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To the story
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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
ABOUT THE FOREIVIAN
The keel of the Foreman was laid down at the San Francisco yard of Bethlehem Steel
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
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