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|56k||04 February 1952: Mare Island Naval Shipyard - Aft plan view of Forster (WDE 434), inboard, and Newell (WDE 422) at Mare Island. Both were in overhaul at the yard from 10 September 1951 to 05 February 1952. (U.S. Navy photo #DE 344 11701-52)||Darryl Baker|
PNCM, USNR (ret.)
Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
|56k||04 February 1952: Mare Island Naval Shipyard - Forward plan view of Forster (WDE 434), inboard, and Newell (WDE 422). (U.S. Navy photo #DE 344 11698-52)|
|143k||Undated Post-Conversion Image||Nick Tiberio|
|143k||circa 1957: USS Forster underway. (Official U.S. Navy Photo; From "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1958-59")||Bob Hurst|
England, United Kingdom
|303k||1961: Hong Kong - A special assignment was given to Forster in late fall of 1960 when she was relieved of Pacific Barrier Patrol duty and assigned to WestPac. Loaded with a large number of extra depth charges, she systematically dropped them on a great circle track from 9 deg. north of the Equator to a point east of Japan (along the then Russian missile testing track). Sonar buoys and various other sound detection devices in the Pacific then picked up and triangulated the sounds of the explodong depth charges to simulate the splash location of future Russian test warheads. Upon reaching Japan, Forster was assigned to Formosa Patrol duty, 6 weeks as Station Ship Hong Kong, and made a good-will tour of the Philippine Islands (San Carlos, Negro; Surigao, Mindinao; Ormoc City, Leyte; and Kalibo, Panay). She returned to Pearl Harbor in the summer of 1961.||William C. Krommenhoek|
July 1958 - June 1961
San Diego, Cal.
|121k||19 September 1962: location unknown - Commander Gordon R. Nagler and Admiral John H. Sides examine the the Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy plaque, during ceremonies in which
Forster received the award. Established in 1962 in honor of former Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, USN, this award plaque's sculptor was H. de Bellis.
In 1971 this trophy was transferred to the collections of the Curator of the Department of the Navy.
(USNHC Photo #NH55887 and National Archives Photo #1061190)
|56k||RD2 Phil Burton had this photo scanned and printed from a cruise book photo, circa 1964||Dick Hallowell |
|164k||20 February 1966: the South China Sea - 82-footers of Coast Guard Division 13, refueling from the Navy escort USS Forster (DE 334) en route to Vietnam from Subic Bay.
(U.S. Coast Guard Photo CPI-022066-09 by PHC F. Borzage, USCG, from the U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office)
England, United Kingdom
|144k||as above. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by PHC F. Borzage, USCG from the U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office)|
|78k||May 1966: Kaohsiung, Taiwan - a nice shot of Forster's Hedgehog launcher||Larry Backus|
|87k||January 1969: Pearl Harbor - Forster makes her approach to moor alongside USS
Charles Berry (DE 1035) and USS Vance (DER 387).
(Photo © Richard Leonhardt)
|38k||passing the USS Renville (APA 227)||Lt. Richard Dawson|
USS Renville (APA 227)
|280k||1968: location unknown - The escort ship USS Forster (DE 334) underway. (U.S. Navy photo by PHCM L. P. Bodine)||Bob Hurst|
England, United Kingdom
|217k||circa prior to May 1970: USS Frontier (AD 25) moored pierside at Pearl Harbor, with, from outboard to inboard; USS Forster (DER 334), an unidentified DER, USS Fletcher (DD 445), USS Walker (DD 517 and USS Taylor (DD 468), .||Mike Smolinski|
|38k||undated: ex-USS Forster as HQVN Tran Khanh Du (HQ-4)||Bang Le|
|View the USS Forster (DE 334) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS Forster as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Forster's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 25 Jan. 1944 - 27 May 1944||Lcdr. Irving Edward Davis, USNR (Comm. CO) (prior enl.) (Providence, R.I.)|
|2.) 27 May 1944 - .. .... ....||Lt. J. N. Clayton Jr., USNR|
|3.) .. .... .... - 15 Jun. 1946||Ens. Byron Maggos USNR (Decomm. CO)|
|6.) 23 Oct. 1956 - .. Jun. 1958||Lcdr. Glenn Harold Brown Jr. (Alhambra, Cal.)|
|7.) .. Jun. 1958 - .. Jul. 1959||Lcdr. P. C. Parker|
|8.) .. Jul. 1959 - .. Jul. 1960||Lcdr. Charles Pinkney Tesh (V-7, '45) (Winston-Salem, N.C.) (ret. as Vadm.)|
|9.) .. Jul. 1960 - .. Jan. 1962||Lcdr. Jack W. Bennett|
|10.) .. Jan. 1962 - .. Dec. 1962||Lcdr. Gordon Richard Nagler (enl. '43 / NROTC '45) (Baltimore, Md.) (ret. as Vadm.)|
|11.) .. Dec. 1962 – 19 Dec. 1964||Lcdr. Joel Halbert Berry Jr. (Norfolk, Va.)|
|12.) 19 Dec. 1964 - .. .... 1966||Lcdr. Jack Campbell (USNA '53) (Butler, Pa.)|
|13.) .. .... 1966 - 18 Mar. 1968||Lcdr. Herbert Joseph Dean (prior enl. '44 / USNA '54) (Lawrence, Mass.)|
|14.) 18 Mar. 1968 – 14 Sep. 1969||Lcdr. Donald Eugene Repass (Fresno, Cal.)|
|15.) 14 Sep. 1969 – 25 Sep. 1971||Lcdr. David D. Schroeder (Davenport, Ia.)|
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