Forrest Close, USN

Born  4 Jan 1904


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Ranks

13 Feb 1939 Lt.Cdr.
  Cdr.
1 Jun 1943 T/Capt.

Decorations

Warship Commands listed for Forrest Close, USN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
USS McLanahan (i) (DD 264)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer18 Dec 19399 Oct 1940
USS Greer (DD 145)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer12 Dec 19408 Sep 1941
USS Hambleton (DD 455)Cdr.Destroyer22 Nov 194129 Nov 1942

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Events related to this officer

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)


12 Mar 1942
USS Hambleton picks up 27 survivors from the American merchant Olga that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-126 in the Old Bahama Channel in position 21°32'N, 76°24'W.

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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