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Forrest (DMS-24)

Call sign:
Nan - Uncle - Fox - King


Gleaves Class Destroyer/Ellyson Class Highspeed Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 6 January 1941 at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, Mass
  • Launched 14 June 1941
  • Commissioned USS Forrest (DD-461), 13 January 1942
  • Reclassified and converted to Highspeed Minesweeper, DMS-24, 15 November 1944
  • Decommissioned 30 November 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register 19 December 1945
  • Sold for scrap 20 November 1946.


  • Displacement 1,630 t.(lt), 2,200 t.(fl)
  • Length 348' 3"
  • Beam 36' 1"
  • Draft 13' 9"
  • Speed 37.4 kts.
  • Complement 272
  • Armament: Three 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts, two quad 40mm mounts, five 20mm mounts, six depth charge projectors, two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Four Babcock and Wilcox boilers, two 50,000shp Boston Navy Yard geared turbines, Farrel-Birmingham reduction gears, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USS Forrest (DD 461)
    Forrest 85k c. 25 April 1942
    Off Boston Navy Yard
    National Archives photo BS 29870
    Joe Radigan
    USS Forrest (DMS 24)
    Forrest 144k ©John Robert Barrett
    Forrest 117k 27 March 1945
    Seen from LST-888 just prior to the start of the Okinawa landings
    National Archives photo 80-G-335595
    John Chiquoine
    Forrest 93k c. May 1945
    Kamikaze damage at the waterline
    LT William D. Ryan, XO is on the right
    Trish Ryan
    Photo added 12 March 2021
    Forrest 93k c. August 1945
    Forward part of the Forrest being repaired in the Boston Navy Yard after returning from the Pacific
    Forrest 164k Photograph of kamikaze damage to Forrest taken upon arrival at Boston Navy Yard on 6 August 1945. Pencil note on reverse indicates view is of port side looking left and up at main deck and long truss anchors supporting first platform
    Boston Navy Yard photographs 3819-45 and 3825-45, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-11147
    Stephen P. Carlson
    Forrest 199k
    Forrest 148k Forrest being dismantled in a drydock at South Boston Naval Annex, 26 May 1946 John Chiquoine

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Merle Van Metre, USN - USNA Class of 1925
    Awarded the Legion of Merit with Combat V (1945) and two Bronze Stars with Combat V (1944/1945) - Retired
    as Captain
    13 January 1942 - 12 March 1943
    02LCDR Kenneth Pearle Letts, USN - USNA Class of 1932
    Awarded the Silver Star (1944) - Retired as Captain
    12 March 1943 - 11 November 1944
    03LCDR Sanford Elza "Red Dog" Woodard, USN - USNA Class of 1937
    Awarded the Silver Star (1945) and the Navy and Marine Corps Medal (1942) - Retired as Captain
    11 November 1944 - 17 November 1945
    04LCDR Bernard Albert Herman, USNR17 November 1945 - 30 November 1945
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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    NavSource Destroyer Pages, USS Forrest (DD-461)
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