FORREST J. FRENCH, COL, USA

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Forrest French '24

Date of birth: April 14, 1902

Date of death: March 8, 1944

Age: 41

Lucky Bag

From the 1924 Lucky Bag:


Loss

From Find A Grave:

Published in THE TOLEDO BLADE, TOLEDO, OHIO, Internet Edition, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1949, PAGE THIRTY-SEVEN

COL. FORREST J. FRENCH

Services for Col. Forrest J. French, formerly of Toledo, killed in an airplane crash March 8, 1944, while returning from an inspection of the area under his command in New Guinea, will be at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow in Arlington National Cemetery, Va.

He will be buried beside his brother, Capt. Fred G. French, who died in 1937.

A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Colonel French transferred to the Coast Artillery Corps of the regular Army and was commanding officer of the 10th Antiaircraft group. He was presented posthumously with the Legion of Honor in 1945. His brother also was a graduate of Annapolis and had transferred to the Coast Artillery.

Colonel French was a member of Ashland Ave. Baptist Church and Boaz Lodge, F & AM, Toledo.

Surviving are a daughter, Mary, and son, Forrest, both of Philadelphia; mother, Mrs. Isabelle French; sister, Mrs. Beatrice K. Baird, and nephew, Joseph L. Baird, all of Toledo, and a twin brother, Edward, of Detroit.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. His son seems to have served in the Army as well; he was a Major in Vietnam in 1968.

Family

As mentioned in the article above, his brother Fred was an alumni of the Naval Academy (Class of 1915); however, Fred did not graduate. He was physically disqualified and had to resign only days before graduation. Have not yet been able to determine the nature of Fred's loss. He is not included in Memorial Hall.


Class of 1924

Forrest is one of 41 members of the Class of 1924 in Memorial Hall.