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USS FORSTER (DE-334) - an Edsall-class destroyer escort

In Commission 1944 to 1971

DE-334 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
AUG 1943 - Keel Date: 31 AUG 1943
at Consolidated Steel Corporation Orange TX
NOV 1943 - Launch Date: 13 NOV 1943
JAN 1944 - Commissioned: 25 JAN 1944
JAN 1962 - MAR 1962 Antarctic Circle
JAN 1962 - Shellback Initiation - 15 JAN 1962 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 1962 - OCT 1962 1962 Nuclear Sea Tests Christmas and Johnson Island
JAN 1963 - JAN 1963 Mercury Capsule Recovery
JAN 1963 - MAR 1963 Antarctic Circle
APR 1965 - OCT 1965 West Pac-Viet Nam
DEC 1965 - SEP 1966 West Pac-Viet Nam
DEC 1966 - SEP 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
DEC 1967 - SEP 1968 West Pac-Viet Nam
DEC 1968 - SEP 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP 1971 - SEP 1971 Decommisioning
SEP 1971 - Decommissioned: 25 SEP 1971

DE-334 General Specifications

Class: Edsall-class destroyer escort

Named for: Edward William Forster

Displacement: 1253 tons

Length: 306 feet

Beam: 36.58 feet

Draft: 10 feet 4 in

Range: 9 100 Nautical Miles

Final Disposition: Loaned to South Vietnam 25 September 1971


Forster (DE-334) was launched 13 November 1943 by Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex.; sponsored by Mrs. E. W. Forster, widow of Machinist Forster; and commissioned 25 January 1944, Lieutenant Commander I. E. Davis, USNR, in command. She was reclassified DER-334 on 21 October 1955.

Beginning her convoy escort duty in the Atlantic, Forster sailed from Norfolk 23 March 1944 in a convoy bound for Bizerte. Off the north African coast 11 April, her group came under heavy attack from German bombers, several of which Forster splashed. When Holder (DE-401) was torpedoed by a submarine during the air attack, Forster stood by the stricken ship, firing a protective antiaircraft cover and taking off her wounded.

Forster returned to New York 11 May 1944, and during the next year, made six voyages across the Atlantic to escort convoys to Bizerte, England, and France. Between these missions, she served as school-ship for precommissioning crews for new construction and gave escort services along the east coast and to Bermuda. On 20 June 1945, she sailed from New York for training in Chesapeake and Guantanamo Bays en route to San Diego and Pearl Harbor, where she arrived 25 July.

Forster departed Pearl Harbor 30 August 1945 for occupation duty in the western Pacific, primarily escort assignments between the Marianas and Japan. She sailed for home from Guam 9 January 1946, reaching Philadelphia 12 February. Forster was decommissioned and placed in reserve at Green Cove Springs 15 June 1946.

Between 20 June 1951 and 25 May 1954, Forster was in commission in the Coast Guard, serving on weather station duty out of Honolulu, and once voyaging to Japan. She returned to reserve in naval custody until recommissioned at Long Beach, Calif., 23 October 1956. After training, she joined Escort Squadron 5 at Seattle, Wash., for radar picket duty in the continental air defense system. She continued similar duty from Pearl Harbor, her home port from 20 June 1958, serving in the Pacific Barrier, a distant early warning line of picket ships and aircraft operating from Hawaii to Alaska. Through 1962, Forster alternated periods on demanding patrol duty with necessary maintenance at Pearl Harbor, occasionally calling at Alaskan ports.

Forster received one battle star for World War II service.

[Note: The above USS FORSTER (DE-334) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS FORSTER (DE-334), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]