Colonel Bedford H. Forrest was killed in action in France November 26, according, to word received by his mother Mrs. Mattie S Forrest of Saluda.
Colonel Forrest, who was 34 years of age was serving with the Sixth Armored Division of General Patton's 3rd Army and had been in the army since 1941. He was graduated from Command and General Staff school at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in January of 1944 and left for overseas a month later.
He was a native of Saluda county and was graduated from Clemson college with the class of 1932 having the status of reserve officer.
Before entering the army, Colonel Forrest was connected with the Soil conservation service and was stationed in the High Point and Danbury, N.C. areas and held the rating of junior agronomist with the service.
Colonel Forrest was reported seriously wounded in action August 6, but returned to duty with his battalion soon after. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for meritious service in France.
He was a member of the Emory Methodist church and a a young man of strong character. He was a leader of men and an excellent officer, thoughtfull of hist men as he was of his civilian responsibilities, unswerving in his ideas of right and integrity with a high regard for duty.
The young officer was the son of Mrs. Mattie S. Forrest and the late James M. Forrest, who was a well known farmer, merchant and legislator from Saluda county. Besides his mother he is survived by one sister Miss Jimmie Margaret Forrest, two half-brothers. John W. and P.V. Forrest; and a half-sister, Mrs. Lucille Forrest Edwards, all of Saluda.