Forrest, Allen, SMCS

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Current Service Status
USN Retired
Current/Last Rank
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Current/Last Primary NEC
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1976-1977, SM-0000, USS Franklin D.Roosevelt (CVA-42)
Previously Held NEC
SM-9508-Recruit/Assistant Recruit Company Commander/Recruit Instructor
Service Years
1958 - 1977
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose)
Plank Owner
Four Hash Marks

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Career Counselor US Navy Retired 20 Recruit Company Commander

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose)

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
After many years as an accountant and financial planner, I am now semi-retired. I still provide tax planning and preparation services for a group of long-time clients. However, most of my non-tax-filing-season activities consist of traveling around the southeastern United States with my cameras.

You can check out some of my navy travel, family photos,  and more recent photography at my photo website and blog site.
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Operation Puma (Bay of Pigs, Cuba)
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Operation off southern Cuba Beginning April 15th and ending April 19th 1961. Cuban casualties,2,200 killed or wounded. Exile Forces lost 68 KIA and 1200 + captured. Four U.S.pilots reported KIA.

April 15 — In Operation Puma, eight Douglas B-26B Invaders painted in Cuban Air Force markings manned by anti-Castro Cuban exiles of the Fuerza Aérea de Liberación ("Liberation Air Force") fly from Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, to attack airfields at San Antonio de los Baños and Ciudad Libertad, Cuba, and Antonio Maceo Airport at Santiago de Cuba. They destroy a mixture of Cuban Air Force aircraft — a Douglas C-47 Skytrain, a Consolidated PBY Catalina, five Douglas B-26 Invaders, a Hawker Sea Fury, a Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star, and two Republic P-47 Thunderbolts, among others — and a number of civilian aircraft, including a Douglas DC-3. One attacking Douglas B-26 Invader is shot down by antiaircraft fire at Havana and its crew is lost; two Douglas B-26 Invaders land in Florida, and one in the Cayman Islands and are not returned to the Cuban exiles.
April 17 — Anti-Castro Cuban exiles invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs. Five Curtiss C-46 Commandos and one Douglas C-54 Skymaster drop a battaltion of their paratroopers into Cuba, losing one Curtiss C-46 Commando, and later parachute supplies to exile troops ashore, while the remaining Douglas B-26 Invader bombers of their Fuerza Aérea de Liberación — some flown by Central Intelligence Agency contractors and personnel of the Alabama Air National Guard — provide close air support near the beachhead. The invading exiles shoot down two Cuban Hawker Sea Furies and two Cuban Douglas B-26 Invaders with antiaircraft fire. The Cuban Air Force has only six operational aircraft, but two of its Hawker Sea Furies sink two of the exiles' five ships and drive off the rest and its only two jets - Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star trainers - shoot down four Fuerza Aérea de Liberación Douglas B-26 Invaders. The exiles' Douglas B-26 Invaders and Douglas C-54 Skymasters continue to support the beachhead the following day. United States Navy ships supporting the exiles include the anti-submarine warfare carrier USS Essex (CVS-9) and the helicopter assault carrier USS Boxer (LPH-4), and the attack aircraft carrier USS Shangri-La (CVA-38) is active near the Cayman Islands, but their aircraft see no combat, limiting their activities to combat air patrol, reconnaissance, and search and rescue flights. [1]
April 19 — Six Douglas A4D-2 Skyhawk attack aircraft from Attack Squadron 34 (VA-34) aboard USS Essex fly a combat air patrol over the exiles' beachhead at the Bay of Pigs, to protect Fuerza Aérea de Liberación Douglas B-26 Invaders providing close air support there, but a mix-up over time zones leads two of the Douglas B-26 Invaders - manned by Central Intelligence Agency contractor personnel - to arrive after the Douglas A4D-2 Skyhawks have departed; they are shot down by two Cuban Lockheed T-33 Shooting Stars, with their crews killed. The exiles in the beachhead surrender later in the day. The Cuban Air Force has suffered four aircraft shot down and at least five destroyed on the ground during the invasion, while the exiles have lost seven Douglas B-26 Invaders with the lost of 10 Cubans and four Americans aboard them, and one Curtiss C-46 Commando and its crew.

The guardsmen were promised air cover from the USS Essex, a U.S. aircraft carrier off the Cuban coast in international waters, but as the bombers arrived over the beachhead at sunrise, Castro's fighter jets lay in wait for them. The two lead B-26s came under attack and the promised air support from the Essex did not materialize. Riley Shamburger and his crewmember Wade Gray were hit and crashed into the water with their plane, and their bodies were not recovered. Further inland, Cuban gunners brought down Pete Ray's bomber. He and crewmember Leo F. Baker survived the crash, only to be killed in a shootout with Cuban soldiers. As the remaining B-26 crews flew out of the area, jet fighters from the Essex finally appeared. In a tragic mix-up, perhaps related to time zones, the jets had arrived one hour too late.
The invasion collapsed that afternoon, and the resistance fighters, having exhausted their supplies and ammunition, surrendered to Castro's army. It had taken Castro's forces just 72 hours to defeat the invasion.
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  50 Also There at This Battle:
  • Abraham, Richard, PO2, (1959-1963)
  • Barton, Fred, PO3, (1958-1962)
  • Borlick, Robert, LT, (1959-1969)
  • Burik, Frank, PO2, (1960-1964)
  • Calkins, Chuck, SCPO, (1957-1978)
  • Cannon, Michael, PO2, (1960-1967)
  • Chetwynd, Bob, PO2, (1957-1961)
  • Cockrell, Walter, SN, (1958-1962)
  • Goldsberry, Richard, CWO3, (1959-1986)
  • Gordon, Bill, PO2, (1957-1961)
  • Laird, Dave, SN, (1960-1966)
  • Legate, Gary, CPO, (1958-1985)
  • Lindberg, Robert, PO1, (1958-1980)
  • Miller, Gary, PO2, (1960-1966)
  • Morris, David, PO3, (1959-1963)
  • ODonnell, William, SN, (1957-1961)
  • Oswald, Donald, CPO, (1960-1983)
  • Paad, Harry, PO3, (1960-1966)
  • Pace, David, SN, (1960-1966)
  • Perkins, William, MCPO, (1959-1979)
  • Reed, Sam, PO3, (1960-1964)
  • Rogers, Walter, PO3, (1959-1961)
  • Saulina, Anthony, PO3, (1960-1964)
  • Sylvia, Henry, CPO, (1948-1989)
  • Talmud, Herbert, CMC, (1958-2000)
  • Thompson, James, PO2, (1960-1963)
  • Zehner, Troy
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