Forrest L Guth
Born: 06 February 1921
Enlistment date: 08 August 1942 Philadelphia, Pennylvania
Units: E Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.
Rank: Corporal T-5
Qualifications: Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Wings
Decorations: Presidential Unit Citation, EAME Campaign Medal, Bronze Star with 2 bronze Arrowheads, WWII Victory Medal, French Croix de Guerre, Belgian Croix de Guerre, Netherlands Orange Lanyard, Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart.
Discharge Date: 15 October 1945
Deceased: 09 August 2009 Arlington Cemetery, Virginia
Other Information: He was born in 1921 in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania to the late John H. R. and Mayme L. Guth. Upon graduation from high school, Forrest went to work at Bethlehem Steel making armor plate for the Navy. In July 1942, he and two of his buddies decided to enlist in the U.S. Army and volunteer for the paratroops. In doing so, Forrest became one of 140 men who formed the original 'Easy Company' of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne. He served his country as part of the renowned "Band of Brothers" throughout World War II. Upon his return from the War, Forrest received a college education at Millersville State Teachers College; then began his teaching career in Norfolk, VA, teaching industrial arts at Granby High School. It was then that he met and married the love of his life, Harriet Ann Amis. The two spent a year in New York City, where Forrest received a Masters Degree in Education. The couple then moved to Wilmington, Delaware, where Forrest taught high school for more than thirty years, including the last 20 years at Brandywine High School. Forrest was a master cabinet maker; he continued his specialty woodworking business throughout his life. Forrest was an active Westminster Presbyterian Church member for 58 years. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees, led numerous work groups to the Appalachia area of Tennessee, was responsible for the church's audio equipment and volunteered to take care of all miscellaneous repairs and custom woodwork. After moving with his wife from Wilmington to Hockessin in 1997, Forrest continued to volunteer his time and energy serving on numerous committees at Cokesbury Village in addition to his church responsibilities. He also continued and expanded his hobbies, including woodworking, bird carving and automotive restoration. Forrest enjoyed summers in the Poconos with his family and friends, as well as boating, traveling and sharing with people of all ages his experiences and memories of the war. He regularly volunteered by visiting hospitals, schools and military bases in the United States, Europe and the Middle East.
Sadly Forrest passed away on August 9th 2009 and is buried at Arlington Cemetery, Virginia in Section 60, Site 206.