Forrest Close, USN
|Born||4 Jan 1904||Waynesboro, Georgia, USA|
Warship Commands listed for Forrest Close, USN
|USS McLanahan (i) (DD 264)||Lt.Cdr.||Destroyer||18 Dec 1939||9 Oct 1940|
|USS Greer (DD 145)||Lt.Cdr.||Destroyer||12 Dec 1940||8 Sep 1941|
|USS Hambleton (DD 455)||Lt.Cdr.||Destroyer||22 Nov 1941||29 Nov 1942|
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Destroyer USS Greer (DD 145)
4 Sep 1941
On 4 September 1941, USS Greer had been signalled by a British bomber, that a German U-boat was hiding in the vicinity. Greer found sound contact, and started to pursue the U-boat U-652 from close range. The aircraft dropped 4 depth charges, and left the scene, leaving the two fighting ships. Soon after the U-boat fired a torpedo at the US warship, perhaps believing she dropped the four bombs. After this USS Greer went into attack, and a 2 hour battle followed, during which she dropped 19 depth charges, and the U-boat fired another torpedo, without results. President Roosevelt used this event in his campaign to convince the US to go to war, and the "undeclared war" between U-boats and US escorts escalated dramatically. (1)
Destroyer USS Hambleton (DD 455)
19 Mar 1942
USS Hambleton picks up 6 survivors from the Honduran merchant Ceiba that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-124 east east of Cape Hatteras in position 35°43'N, 73°49'W two days earlier.
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