Forrest III, Nathan Bedford

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Forrest III, Nathan Bedford, born 07-04-1905 in Memphis, Tennesee, had no children, making him the final male Forrest in his great-grandfather’s direct line. Forrest graduated from West Point in 1928 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the cavalry. In 1929 he transferred to the Air Corps and subsequently gained rank rapidly. Promoted to Brigadier General in 1942, Forrest was serving as Chief of Staff of the Second Air Force when he flew missions as an observer with the Eighth Air Force in England. He was reported missing in action when the B-17 Flying Fortress he was in, leading a bombing raid on the German submarine yards at Kiel, went down on 13-06-1943. The other members of the squadron reported seeing parachutes, and hoped that the General had survived. However, Forrest was found dead on 23-09-1943, age 38, when his body washed up near a seaplane base at Ruegen Island in Germany.
He was buried on 28-09-1943 in a small cemetery near Wiek, Rügen. Forrest was the first American General to be killed in action during the war in Europe. Other were Leslie McNair of friendly fire in Normandy, Maurice Rose in an ambush in Heidelberg, Germany and Don Pratt
  the 101st Airborne. General also in Normandy, in a glider crash. The casualties of the 101 Airborne Division during their campaign in Europe; In Normandy, killed/died of wounds 868, wounded in action 2.303, missing/captured 665. In Holland killed 752, wounded 2.151 and missing 398. In the battle of the Bulge in Belgium, killed 482, wounded 2.449 and missing 527, in total killed 2.043, wounded 2.782 and missed 1590. Forrets’s family was awarded his Distinguished Flying Cross for staying with the controls of his B-17 bomber while his crew bailed out. The plane exploded before Forrest could bail out. Tragically, by the time German air-sea rescue could arrive, only one of the crew was still alive in the freezing water. In 1947, two years after the war ended, his widow requested that he be returned to the United States, he was exhumed and reburied in Section 11, at Arlington National Cemetery. In Section 11, next to WWII Brigade General, Commander 106th Infantry Division, Ardennes Offensive, Alan Jones His close neighbours are the Lieutenant General, Commanding General, Normandy, Henry Aurand, Lieutenant Colonel and Fighter ace. “The Boise Bee”, Duane Beeson, the flyer Ace, Brigade General, Evans Carlson, Commander of the 10th Mountain Division , After the first three days of intense combat, the division lost 850 casualties to include 195 dead. The 10thhad captured over 1.000 prisoners. Also buried here, Georg Hays, and General, Vogues Forests, 36th Infantry Division, he arrested Goering
, John Dahlquist, and 1* Major General, Commanding General 7th Armored Division Lindsay Mcdonald Silvester. During its service during World War II, the 7th division   captured and destroyed a disproportionate number of enemy vehicles and took more than 100.000 prisoners and had 5.799 casualties in 172 days of combat.
 

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