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|8k||Andrew Lee Foreman, born 25 September 1920 at Berkeley, Calif., was commissioned ensign in the Naval Reserve 13 May 1942 following his graduation from the University of California
at Berkeley. Serving as assistant to the Damage Control Officer in New Orleans (CA 32) 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.
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 from the University of California Berkeley "Blue and Gold Yearbook, Class of 1942".)
|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)
St. Paul, Minn.
|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)
|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.)
West Chester, Pa.
Rick E. Davis
|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)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|204k||13 November 1943: Taken during Foreman's shakedown cruise.
(U.S. Navy Photo #19-N-200662)
|361k||Another photo of Foreman taken during the same time period|
|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.
|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. 1944||Lcdr. Charles A. Manston, USNR (Comm. CO)|
|2.) 16 Sep. 1944 - 28 Jun. 1946||Lcdr. William J. Carey, Jr., USNR (Decomm. CO) (USNA '39) (St. Louis, Mo.)|
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