Melvin L. Forrester (1952/08/15)
Melvin's navy career and life ended on the streets of San Diego.
Melvin Lee Forrester was born on September 17, 1923 in Fresno California to Mr. and Mrs. Willis Forrester. When Melvin was a young boy, the Forrester family moved to the Pajaro Valley and settled in the community of Freedom. Over the years the family grew to include sons Donald, Alfred, Harry and Ronald and daughters Marilyn and Patricia. Melvin was educated in local schools; however, his graduation from Watsonville High School has yet to be confirmed.
Melvin Forrester joined the US Navy on October 27, 1941. He attended boot camp and was trained as a metalsmith. During World War II, he served in both the European and Pacific Theaters.
Shortly after the war, Melvin married Lois Farris and the couple established residence in Freedom where their children Melvin Jr., Michael and Kathleen were born. He remained in the navy and rose to the rating of metalsmith petty officer first class.
During the Korean War, Melvin Forrester was assigned to the USS Hampton County LST 803.
“This LST was used primarily for transporting tanks, wheeled and tracked vehicles, and artillery along with construction equipment and military supplies to the combat zone.”
Melvin Forrester was crossing a downtown San Diego street on August 15, 1952, when he was hit by a vehicle that killed him. His body was returned to Watsonville and after a funeral at St. Patrick's church, he was interred in the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno.
(USDVA; DANFS, LST 803 USS Hampton Court; WRP August 18, 1952, August 21, 1952 2:6)