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USS Foreman (DE 633)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - T - K - M
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 5 stars - WWII Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Ribbon

Class: Buckley
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 198
Foreman (DE 633) Building and Operational Data:
  • 09 March 1943: Keel laid at the Bethlehem Steel Shipyard Corp., San Francisco, Cal.
  • 01 August 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Miss Nadine Foreman, sister of Ensign Foreman
  • 22 October 1943: Commissioned by Captain William P. Gaddis, USN (ret.) representing Com12thND, Lcdr. C. A. Manston, USNR, in command
  • 28 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 8 months of service
  • 16 November 1945: Struck from the NVR
  • 1966: Sold, scrapped
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    56k Andrew Lee Foreman was born on 25 September 1920 at Berkeley, Calif., the son of Andrew M. and Annabel Foreman. He was commissioned ensign in the Naval Reserve on 13 May 1942 following his graduation from the University of California at Berkeley. He was serving as assistant to the Damage Control Officer in USS New Orleans (CA 32) when his ship was torpedoed during the Battle of Tassafaronga on 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.

    Citation: The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Andrew L. Foreman, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving on board the Heavy Cruiser USS New Orleans (CA 32), in action after the torpedoing of his ship in enemy-controlled waters during the Battle of Tassafaronga on the night of 30 November 1942. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.

    USS Foreman (DE 633) (1943-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Image submitted by Janet Scott, on 31 May 2016, to WikiTree, Where Genealogists Collaborate)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    Foreman 636k 12 July 1943: San Francisco, Cal. - The future USS Foreman on the building way at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s San Francisco shipyard. The ship to the immediate right of her is the future USS Whitehurst (DE 634).

    (Bethlehem Steel Photo #P82-125a.4397n from the Bethlehem Steel Collection in the J. Porter Shaw Library at the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park)
    Todd Willmarth
    St. Paul, Minn.
    Foreman 551k 01 August 1943: San Francisco, Cal. - The future USS Foreman dressed in flags and bunting on the day of her launch and christening.

    (Bethlehem Steel Photo #P82-125a.4398n from the Bethlehem Steel Collection in the J. Porter Shaw Library at the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park)
    Foreman 165k 11 August 1943: San Francisco, Cal. - The future USS Foreman under construction on a sunny Wednesday afternoon following her launch at Bethlehem Steel Corp.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NA 80G79876 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.)
    John Chiquoine
    West Chester, Pa.

    Rick E. Davis
    Springfield, Oh.
    Foreman 98k 13 November 1943: San Francisco, Cal. - Two views (port bow, port quarter) of USS Foreman taken off the San Francisco Navy Yard.

    (U.S. Navy Photos)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Foreman 85k
    Foreman 204k 13 November 1943: Taken during Foreman's shakedown cruise.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #19-N-200662)
    Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    Foreman 361k Another photo of Foreman taken during the same time period
    Hopping 44k August 1966: Port Everglades, Fla. - Ex-Hopping (APD 51) and ex-Foreman (DE 633) tied up in Port Everglades. They were enroute to the scrappers in Baltimore and had to put in to port due to Hurricane Faith approaching the area. James "Rick" Barton
    West Palm Beach, Fla.
    Hopping 41k

    Foreman History
    View the USS Foreman (DE 633) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Foreman as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Foreman's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 22 Oct. 1943 - 16 Sep. 1944Lcdr. Charles A. Manston, USNR (Comm. CO)
    2.) 16 Sep. 1944 - 28 Jun. 1946Lcdr. William J. Carey, Jr., USNR (Decomm. CO) (USNA '39) (St. Louis, Mo.)

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