Andrew L Foreman (DE 633) - Naval Cruise Book

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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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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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The Philippine Campaign Arriving at Leyte Gulf on the morning of October 30th, the Foreman was immediately to learn the rugged character of the campaign upon which she had embarked. For that very morning she went to General Quarters twice because of air alerts, and battle stations were manned three times in the afternoon. The Foreman's crew witnessed their first "Kamikaze" attack, then the newest weapon the Japanese enemy was employing its desperate struggle to retain its hold in the former American territory. Many if these suicide attempts were observed and AA fire was a common sight in Leyte Gulf. On the morning of October 31st, the ship again went to General Quarters, and her crew was at their Battle Stations at various times of the day and night, remaining from 3 minutes to 3 hours at each. The ship was ordered on escort duty to Hollandia on November 1, and proceeded with her convoy, but enroute was recalled to Kossol Passage, Palau Islands for replenishment and another escort mission for return to Leyte Gulf. Enroute Palau, a definite undenrvater contact was made, and an 8-hour tracking ensued in company with another escort. Several patterns of anti-submarine charges were loosed with no observed results. From Palau, the Foreman retuned to Leyte Gulf on November 7. On the morning of arrival, she sighted an enemy plan, but the friendly combat air patrol "tally-hoed," chased, and shot it down before it approached her group. Cn the afternoon of 12 November, the crew of the small destroyer observed suicide air attacks on one LST and a merchant vessel in the San Pedro harbor. The Foreman opened fire on an enemy plane, but a friendly P-38 shot the attacker down. On 14th of November, she observed 3 enemy planes shot down during an air raid. Early on the day of her departure from the Leyte Gulf Area fNovember 16015, she observed enemy strafing and bombingattacks on shore installations near-by. The Foreman has survived still another invasion, and proudly she points to her participation in the Philippine Liberation. During the period of 7 November to 16 November alone, she manned her battle stations for air raid alerts and for actual combat some 32 times. Her men were awakened at all hours, some slept with their clothes on, and the resounding "Clang, clang" of her general alarm could have been heard in her passage-ways many times during that second most strenuous period in her career. Her roughest campaign was yet before her.

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