Andrew L Foreman (DE 633) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 2005

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The Morning of March 27 On the morning of March 275 the Foreman went to General Quarters at dawn, alert to air raids. She was not disappointed, for at 0620, enemy bombers were sighted releasing their deadly missiles in the vicinity. At 0623, three enemy aircraft attacked the formation, and two directly attacked the Foreman, an identified Val tJap dive bomberl approached dead astern, and closed steadily, passing over the stern amid a thick wall of anti-aircraft fire from the Foreman's automatic guns, and 3" cannon. Accompanying vessels also were firing on this attacker, which passed within 15 feet of many of the Foreman's crew at their battle stations. The Val crashed close-aboard the starboard bow of the Foreman, carrying the forward life-line, and leaving heavy scratches on the hull. Meanwhile, an identified Tony tJap fighterl attacked an escorted cruiser, was shot down by anti-aircraft fire from the Foreman and the cruiser, and crashed 500 feet on the Foreman's beam. One casualty, a member of the ship's No. 1 repair party, and ammunition party was injured seriously as a result of the debris and shrapnel being thrown from the crashing Val. No more attacks occurred during the remainder of the 27th of March. On the 28th, at 1425, the Foreman rescued an American pilot from the sea, who had survived a plane crash close-by an escort cruiser. ln accordance with the custom in vogue among Navy ships, the Foreman received icecream for her crew from the cruiser. The 29th saw four enemy aircraft being brought down with the Foreman's formation, though none directly attacked her. The 30th was comparatively peaceful, with only one air raid alert being sounded. The 31st of March was marked by the approach into the formation of one enemy aircraft. Other ships opened fire, but the plane was outside the range of the Foreman's batteries. The remainder of the day passed uneventfully. By now, the foreman had come to know the real meaning of "Flash Red," the first of which she had experienced back in 1944. As she steamed back and forth those last five days of March, screening against enemy submarines, she knew she was doing her part in this campaign, for the heavy ships she was protecting were even then bombarding the Hagushi beaches in preparation for the landing on Love Day.

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The Okinawa Campaign Departing Ulithi Atoll on the 21st of Nlarch, and sortie-ing with the other ships of Task Force 54, the Foreman was at last on her mettle. For her Commanding Officer told the crew that her goal was Okinawa Jima in the Ryukyu Islands, a mere 325 miles south of the main Japanese islands. "This will either be a push-over, or the worst thing we've been through," Comdr Carey told his men. How prophetic his words were to be, not one member of his crew fully appreciated. On the 23'd of March, the Foreman fueled for the first time at sea from a battleship, more were to follow. The men thrilled at the gigantic war machine which they were guarding against underwater attack, and knew that with the many other similar battleships and cruisers in the group, that the Navy this time meant business. At dawn on the 25th of March, Task Force 54 arrived at Okinawa Jima and was surprised to encounter no enemy opposition. This was to come later. The entire day of the 25th passed uneventfully, and the Task Force retired from the immediate area of Okinawa at night. Still no enemy opposition appeared, and nothing of significance occurred. The crew was sure that this could not last. They were right. On the 26th of March, while attached to a fire support unit covering attacks on Tonachi Shima, the Foreman witnessed the first air raid she was to see at Okinawa. A fire was observed in the immediate vicinity, but no enemy planes approached her formation. The day did not pass quietly, however, for at 0746, after search planes from a cruiser near-by had sighted underwater targets, the DE was ordered to make attack. lt loosed depth charge patterns, and circled to make ramming attack on contact. As the distance closed between the target and the Foreman's bow, her crew braced themselves for the jarring shock of the collision. Tension ran high as the PA system sounded, "ZOO feet," "1OO feet," "50 feet," "2O feet." The ship trembled as she approached her flank speed. "Any second now," men were saying in low, hushed, worried tones. lvlingled regret and happy relief ran thru the crew when it was discovered that the "target" was nothing more than a huge Japanese blackfish. Still more action was observed in the afternoon of that second day at Okinawa when a sudden raid warning was received and anti-aircraft fire was observed from other formations close-by. But still no enemy aircraft approached the Foreman's group. The night passed without significant events.



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The lnvasion of Ckinawa Easter Day- 1 April 1945- was marked as Love or Landing Day by American forces. At 0200 that morning the Foreman went to General Quarters and remained at Battle Stations until dawn. During this period, one unidentified plan crossed her bow, and at 0424 she opened fire at an unidentified plane close-by with no observed result. Enemy air raids increase and as the dawn twilight lighted up her surrounding sector, hundreds of assault craft could be seen preparing to make their landings on the Hagushi beachheads. At 0613, an enemy plane was splashed near-by. At 0615, the Foreman began patrolling5 to 7 thousand yards northeast of Keise Shima. At 0830, landing operations began, and hundreds of small boats streamed past the Foreman on their way into the beaches. Men waved as they went by, and the crew of the Foreman answered with well-wishing salutes, almost as if in tribute to these brave fighters, some ofwhom were about to go ashore in the first assault on the Jap homeland, and to give their lives in the battle. Amphibious rocket ships ran close-in shelling as they went, and aircraft strafed enemy resistance points on shore. All this could be seen from the decks of the DE, as she patrolled her sector in search of lurking Japanese submarines. Later that morning, reports were received that the landings had been successful, to stand-by now for heavy enemy air raids. The raids never materialized. At least not that day. The enemy was apparently momentarily stunned by the attack. They were to resume their vigorous attacks shortly. The Foreman retired again on the night of April 1, and remained off Kerma Retto, on alert for air raids. None occurred. Enemy aircraft frequented the area throughout April 2, and the Foreman went to General Quarters many times. The Events of April 3 Having been assigned an anti-submarine patrolling station around the entrances to the Transport Anchorage of Kerama Retto, on the "ping line," now known among Navy men as Bogey Highway." The Foreman took station and was proceeding on duty, when at 0100 on the morning of April 3'd, she received word of enemy air raids in the vicinity. At 0115, anti-aircraft fire was observed over the Kerama Retto area. At 0119, a single-

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