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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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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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Now they were in another fleet, and under Admiral Halsey. The Third Fleet was now
the fighting fleet. And there the Foreman was ready again to do her part in the biggest
campaign of the war.
Arriving at Okinawa on the 3'd of June, the war-wise little vessel was immediately at
home when two air raid alerts were received that day.
A new kind of menace also appeared, when warning was received on the nest day of an
approaching typhoon. But it spent itself before approaching Okinawa.
On the 5th of June, the Rough Rider received her orders to take patrol station off
Okinawa. The Foreman on the "ping line" again. She remained on this duty until June
23'd, and during her assignment, received approximately 33 air raid warnings, each one
fraught with the dangers of Kamikaze attack.
On the 11th of June, a "bogey" was picked up at 10 miles, circling the Foreman's bow. lt
closed to 5 miles, crossing to the starboard, when it was visual-ly sighted and identified
as an enemy reconnaissance bomber "Sonia" It closed to 3 miles, passing down the
Foreman's starboard beam, and as the accompanying destroyer opened fire, the enemy
aircraft started a suicide dive on the Foreman. She opened fire, diverting the plane from
its attack, and it crashed close aboard the stern of the destroyer in the AA Formation,
the Foreman credited with an assist in its destruction.
Raids continued daily. Men were sometimes caught in the showers unclothed when an
alert sounded. Others were forced to leave food during meal hours to man their battle
stations. All hands survived on about an average of 3 to 4 hours sleep a day. Many
days were spent almost wholly at General Quarters. Rain and heavy seas further
complicated the task of detecting and combating Kamikaze attacks.
The Foreman's fifth action against direct enemy aircraft assaults occurred on the 22nd of
June. At 0923, shortly after an uneventful General Quarters call, an enemy aircraft was
picked up at a distance of 15 miles. The enemy was visually sighted as a new
Japanese fighter, Zeke. As it closed to 5 miles, an accompanying destroyer opened
fire. At 0931 the Foreman opened fire with full batteries, as the aircraft circled down the
port side and attempted a stern-on suicide dive. As the enemy came in on a low-glide
attack, Comdr. Carey maneuvered his ship to keep the plane on its beam, and both she
and the accompanying destroyer laid down a heavy sheet of anti-aircraft fire. The Zeke
was headed directly for the bridge superstructure and at a distance of about 100 yards,
when anti-aircraft fire from the Foreman set it afire and it swerved up from about 75 foot
altitude and crashed close ahead of the accompanying destroyer.
The much-embattled littleescort returned to Kerama Retto Harbor for her regular
maintenance overhaul shortly after. Raids as usual continued, but by now, routine
aboard the staunch little fighter was little disturbed by the "hecklers." The crew was
surprised when they did not come.
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