USS Forrest (DD 461)
Destroyer of the Bristol class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Boston Navy Yard (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||12 Jun 1940|
|Laid down||6 Jan 1941|
|Launched||14 Jun 1941|
|Commissioned||13 Jan 1942|
|End service||30 Nov 1945|
Converted to High Speed Minesweeper DMS-24 15 November 1944.
Commands listed for USS Forrest (DD 461)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Merle van Metre, USN||13 Jan 1942||12 Mar 1943|
|2||T/Cdr. Kenneth Pearle Letts, USN||12 Mar 1943||11 Nov 1944|
|3||T/Lt.Cdr. Sanford Elza Woodard, USN||11 Nov 1944||17 Nov 1945|
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Notable events involving Forrest include:
2 Sep 1943
HMS Tantivy (Cdr. M.G. Rimington, DSO, RN) conducted attack exercises at/off Scapa Flow with USS Ranger (Capt. G. Rowe, USN) that was escorted by USS Forrest (T/Cdr. K.P. Letts, USN), USS Hobson (Lt.Cdr. K. Loveland, USN) and USS Corry (T/Cdr. L.B. Ensey, USN). (2)
14 Sep 1943
Around 1530/14 HMS Renown (Capt. W.E. Parry, CB, RN) departed Halifax for the UK. On board were the Prime Minister (Churchill) and his entourage. At sea HMS Renown wass joined by an escort made up of the heavy cruiser HMS Kent (Capt. G.A.B. Hawkins, DSC, MVO, RN) and the destroyers HMS Obdurate (Lt.Cdr. C.E.L. Sclater, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Obedient (Lt.Cdr. H. Unwin, DSC and Bar, RN).
At 0730/16, the heavy cruiser HMS Norfolk (Capt. D.K. Bain, RN) joined coming from Hvalfiord, Iceland.
Around 1430/16, the destroyers HMS Matchless (Lt.Cdr. J. Mowlam, DSO, RN) and HMS Orwell (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Hodges, DSO, RN) joined coming from St. Johns. HMS Obdurate and HMS Obedient were then detached to Argentia.
Around 1100/18, the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (Capt. G. Rowe, USN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral O.M. Hustvedt, USN) joined coming from Scapa Flow. She was escorted by the destroyers USS Forrest (T/Cdr. K.P. Letts, USN), USS Hobson (T/Lt.Cdr. K. Loveland, USN) and USS Corry (T/Cdr. L.B. Ensey, USN).
At 1405/18, HMS Kent parted company to proceed to Scapa Flow.
At 1900/18, USS Ranger and her escorting destroyers parted company to proceed to Scapa Flow.
At 0050/19, HMS Norfolk parted company to proceed to Scapa Flow.
Around 0900/19, HMS Renown, HMS Matchless, HMS Orwell, HMS Scorpion and HMS Scourge arrived in the Clyde.
The Prime Minister and his entourage then disembarked from HMS Renown. (3)
28 Sep 1943
During 28/29 September the battleships HMS Duke of York (Capt. B.B. Schofield, RN, flying the flag of Admiral B.A. Fraser, KCB, KBE, RN), HMS Anson (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, DSO and Bar, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral H.R. Moore, KCB, DSO, CVO, RN), battlecruiser HMS Renown (Capt. W.E. Parry, CB, RN), aircraft carrier USS Ranger (Capt. G. Rowe, USN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral O.M. Hustvedt, USN), heavy cruiser USS Tuscaloosa (Capt. J.B.W. Waller, USN), light cruiser HMS Belfast (Capt. F.R. Parham, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral R.L. Burnett, CB, DSO, OBE, RN) and the destroyers HMS Janus (Lt.Cdr. W.B.R. Morrison, RN), HMS Onslaught (Cdr. W.H. Selby, RN), HMCS Iroquois (Cdr. J.C. Hibbard DSC, RCN), USS Forrest (T/Cdr. K.P. Letts, USN), USS Hobson (T/Lt.Cdr. K. Loveland, USN), USS Fitch (T/Cdr. K.C. Walpole, USN), USS Corry (T/Cdr. L.B. Ensey, USN) and USS Capps (T/Cdr. B.E.S. Trippensee, USN), conducted exercises off Scapa Flow. (4)
21 Oct 1943
HMS Tuna (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Royalist (Capt. M.H. Evelegh, RN), HMS Ashanti (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Barnes, RN) and USS Forrest (Lt.Cdr. K.P. Letts, USN). (5)
23 Oct 1943
HMS Renown (Capt. W.E. Parry, CB, RN), HMS Birmingham (Capt. H.W. Williams, RN), HMS Ashanti (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Barnes, RN) and USS Forrest (T/Cdr. K.P. Letts, USN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow.
In the afternoon HMS Renown and the two destroyers served as targets for the British submarine HMS Uther (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN). (6)
- File 2.12.03.6398 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/18199
- ADM 53/118434
- Report COMTASFOR 22 (USN) September 1943
- ADM 173/18313
- ADM 173/18397
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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