Andrew L Foreman (DE 633) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 2005

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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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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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During the Gm of August, two air raids were picker-up, and then at 1125 in midmorning, a high-flying Jap bomber, later identified as a Dinah, flew directly over the Task Force at an altitude of 34,000 feet, but soon opened away from the formation without attacking. Ordered back to Buckner Bay, the group entered the harbor on the 7th, where it lay until the mf". On August 10th at 1207, the Foreman received a radio communication that the Japanese government had requested the neutral nation of Switzerland to relay the word that Japan was ready to accept the terms of the Potsdam Ultimatum, as laid down by the governments ofthe United States, China, and Great Britain. On the 12th of August, a sharp underwater explosion was felt aboard the Foreman, and it was learned later that a low flying plane had dropped a torpedo which had struck a battleship about 1500 yards on the Foreman's beam. Daily sorties thereafter were ordered-to avoid night attacks. 1 On the night of August 14, still another "Flash Red" alert was received and the Foreman went in to General Quarters, the last she was to assume under war conditions, for on the' 15th of August, she received a "cease offensive operations" order from the Commander-in- Chief, Pacific Ocean Area, and for all hands, it meant the war was over and a war was won. The war was over and the little ship was still afloat: she had suffered much, but the Destroyer Escort 633 had done herjobl

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