DD-931 General Specifications
Class: Forrest Sherman-class destroyer
Named for: Forrest P. Sherman
Complement: 324 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 2800 tons
Length: 418 feet
Beam: 45 feet
Flank Speed: 32 Knots
Range: 4 500 miles
Final Disposition:On donation hold for museum
USS FORREST SHERMAN (DD-931)
Forrest Sherman (DD-931) was launched 5 February 1955 by Bath Iron Works Corp.
Maine sponsored by Mrs. Forrest P. Sherman
widow of Admiral Sherman
and commissioned 9 November 1955 Commander R. S. Crenshaw in command.
After a year of initial training and fitting out
Forrest Sherman arrived at her home port
15 January 1957. Two days later she sailed for Washington
where she was open for public visiting during the week of the second inauguration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. From Newport
Forrest Sherman sailed on training and fleet exercises along the east coast and in the Caribbean
until the summer of 1957
when she took part in the midshipman cruise to South America and the International Naval Review in Hampton Roads 12 June.
On 3 September 1957
Forrest Sherman sailed for NATO Operation "Strikeback
" screening a carrier striking group in exercises off Norway. She called at Plymouth
before returning to Narragansett Bay 22 October In preparation for her first deployment to the Mediterranean the destroyer took part in amphibious exercises off Puerto Rico in July 1958
and arrived at Gibraltar 10 August. She patrolled the eastern Mediterranean through the rest of the month
then sailed to join the 7th Fleet in its operations off Taiwan in support of the threatened islands of Quemoy and Matsu. Sailing eastward to complete a cruise around the world
Forrest Sherman returned to Newport 11 November.
During the summer of 1959
Forrest Sherman joined in Operation "Inland Sea
" the cruise of a task force into the Great Lakes in celebration of the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway. She served as escort to the Royal Yacht HMS Brittania with President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth II embarked for the naval review on Lake St. Louis 26 June
then sailed on to entertain over 110
000 visitors at Great Lakes ports. Returning to Newport
Forrest Sherman took part in coastal exercises with the Atlantic Fleet
then underwent minor repairs and alterations in the Boston Naval Shipyard.
More training exercises began in 1960 for the destroyer
and on 21 March she sailed on a 7-month cruise to the Mediterranean and duty with the 6th Fleet. En route home in October
Forrest Sherman came to the aid of the Liberian freighter Allen Christensen who had a severely injured man on board. Taking off the patient in a motor whaleboat at night Forrest Sherman sped him to Bermuda
site of the nearest hospital. The destroyer arrived at Newport on 15 October and some 4 weeks later entered the Boston Naval Shipyard for major overhaul
lasting into 1961.
[Note: The above USS FORREST SHERMAN (DD-931) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS FORREST SHERMAN (DD-931) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]