3 3”; 3 21” torpedo tubes;8 depth charge projectors;
2 depth charge tracks;1 hedge hog
(DE-633) was launched 1 August 1943 by Bethlehem Steel Co.; San
Francisco, Calif.; sponsored by Miss Nadine Foreman, sister of
Ensign Foreman; and commissioned 22 October 1943, Lieutenant
Commander C. A.
Manston, USNR, in command.
FOREMAN arrived at Funafuti, Ellice Islands, 28 January 1944 to
begin 9 months of convoy escort duty in the southwest Pacific. She
guarded the movement of men and supplies as well as of larger
combatant ships in the lengthy series of operations necessary to
consolidate Allied control of the northern Solomon Islands and
western New Guinea. Several times she also served on antisubmarine
patrol. Sailing for Sydney, Australia, for upkeep 29
September, FOREMAN returned to Hollandia 18 October, and put to sea
October to escort two hospital transports to newly assaulted Leyte,
arriving 30 October. One of the transports was completely loaded
that day, and before midnight, FOREMAN and she sailed for Kossol
After escorting a resupply convoy to San Pedro Bay in the first week
of November 1944, FOREMAN began duty escorting combatant ships,
auxiliaries, and merchantmen between the Manus base and Hollandia,
Eniwetok, Majuro, and Ulithi. From 9 to 19 March 1945, the escort
served as station ship at Kossol Roads, then sailed to Ulithi to stage for
the attack on Okinawa.
sortied from Ulithi 21 March 1945, and arrived off Okinawa 25 March.
The next 5 days she spent with a fire support unit bombarding the island
in anticipation of the landings on 1 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
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 17 April 1945 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 16 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 17 October, she disembarked her passengers and sailed on
to the east coast. FOREMAN was decommissioned at Green Cove Springs,
Fla., 28 June 1946.
received five battle stars for World War II service.
Stricken from the Navy Register on 1 April 1965, FOREMAN was later sold.