The Indianapolis News, 10 December 1943, report: “Brazil Airman – Missing After Action”

Staff Sergeant James W. Forrest, age 20, son of Mrs. Elizabeth P. Forrest and nephew of Dr. and Mrs. O.P. Robinson, who reared him, has been missing since December 1 in the Asiatic Area. An aerial gunner in India several months, he is believed to have been in an engagement in Burma. He received his wings at Harlingen Field, Texas.

The Terra Haute Tribune, 21 September 1949, reported “FUNERAL SERVICES FOR RETURNING WAR HERO,” The body of SSgt. James W. Forrest, who was reported missing in action over Burma on Dec. 1, 1943, has been recovered and is being returned to the United States. This was the word received here by his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth P. Forrest, from the War Department. According to dispatch, the body of SSgt. Forrest will be returned with ten others from the same command for burial in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri. Sergeant Forrest graduated from the Brazil High School with the class of 1941 and was trained at Harlingen Army Gunnery School in Texas a year before he was reported missing in action. He was an armorer and gunner on a B-24 Liberator bomber. On March 25, 1945, Mrs. Forrest received the Air Medal award presented posthumously to her son for meritorious achievement in the heavy bombardment missions in which he served more than 100 hours. Besides the mother, Sergeant Forrest is survived by a brother, John T. Forrest.

His father registered for the WW I draft on 5 June 1917 – residence: Brazil, Indiana, age 23, single, DOB: 11 May 1894, describing himself as medium height and build with brown hair and blue eyes. His father served in 34th Engineering Regiment, Company K, from 25 May 1918 to 28 July 1919. He is buried in the Cottage Hill Cemetery, Brazil, Indiana.