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USS Forster (DE-334)
USS Forster (DER-334) underway, circa in 1957
Career (United States) Flag of the United States.svg
Namesake: Edward William Forster
Builder: Consolidated Steel Corporation, Orange, Texas
Laid down: 31 August 1943
Launched: 13 November 1943
Commissioned: 25 January 1944
Decommissioned: 25 September 1971
Reclassified: DER-334, 21 October 1955
Struck: 25 September 1971
Fate: Loaned to South Vietnam, 25 September 1971
Career (United States) Ensign of the United States Coast Guard.svg
Name: USCGC Forster WDE-434
Commissioned: 29 June 1951
Decommissioned: 25 May 1954
Fate: Returned to USN, 25 May 1954
Career (South Vietnam) Flag of South Vietnam.svg
Name: RVNS Trần Khánh Dư (HQ-04)
Acquired: 25 September 1971
Fate: Captured by North Vietnam, 29 April 1975
Career (Vietnam) Flag of the People&#039;s Army of Vietnam
Name: VPNS Dai Ky (HQ-03)
Acquired: 29 April 1975
Status: In service c. 1997, status unknown
General characteristics
Class & type: Edsall-class destroyer escort
Displacement: 1,253 tons standard
1,590 tons full load
Length: 306 ft (93 m)
Beam: 36.58 ft (11.15 m)
Draft: 10.42 ft (3.18 m) full load
Propulsion: 4 × FM diesel engines
4 × diesel generators,
6,000 shp (4,500 kW)
2 × screws
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)
Range: 9,100 nmi (16,900 km; 10,500 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 8 officers, 201 enlisted
Armament:

USS Forster (DE-334) was launched 13 November 1943 by Consolidated Steel Corporation, Orange, Texas; sponsored by Mrs. E. W. Forster, widow of Machinist Edward W. Forster, who was killed in action during the Battle of Savo Island, 9 August 1942 with the sinking of USS Vincennes. Forster was commissioned 25 January 1944 and served as an escort in the Atlantic and Mediterranean during World War II. She was decommissioned and placed in reserve at Green Cove Springs, Florida on 15 June 1946.

Coast Guard serviceEdit

She was turned over to the United States Coast Guard on 20 June 1951. Forster (given the Coast Guard hull number WDE-434) served on ocean station duty out of Honolulu. This included duty on Ocean Stations VICTOR, QUEEN, and SUGAR and voyages to Japan. She also conducted search and rescue duties, including finding and assisting the following vessels in distress: the M/V Katori Maru on 17 August 1952, assisting the M/V Chuk Maru on 29 August 1953, the M/V Tongshui on 1 – 3 October 1953, and the M/V Steel Fabricator on 26 October 1953. She was returned to the Navy on 25 May 1954.

Republic of Vietnam serviceEdit

She returned to reserve in naval custody until recommissioned at Long Beach, California, 23 October 1956. In February 1966, Forster escorted the nine cutters comprising Division 13 of Coast Guard Squadron One from Naval Base Subic Bay to Vung Tau in South Vietnam.[1] She served in the Navy until she was transferred on 25 September 1971 to South Vietnam. The Vietnamese reclassified her as a frigate and renamed her RVNS Trần Khánh Dư (HQ-04). In 1974, she participated in the Battle of the Paracel Islands.

Socialist Republic of Vietnam serviceEdit

She was in a shipyard, in overhaul, when Saigon fell on 30 April 1975, and was captured by North Vietnamese forces. The U.S. Navy wrote her off as “Transferred to Vietnam, 30 April 1975.” The communists renamed her VPNS Dai Ky (HQ-03), she apparently was still seaworthy in 1997 and was used as a training ship. By 1999, she was reduced to a training hulk.

Military awards and honorsEdit

Combat Action Ribbon Combat Action Ribbon
American Campaign Medal ribbon American Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign ribbon Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Bronze star
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign ribbon.svg
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (with one bronze service star)
World War II Victory Medal ribbon World War II Victory Medal
Army of Occupation ribbon Navy Occupation Service Medal
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg
National Defense Service Medal (with one bronze service star)
AnArcRib Antarctica Service Medal
Bronze star
AFEMRib.svg
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (with one bronze service star)
Silver star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Vietnam Service Ribbon.svg
Vietnam Service Medal (with one silver and two bronze service stars)
Vietnam gallantry cross unit award-3d Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm (with four bronze service stars)
Vietnam Campaign Medal ribbon Vietnam Campaign Medal

ReferencesEdit

Footnotes
  1. Larzelere, p 76
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