Andrew L Foreman (DE 633) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 2005

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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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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 ship. 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 fonfvard. 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 East China Sea Expedition The 29th of June saw the Foreman assigned new duty. No more ping line - once more she was to travel with the "heavies," this time on forays into the East China Sea, for air strikes against the China Coast, and to provide air cover for minesweeping operations in China Sea waters. Now She was in Task Force 32, still under the over-all command of Admiral Halsey's mighty Third Fleet. Reporting to her new duty on 3 July, the plucky little DE was diverted temporarily on an escort mission, accompanying a heavy cruiser to Leyte Gulf, and returning six days later with another heavy cruiser, which was joining the Naval force. On the 9t"' she rejoined her unit, and cruised with it in the East China Sea until the 11th, when she returned to Buckner Bay QNakagusuku VVanj, for replenishment and for mail for the fighting force. On the 13th she again rejoined her Task Group. On the 14th of July, the Foreman went to Battle Stations when an unidentified aircraft approached the formation at 5 miles distance. Aircraft Chased the "bogey" away. On the 15th, in heavy seas, she refueled once more from an escorted battleship, while 150 miles off Shanghai on the China Coast. The Task Group returned to Buckner Bay on the 17th to receive word of an approaching typhoon. It got underway immediately to ride out the storm, and to spend three rough, rolling days at sea. Re-entering Buckner Bay on the 21st, the Task Group was soon ordered out once again on China Sea operations, and when on the 23'd of July, enemy aircraft dared approach this strong supplementary unit of the Third Fleet, it was shot down at a distance of 13 miles by fighter planes from the group's carriers. For its entire operations, this group swept from one end of the China Sea to another, at time approaching close to Shanghai, and after an air raid alert on the 25th, during which enemy aircraft approached to 19 miles, was unmolested by the already demoralized and defeated Japanese air corps. Operations in the East China Sea continued from the 25th to the 31st of July, when the entire Task Group entered Buckner Bay for replenishment. The 1st, 2nd, 3'd of August found the Foreman once again underway with the big ships, in the East China Sea. On 4 August, combat air patrol planes from the carriers shot down another Jap aircraft, this time a Tabby, cargo and passenger plane. Again on the 5th, the carrier planes shot down a Frances, medium bomber, which had ventured to a distance of 14 miles from the formation.

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