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On the 20th of February she returned to Menus
for replenlshsnent, golned again wlth her slster
shlp, the USS England , and together they salled
to Ullthl, saylng goodbye to Manus Island fgr
Thelr new base was Just then assumrng a tre
mendous lrole ln the last step of the war the
strikes agalnst the Jap homeland , md all about
her, the Foreman saw bustlzmg activlty, and
felt the Lhrlll of knowlng that she, too, was
to play ner part :Ln the crushlng of the Nip
emplre On all sldes, she saw the mlght of the
U.S, Navy drawn together , and knew that big
thlngs were afoot. Here, at last, was the 'fflght
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From now on, the destlnles of the Foreman were
to be closely allled wlth those of the Flfth
Fleet, the strlklng fleet of one of the leaders
of the Naval ver, Admiral Raymond A Spruance.
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knew. she was 'through with merchant escorting ,
and other 'Wrear areaf' tasks. Now she was with j
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betweenH01landia and Menus for the first wegkg9,
However, the crew need have had no'worrieQf
about inaction Qnd boredom, as later events we?
to prove. or od k V ig!
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f A slight diversion'was offered when on 3 fr
Jdnuery322nd, she was ordered on escort to 1 T, ff
.uetbk in the Marshall flslands, and enroute .ff
picked up another.sound.oontact,owhich, after? G'
several hours, proved not to bera submarine. j of
This was new'duby,Aand the crew's interest Wai ai
renewed. The Foreman returned to Menus, and 'r '
mediately was returned to Majuro, also in the f
Mershelfe5 on another escort missionf which T
almost resulted in ner return to the United'
eStatesa EvenbSdhegating this happy juncture, , d,
,she returned to Mgnuson February 6th, d nm
I .Afier a few days at anchor, the Forenanjfind
WHS dgain,pnderway4 Her ordere read Ulithi q
Atolldin the Caroline Is1e.nas', and me crew
read between the lines and realized that thi' igf
owes the end to rear area duty for her. This'Qi:Q'
time theywwere beck o roow in the fight. r r 1 ,j
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ePe1au, and e one-dayetrip to Pelelieu, the'
Ferefnan ordered to rush beck to ,U1ithi,
there was ordered to join Task Force
54, eceinposed qf,pettleships ,A QJPu.isers,, de-
stroyers, and bhe or two other destroyer
es2or-ts. The OI4ClSI' S left no doubt. This was
BIG! e ' e
W ' The Ukinawe CemQ-eign f " e ,
DefJe.rting'Ue1ithi Ate-il' on the 21st of f
Merch, and sox-tie?-ing with fthe other ships
of 'I'gZ sk T Force? 5Lp,ethe 1?'ofrgei13en was ei last
one her'l mettle g FOIf.h'SI" COfQff13.I1diflgV Officer 3'
told the ecrew that her' giiel was -e
fine in theR,yukyu Ielqnde., e. mere 325
miles Vsouth of iiihee Japanese eislarids.
"This willeeither be ee kpush-over, or
the 'worst thing wefveben et.hY'eugh," Comdr.
carey toldkehles ee ., W
e Howeprophebice hi S+WOI'C14S were to 'be, ,
not OHS member of his crew fully epprecia-f e
UH 'Che 23rd ofe-Magch, the Foreman e
fueled forthe first time at see from ee.
bettleshipg :nope were The men! e
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