Andrew L Foreman (DE 633) - Naval Cruise Book

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AND NOVV... To the story Of Destroyer escort 633

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With deep appreciation of what it took to make his sacrifice, the editor of this volume feels it altogether fitting that it be dedicated to Ensign Andrew Lee Foreman Ensign Andrew Lee Foreman was born in Berkeley, California on September 25, 1920, and was killed in action on December 1, 1942, in the Battle ofthe Solomon lslands. Ensign Foreman was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously with the following citation: "For extraordinary heroism as assistant to the Damage Control Officer aboard an American warship during action against enemy Japanese forces off Savo lsland on the night of November 30, 1942. When his ship was struck by a torpedo forward, Ensign Foreman, with utter disregard for his own personal safety, remained at Control Station to assist in the control of the damage until he finally succumbed to an asphyxiating gas which had been generated by the explosion. His courageous spirit of self-sacrifice, maintained above and beyond the call of duty, was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave up his life in the defense of his country." ABOUT THE FOREIVIAN The keel of the Foreman was laid down at the San Francisco yard of Bethlehem Steel Corporation. She was constructed by the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, under the supervision of the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, USN, San Francisco, Captain C. O. Kell. He was assisted by Commander C. C. Carmine, USN, and Lieutenant H.H. Sanford, the Destroyer Escort Pre-commissioning Detail. During the construction, the Foreman was known to the building yard as Hull 5399. The ship was given under the command of Lieutenant Commander Charles A. Manston, USNR, and placed in commission at 1630 on the afternoon of 22 October 1943, by the order of the Secretary of Navy.



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For months, men were being gathered together from throughout the Naval establishment, from ships of the Fleets, from training centers, from shore stations, and some were fresh from civilian life, many wore hash marks and service ribbons, most were but recently graduated from "boot" camps, yet they were all forming what was soon to be the crew of the Destroyer Escort 633, and all were pointing to the day she was to be placed into commission. From widespread corners they were assembled at two places, Norfolk, Virginia, and Miami, Florida. A few veteran specialists formed a "nucleus" crew at the building yard at San Francisco. They were preparing, each and everyone, for their tasks aboard their new ship, when she would finally take her place in the already mighty and fast-growing Pacific Fleet of the United States Navy. As the days of October 1943 began, plans were quickened and the two bodies of men were moved to the great North barracks of the Mare Island Navy Yard in Vallejo, California, there to be hold in readiness togo aboard their fighting home. The morning of 22 October 1943 saw great activity on the dock where the sparkling new escort was smugly tied-up. Sea-bags came aboard. Stores and provisions, necessary to the operation of the ship in war waters, and to the health and comfort of her men, were hoisted to the decks by giant overhead cranks. The "black gang" was giving its machinery its last tune-up, the "radio gang" was breaking in it receivers and transmitters, the "deck gang" was swabbing, mopping, stowing, and "squaring-way" for sea. All hands were busy with many activities of commissioning day. And thru all the hustle and bustle, preparations were going fonivard for the commissioning ceremony, the proudest day in the life of any vessel. At last, on the afternoon of 22 October 1943, all hands were mustered on the fantail, and Hull 5399 became United States Ship Foreman, Destroyer Escort 633. At long last, all the months of construction, of planning, of manning came to their focus, and the warship Foreman was born to her task. After days of bay trials in the great San Francisco harbor, and loading of ammunition at the Mare Island yard, the Foreman made her first venture into the Pacific, and though the coastal waters of the western United States, plied her way to another great Navy anchorage, San Diego harbor. As had so many other proud navy ships, she rode her anchor and cut the waters of that harbor thru 5 weeks of shakedown and training. Following Admiral's inspection by the Commander, Operational Training Command, U.S. Pacific Fleet, she was declared ready for the duties of her class and type in the Naval battles of her Pacific waters, even then resounding to the glory of the U.S. Navy. Already the great battles of Coral Sea, Midway, Guadalcanal, and the Shangri-La carrier strike against Tokyo were history, and the move against the Jap enemy was increasing. It was the right time for the birth of still another fighting ship to add its strength to that fight.

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