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USS FORREST (DD-461 / DMS-24)


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CLASS - GLEAVES As Built.
Displacement 2395 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 348' 4"(oa) x 36' 1" x 13' 2" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 0.5" MG, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Built by Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA
Laid down 06 January 1941
Launched 14 June 1941
Commissioned 13 January 1942
Redesignated High Speed Minesweeper DMS-24 15 November 1944
Decommissioned 30 November 1945
Stricken 19 December 1945
Fate Sold 20 November 1946 and broken up for scrap.

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- Dulany Forrest entered the Navy as a midshipman 22 May 1809, and served in the frigates President and Essex. Attached to the Lake Erie Station in the War of 1812, Acting Lieutenant Forrest was severely wounded while serving in flagship Lawrence in the Battle of Lake Erie 10 September 1813. His gallant action won him commendation from Commodore 0. H. Perry. Following the war he served in Java and John Adams, and commanded schooners Beagle and Porpoise in the campaign against West Indies pirates. Lieutenant Forrest died while in command of the store ship Decoy in the Caribbean 1 October 1825.Robert M. Cieri
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102kCommemorative cachet issued for dual launching of USS Forrest (DD-461) and USS Fitch (DD-462), 14 June 1941. (Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-11150)Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
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98kBow view of USS Fitch (DD-462) [left] and USS Forrest (DD-461) [right] awaiting launch on Shipways 2 of the Boston Navy Yard, 14 June 1941. (Boston Navy Yard photograph 1230-41, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-11148)Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
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177kStern view of USS Forrest (DD-461) [left] and USS Fitch (DD-462) [right] awaiting launch on Shipways 2 of the Boston Navy Yard, 14 June 1941. (Boston Navy Yard photograph 1230-41, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-11148)Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
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113kMiss Eileen Fairfax Thomson christens USS Forrest (DD-461), 14 June 1941. (Boston Navy Yard photograph 1250-41, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-11148)Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
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154kStern view of launch of USS Forrest (DD-461) from Shipways 2 of the Boston Navy Yard, 14 June 1941. (Boston Navy Yard photograph 1239-41, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-11148)Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
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70kBow view of USS Fitch (DD-462) [left] and USS Forrest (DD-461) in Dry Dock 2 of the Boston Navy Yard immediately after launching, 14 June 1941. (Boston Navy Yard photograph 1243-41, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-11148)Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
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84kStern view of USS Forrest (DD-461) and USS Fitch (DD-462) in Dry Dock 2 of the Boston Navy Yard immediately after launching, 14 June 1941. (Boston Navy Yard photograph 1219-41, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-11126)Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
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67kUSS Forrest (DD-461) in Boston Harbor, 25 April 1943. (Boston Navy Yard photograph 1854-43, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-11146)Michael Polchenko/Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
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63kUSS Forrest (DD-461) in Boston Harbor, 25 April 1943. (Boston Navy Yard photograph 1855-43, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-11146)Ed Zajkowski/Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
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113kUSS Forrest (DD-461)alongside USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60) for refueling, 20 February 1944. Photographed from on board Guadalcanal. Port bow surface view, seen from about the height of the top of Forrest's pilothouse. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 80-G-383847.Steve Graham/Mike Green

USS FORREST DD-461 / DMS-24 History
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Commanding Officers
Forrest (DD-461)
01LCDR Merle Van Metre (USNA 1925)13 January 1942 - 12 March 1943
02LCDR Kenneth Pearle Letts (USNA 1932)12 March 1942 - 11 November 1944
Forrest (DMS-24)
03LCDR Sanford Elza Woodard (USNA 1937)11 November 1944 - 17 November 1945
04LCDR Bernard Albert Hernan D-V(G), USNR17 November 1945 - 30 November 1945
Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource Minesweeper Pages, USS Forrest (DMS-24)
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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