Allied Warships

USS Forrest (DD 461)

Destroyer of the Bristol class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 461 
Built byBoston Navy Yard (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered12 Jun 1940 
Laid down6 Jan 1941 
Launched14 Jun 1941 
Commissioned13 Jan 1942 
End service30 Nov 1945 

Converted to High Speed Minesweeper DMS-24 15 November 1944.
Decommissioned 30 November 1945.
Stricken 19 December 1945.
Sold 20 November 1946 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Forrest (DD 461)

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1Lt.Cdr. Merle van Metre, USN13 Jan 194212 Mar 1943
2T/Cdr. Kenneth Pearle Letts, USN12 Mar 194311 Nov 1944
3T/Lt.Cdr. Sanford Elza Woodard, USN11 Nov 194417 Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Forrest include:

24 Aug 1943
HrMs O 15 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) conducted A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow with HMS Zetland (Lt.Cdr. J.V. Wilkinson, DSC, RN) and USS Forrest (Lt.Cdr. K.P. Letts, USN). (1)

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)

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). (3)

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/18199
  3. ADM 173/18313

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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