Courtesy of Robert Snow: April 2008
Admiral Forrest B. Royal, U.S. Navy
Admiral Royal was born on February 10, 1893 in New York City. He graduated from the Naval Academy with the class of 1915.
He held various assignments both at sea and on shore duty before World War II.
He was Commander of Amphibious Group 6 in the assaults on Leyte, Luzon, Mindanao, and Borneo during the war in the Pacific between 1944 and 1945.
For this service he was awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal and was awarded a second DSM after his death.
He died of a heart attack on board his flagship the USS Rocky Mount (AGC-3) on June 18, 1945.
In 1946 the USS Forrest Royal (DD-872) was named after him and was sponsored by his daughter, Mrs. Katharine K. Royal. The destroyer saw service in the Korean War.
ADMIRAL ROYAL BURIED
Hero of the Pacific War Died in 1945
Service Held at Arlington
WASHINGTON, September 9, 1948 – Rear Admiral Forrest B. Royal, former commander of the Seventh Amphibious Force, who died in the Pacific Theater of war on June 18, 1945, was buried today in Arlington National Cemetery.
Admiral Royal died of a heart attack a month after having directed the landing of Australian and Netherlands troops at Tarakan Island, Borneo. He attended the Quebec, Cairo and Teheran Conferences.
His surviving relatives are his widow, Mrs. Katherine Wright Royal of La Jolla, California, and two daughters, Mrs. James Wood Burch of Arlington, Virginia, and Miss Katherine Royal.
ROYAL, FORREST B
REAR ADM U S N WW I WW II
- BURIED AT: SECTION 11 SITE 597 S H
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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