USS Forsyth, PF-102


A city in Georgia.


Builder:  American Shipbuilding Co., Cleveland, Ohio
Length:  303' 11"
Beam:  37' 6"
Draft:  12' 8" fl
Displacement: 2,230 tons
Propulsion:  2-shaft VTE, 3 boilers
Range:  9,500 nm at 12 knots
Top speed:  20 knots
Complement:  190

Armament: 3 x 3"/50; 4 x 40mm (2x2); 9 x 20mm; 1 x Hedgehog, 8 x depth charge projectors; 2 x depth charge racks.  For those frigates fitted out for weather patrol duty, the after 3-inch gun was removed and a weather balloon hanger was added aft.


HISTORY:

Forsyth (PF - 102) was launched 20 May 1944 by American Shipbuilding Co., Cleveland, Ohio.  She was sponsored by Miss Mary Persons and was commissioned 11 February 1945 under the command of LCDR E. M. Osborne, USCGR.

After shakedown training in the Caribbean, Forsyth sailed north to Argentia, Newfoundland, the base for her future operations as a weather station ship.  She departed 2 April on her first patrol, reporting meteorological data, and maintaining readiness to aid any ship or aircraft in distress.  On 12 May she was called off her station to search through haze and fog for a German submarine who wanted to surrender.  Three days later Forsyth joined Sutton (DE - 771) in accepting the surrender of U-234 in 4639' N.,4539' W. This submarine was carrying a German technical mission to Tokyo where they expected to help the Japanese.  Two Japanese officer passengers on board had previously committed suicide rather than surrender.

Later the day of the capture, on board Forsyth, her medical officer, joined by the doctor from U-234 operated on one of Sutton's men who had been wounded accidentally while collecting small arms on board the submarine.  The frigate carried the injured sailor into Argentia, arriving 18 May.  Despite the prompt treatment of the wound, internal hemorrhage proved too severe, and the victim died a week later.

After 5 more months of arduous duty in the North Atlantic, Forsyth steamed south to Recife, Brazil, where she moored on 1 December 1945.  From that date until 1 March 1946, the frigate operated out of Recife on weather station duty.  On 8 March Forsyth departed Recife for Trinidad; at 2400 14 March, while at sea, she was decommissioned as a ship of the Navy and immediately thereafter, was recommissioned as a Coast Guard cutter.  From Trinidad, she sailed on to Boston, arriving 23 March.  After one more patrol on weather station duty, Forsyth proceeded to New Orleans where she was decommissioned on 2 August 1946.


SOURCES:

The Coast Guard At War, Transports and Escorts, Vol. V, No. 1. 

Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships, 1922-1946.  London: Conway Maritime Press, 1992, pp. 148-149.

Dictionary of American Naval Fighting ShipsVol. II, pp. 432-433.