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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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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
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
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
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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engine aircraft was observed passing north 1 mile distant from the Foreman. As it
passed to the starboard, it suddenly swerved and attacked the Foreman on her bow.
She opened fire, and the aircraft passed over her, dropping a 500-pound bomb, and
disappeared into the night. The bomb penetrated her mid-ships area, went through the
No. 1 fire room, through No. 1 boiler, through her hull, and exploded 30 feet beneath the
The ship was violently jarred, men were thrown to the deck, compartments were filled
with gear in scattered chaos. The No. 1 fire room flooded to the waterline, and the
Foreman's engines were put out of commission causing total loss of light and power
Repair parties immediately began to pump the fire rooms, and to rig emergency power,
at 0134, light and power were restored, and the ship was able to proceed at 10 knots.
At 0217, the ship was ordered to enter Kerama Retto Harbor, and finally arrived at
0415. The remainder of the day was spent undergoing emergency repairs. Two
serious casualties and three minor ones were transferred for treatment.
Desenling of praise for their conduct during the emergency were Raymond Anliker,
water-tender on watch in No. 1 fire room, and Richard L. Jacobsen, in-charge Repair
Party No. 3, both of whom displayed unusual calmness and who aided materially in the
ship's early recovery from her chaos.
Throughout the 3'd, 4th, 5th, and the GU' of April, air raids were more frequent, and battle
stations became more familiar to the crew of "The Fighting Foreman" than their bunks.
Emergency repairs were completed on the 6th of April, and as the little ship awaited her
orders to return to the rear area for permanent repairs, air raids became "old stuff" to
her crew. On the 7th, also, she fired on an enemy plane with no observed results. On
the 8th, fighter planes of the enemy increased their raid intensity and word of suicide
attempts were received with regularity.
On the 9th of April, the dauntless DE received orders to return to Guam for assessment
of damage, but while enroute was ordered on to Ulithi. She arrived at Ulithi on April
17th, and permanent repairs were begun. The remainder of the month of April was thus
occupied, while the crew recuperated and caught up with its many hours of lost sleep.
Permanent repairs were completed on the 14m of May and the Foreman remained for
rest and recreation of her crew at Ulithi, awaiting orders.
On the 29th of lVlay, the Foreman received her new orders. "Return to Okinawa" passed
through the crew's grapevine. The Foreman was going back...back into the thick of it.
All hands were alert, for this time they knew what they were facing.
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