Forrest B. Royal

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Forrest Beton Royal
Forrest Royal, January 1945.jpg
Rear Admiral Forrest B. Royal on the bridge of his flagship USS Rocky Mount, January 1945.
Born(1893-02-10)February 10, 1893
New York City, New York
DiedJune 18, 1945(1945-06-18) (aged 52)
Vicinity of Borneo
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1915–45
RankRear Admiral
Commands heldAmphibious Group Six
Battles/warsPhilippines Campaign (1944–45)
AwardsDistinguished Service Medal (2)

Forrest Beton Royal (February 10, 1893 in New York City – June 18, 1945 vicinity of Borneo)


He was a member of the United States Naval Academy class of 1915. Service in increasingly important posts afloat and ashore prepared him for his role as commander of Amphibious Group 6 in the assaults on Leyte, Luzon, Mindanao, and Borneo during the Pacific War in 1944 and 1945. His planning and execution of these important assignments was recognized with the Distinguished Service Medal, and the posthumous (he had died of a heart attack on board his flagship USS Rocky Mount) award of a Gold Star in lieu of a second Distinguished Service Medal.


In 1946 the destroyer USS Forrest Royal was named after RADM Royal, sponsored by his daughter, Miss Katharine K. Royal.


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