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James Forrestal
Birth: Feb. 15, 1892
Death: May 22, 1949

US Secretary of Defense. U.S. Secretary of the Navy in 1944-47. U.S. Secretary of Defense, 1947-49. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War I. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York in 1944. He committed suicide by jumping from a window on the 16th floor, while a patient at Bethesda Naval Hospital. (bio by: Imagine) 
Family links: 
  Michael Vincent Forrestal (1927 - 1989)*
  Peter O. Forrestal (1930 - 1982)*
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Suicide
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 30 Lot 674 Grid X-39
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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 Added: Apr. 18, 2014
Sir, Thank You sir for your service, this is coming from the 5 Miller brothers who also proudly served Our Country.
- Robert David Miller
 Added: Mar. 30, 2014
James Forrestal:Sir thanks for being the first U.S. Secretary of Defense from 1947-49, happy 122nd birthday!
 Added: Feb. 15, 2014
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