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James Vincent Forrestal
47th United States Secretary of the Navy
In office
May 19, 1944 – September 17, 1947
Preceded by Frank Knox
Succeeded by John L. Sullivan
1st United States Secretary of Defense
In office
September 17, 1947 – March 28, 1949
Preceded by (none)
Succeeded by Louis A. Johnson
Personal details
Born February 15, 1892(1892-02-15)
Matteawan, New York, U.S.
Died May 22, 1949(1949-05-22) (aged 57)
Montgomery County, Maryland, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Josephine Ogden Forrestal
Alma mater Dartmouth College
Princeton University
Profession Politician
Military service
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Lieutenant Junior Grade
Battles/wars World War I

James Vincent Forrestal (February 15, 1892May 22, 1949) was a United States Secretary of the Navy and the first United States Secretary of Defense.