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James Forrestal
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Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1892
Date of Death: 1949
Cause of Death: Fall from a window (under suspicious circumstances)
Religion:
Occupation: Fighter pilot, Sailor, Politician
Spouse: Josephine Stovall
Children: Michael, Peter
Military Branch: United States Navy (World War I)
Political Party: Democratic Party
Political Office(s): US Secretary of the Navy,
US Secretary of Defense
Fictional Appearances:
The Man With the Iron Heart
POD: May 29, 1942;
Relevant POD: May, 1945
Type of Appearance: Oblique contemporary reference
Political Office(s): US Secretary of the Navy

James Vincent Forrestal (February 15, 1892 – May 22, 1949) was the United States Secretary of the Navy from 1944-1947, and the first United States Secretary of Defense from 1947 until his death. He led the Navy through World War II, and implemented a policy of racial integration. His death, a fall from a hospital window, has been the center of much speculation.

James Forrestal in The Man With the Iron Heart[]

By 1947, the Secretary of the Navy was growing very anxious about the possibility of the German Freedom Front introducing a radium bomb into the United States via freighter. This concern was shared by the senior Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee. Committee member Jerry Duncan (R-Indiana) discounted these concerns.[1]

Literary comment[]

Forrestal is not named as the Secretary of the Navy, but there's no reason to think someone else was in the office.

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Political offices
(OTL)
Preceded by
Frank Knox
United States Secretary of the Navy
1944-1947
Succeeded by
John L. Sullivan
Preceded by
New office
United States Secretary of Defense
1947-1949
Succeeded by
Louis A. Johnson
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