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the gi i , A i
iithi gtnrilled at the gigantic war machine r whihh me
'ce 'grate guarding against underwater attack, and
eknew that with the many other similar battle-
Qshipsfand cruisers in the group, that the Nary
Qthis time meant businessg 4
i At dawnon the Zgth ef Merch, Task Force
25A arrived at Okinawa Uima and was sarprised
gto encounter no enemy opposition. This was to
ieome later. A H i
, ' i
i Q, The entire dey ofthe 251-,ni passed unevent-
iif Tfully, and the Taak Force retired from the imr
3 Qmediate are of 'Okinawa at night, Still no
-enemy oppositiion aQpeared, and nothing of sig-
nificance occurred. The crew was sure that this
is' gooald not last, They were rightl e
Og On the 26:11 of Merch, while etteenea to e
Dm r' ifire support unit covering attacks on Tonachi
Shima, the Foreman witnessed.the first air raid
ishe was to see at Okinawaa AA fire was observed
fi? the immediate vicinity, but no enemy planes
tapproaehod her formation. W , r t A
, , 1
1 X n
Qfhe day did not pass quietly, however,
gfOr at 0746, after Search planes from.a1crui-e
joer near-by had sighted underwater targteta,
Ythe DE was ordered to make attack. It loosed
QW , i
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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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1, V V
depth charge patterns, and circled tor
ramming attacL on the contact. As the
tance closed letween the target and the
manfs.bow, ner crew braced themselves f
jarring shock of the collission. Tension 5
ihigh+as the P1 system sounded,,N200 feet I
N100 feet,W'U5Osfeet,U U20 feetQU'The sh
trembledas she approached her flank speee
WAny second ncwynjmen were saying in low
hushed, worried tones.
Mlngled regret and nappy relief rar
thru the crew when it was discovered tha
the 3targetH was notningjmore than a hug
tStill mere action was observed in
aftennoon of that second day at Okinawag
when a sudden1raid warning was received .
anti-aircraft fire was observed from.oth2Q
fOTmabiODS ClOSeebyQ 'Still no enemy airiw,
craft approached the Foreman!s group. The f '
Bight paSSSd-without significant events.,
The Morning of' March 27 A i ff
on the morn ing of March 27, the FQ
-man went to General Quarters at dawn, at
to airraids. She was not disappointed f
?t 0620? enemy bombers were sighted reia
me their deadly missiles .in the vici
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