Andrew L Foreman (DE 633) - Naval Cruise Book

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USS Dixie. The men went ashore for the first time in the South Seas at the 'Fleet Recreation Center on Aore Island, and made their acquaintance with the "Beer Chit", an item peculiar to the United States Navy in Pacific waters. They were to see these many times again. 22 February marked the opening of the Foreman's real mission in the Pacific war. On that day, she undertook her first solo escort task, a short trip to Guadalcanal. This convoy, as all other she escorted, was without loss of or damage to her escorted ship. The month of March for the most part was spent by the escort on the now famous "milk- run", between the various Solomon's area and New Hebrides harbors. lt was while on these escort runs that the Foreman, on March 6, received her first "Flash Red" alert, the real meaning of which she was to learn later. On the 25th of March, she was placed in her first invasion convoy, and proceeded to Emirau Island, in the St. Mathis group, where American forces occupied the tiny coral atoll. Departing Emirau, the Foreman completed minor tasks, and arrived at a new harbor, Purvis Bay in the Florida Islands. Crew members still talk of the night they watched motion pictures on the fantail, while at a distance of thee miles, gun duels raged between Japanese in the hills, and American forces on the beachheads of Bougainville. Already the crew of DE633 were used to action without yet firing a shot at the enemy. Still more harbors knew the cut of the Foreman's bow as she next visited the inlet island of Tulagi, and ended her April travels in what her crew describes as the "most beautiful South Seas island of them all," the green and verdant Russells. In lVlay 1944, the traversing little DE visited Nlanus Island in the Admiralties, Green Island in the Bismark Archipelago, the Treasury Islands in the north Solomon's group, and began a new phase of her operations with her arrival at Sudest, Buna Point, in rough New Guinea. General lVlacarthur's New Guinea campaign was just at its height, and, as a part of Admiral Kincaid's Seventh Fleet, the DE 633 was to emerge from the campaign a much more seasoned vessel. She made many escort trips along the northern New Guinea coast from Buna to Hollandia and anchored many times at Cape Cretin, in Humboldt Bay, and at Buna itself.

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After a brief two-week post-shakedown availability, and final fitting-out, DE633, the Foreman, on 2 January 1944, was away to the wars, bound for Pearl Harbor and the then embroiled South Pacific war fronts. The Foreman's first realization of perils of the war came when on January 7, while enroute to the Hawaiian Islands, she made sight contact on a surfaced submarine. All hands manned their battle stations for the first time, and prepared to repel the suspected craft. The undenlvater craft proved to be of American identity. Already the ship's crew had discovered the lurking dangers, which could lie beneath apparently calm Pacific waters. At first sight of Diamond Head and Waikiki beach, all the dreams of South Pacific islands were renewed in the minds of the crew and, as the "youngsters" lined the rails, the veterans smiled indulgently, remembering their first sight of Hawaiian beaches. The Foreman moored to the DE dock at the great Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, and, if acute, many of its crew saw reminders of a certain bleak December 7th, For many days, the Foreman undenivent still more training and shakedown under the guidance of the Commander, Destroyers, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Operating with submarines, with heavy surface craft, and with ships her own size, the Foreman was becoming increasingly adept at her war tasks. On the lighter side, the crew enjoyed liberties in the city of Honolulu, swam at the beach of Waikiki, toured the world-famous Royal Hawaiian Hotel, now a submariners' rest and recreation center, and the equally-famous Aloha Tower. One or two even achieved a steak dinner at Pi Huy Chung's famous eating establishment in the islands. Their brief respite over, the ship and its crew were ordered on 20 January to make way for South Pacific waters and for Funa Futi, in the Ellice Islands. Enroute, she crossed the Equator, and all hands on 26 January 1944, were duly proclaimed "Shellbacks." On January 28, the Foreman anchored in her first South Pacific Harbor. Before she was to see American shores again, she was to anchor in many just like it. On February 3, the crew was given it first sight of the bloody shores of Guadalcanal. Here, the little ship was assigned its initial war task, and for dreary day upon day, it sailed back and forth before the bastions of the war-labored island, a barrier against enemy submarines. Shortly thereafter, the new arrival in the South Pacific was undenivay again, to the New Hebrides Islands, and at Espiritu Santo was assigned her first tender availability with the



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On lVlay 20 she got underway from Hollandia, a part of an invasion force headed due west in-to what was then strongly held Japanese territory. The invasion force struck at Toem, near VVakde Island on the next day. Wakde was also attacked. During this period, air raids occurred near-by, but did not directly involve the Foreman. On lVlay 26 she returned to Langemak, and there sighted the first hospital ship she had seen in South Pacific waters. During July, the Foreman operated once more in the Solomons area, escorting to the Treasury Islands, to Emirau, to Hanover, to New Britain and New Ireland, to IVlanus, to Green Island, and on the 1st of September, found herself once more in Blanche Harbor, in the Treasuries. Short, uneventful trips to Choiseul Island, to the southeastern capes of New Guinea, and back to the area of Mono Island comprised her early September forays. She sank her first mine on 15 September. At Treasury Island, on the 16th of September, the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Charles A. Manston, USNR, was relieved of command, and Lieutenant Commander William J. Carey, Jr. USN assumed the duties of Commanding Officer. As if in celebration of the new command, the Foreman departed Treasury Islands on 24 September enroute via the Coral Seas, with her sister ship, the USS England, to Sydney, Australia, to the jubilation of all hands. Rest, recreation, and the very lightest of duties filled the ten days at the "Paris of the Pacific," and all hands enjoyed their first visit to a "real liberty port" since leaving Pearl Harbor nine months before. The war-weary crew was warmly welcomed by the Australians, and "King's Cross" the Circular Quay," "Luna Park" and Manly Beach" became almost as familiar to the men as the intricacies of their own ship. The Foreman remained at Berth 2 in Port Jackson until 10 October, when she departed Sydney with a tired but happy complement. Returning to the Treasury Islands, the Foreman received orders to report to Humboldt Bay, Hollandia, where she departed on October 26, 1944, enroute to Leyte Gulf, to take part in her third invasion and inthe liberation of the Philippine Islands.

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