ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE USS FOREMAN
From other sources
bFrom the 'Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships,H
C1969I Vol. 2, pp.428-429.
Andrew Lee Foreman, born 25 September 1920 at Berkeley,
Calif., was commissioned ensign in the Naval Reserve 13 May
1942. Serving as assistant to the Damage Control Officer in
heavy cruiser NEW ORLEANS ICA-325 when his ship was
torpedoed during the Battle of Tassafaronga 30 November
1942, Ensign Foreman remained at his station to help in
saving his ship until asphyxiated by gas generated by the
explosion. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for
his heroic self-sacrifice.
Displacement: 1,400 t.
Speed: 24 k.
Armaments 3 3Np 3 21N torpedo tubes:
8 depth charge projectors,
2 depth charge tracks,
1 hedge hog
FOREMAN IDE-6335 was launched 1 August 1943 by
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off Okinawa 25 March. The next 5 days she spent with a fire
support unit bombarding the island in anticipation of the
landings on l April. On 27 March, when her task force first
came under air attack, she fired on a Japanese plane which
crashed close aboard on her bow, inflicting no casualties.
After the landings, FOREMAN was assigned to antisubmarine
patrol off the entrance to the transport anchorage at Kerama
Retto. Here, on 3 April, she suffered a direct hit when a
lone enemy bomber attacked her. The bomb passed through her
bottom to explode about 30 feet below. All power and light
were lost, and one of her firerooms flooded to the
waterline, but no men were killed. Within 30 minutes,
damage was under control, and repairs had been made to allow
her to make her way under her own power into Kerama Retto
for emergency repairs.
Fully repaired at Ulithi between l7 April l945 and 29
May, FOREMAN returned to patrol off Okinawa 3 June, 8 days
later shooting down a kamikaze with the aid of a sister
destroyer before it could crash her. On 29 June, she was
assigned to escort duty with a force covering minesweeping
operations in the East China Sea and flying air strikes on
Chinese targets, serving with this task force until
returning to Okinawa l6 August for brief overhaul. Escort
duty from Buckner Bay followed until 26 September, when she
sailed from Wakayama, Japan, with homeward bound servicemen.
Arriving at San Diego l7 October, she disembarked her
passengers and sailed on to the east coast. FOREMAN was
decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla., 28 June l946.
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