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Filling a hole in a bridge in Iraq 2004

LCT-988 makes beach landing LCT-988 made beach landing, overhead picture than as dozer pictured right debarked from Landing Craft. Pictured above is same dozer making beachhead path to Landing Craft. MCB-6 , Detachment Easy, 1954 were tasked with building the INTEGRATED UNDERSEA SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM (IUSS) up the Atlantic Coast.

 

Rebuilding Pago Pago 1962 Seabee officers rebuilding Pago Pago
July 1962

Photographer:  Carl Mydans - Life Magazine

Building Roads - American Samoa 1962 Bulldozers used for building road in American Samoa.
July 1962

Photographer:  Carl Mydans - Life Magazine

 

Guam, 1945 U.S. Navy Seabee operating heavy equipment.  Guam, June 1945

Photographer: J. R. Eyerman - Life Magazine

Guam, June 1945 Member of the U.S. Navy Seabees operating a bulldozer.  Guam, June 1945

Photographer: J. R. Eyerman - Life Magazine

Stringing Wire, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands March 1944 U.S. Navy Seabee stringing communication wire from coconut palm trees after American forces drove out occupying Japanese troops.

Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands
March 1944

Photographer: J. R. Eyerman - Life Magazine

Guam 1945 U.S. Navy Seabee Glenn Selby operating a Caterpillar.
Guam
June 1945

Photographer: J. R. Eyerman - Life Magazine

145th NCB constructs Bailey Bridge 145th NCB

One of the fastest but most important jobs by the 145th NCB was the construction of this 150 foot double-double

Bailey Bridge across the Bishi-Gawa River on Route 1at Hiza in April 1945. It carried heavy supply traffic south to the front lines during the Okinawa Campaign.

A crew of 80 Seabees completed the bridge in two (2) days while working under enemy air raid attacks.

Guam 1945 U.S. Navy Seabee Robert H. Sellers of Eugene, OR operating a Caterpillar.
Guam
June 1945

Photographer: J. R. Eyerman - Life Magazine

 

Trumpeter - Tarawa, Gilbert Islands 1944
Trumpet playing Nvay seabee taking part in an impromptu concert for the troops stationed on the island during WWII.
Location: Tarawa, Gilbert Islands
Date taken: 1944
Photographer: J. R. Eyerman

 

Seabee Poem

"CAN WE FORGET"
by
W. A. Mack S1c


Click here for photos taken by Hubert G. Reavis
on Guam in 1945

 

name: Fred Quarnstrom
email: quarn at uw.edu
location: Seattle WA
Date: March 15, 2010

comment:
I just uploaded video from Chu Lai Vietnam in 1965. I was stationed with MCB-10 and made the amphibious assault at Chu Lai. The Seabees had a functional airfield in 35 days. In addition to being a dentist I was also the photographic officer. I got a lot of video from choppers while with the photographers. There is also a bit of video of me removing abscessed teeth from our mascot BoBo the bear.

It dawned on me that these home movies are approaching history.

Go to http://vimeo.com/10196438
and enjoy.

Note from Sheldon: Absolutely AWESOME!!!  Do not miss this video!!!

 

Kubasaki National Forest Kubasaki National Forest

From Robert Cramer
robertcramer at comcast.net

Picture were taken by me when I was stationed with MCB3.  MCB3 built MCAF Futema.

Second Battle of Bougainville - Report of Combat Activities
Sixth Special U.S. Naval Construction Battalion
Report of Combat Activities:  March 8 - March 24

March 8, 1944 - Second Battle of Bougainville Begins.

The Japanese attack opened on March 8, just after dawn, when the Japanese opened up on all parts of the beachhead with artillery they had laboriously hauled up into the mountains outside the American perimeter. That night the Japanese broke through a part of the perimeter. The ground action was fierce, artillery shells were traded back and forth regularly. For ten days during the offensive, Japanese shells fell spasmodically all around the 6th's camp, blowing up an ammo dump on March 20. On the noisy nights of March 22, 23, and 24, the American gunners were trying to smother what would turn out to be the final serious attack of the Bougainville campaign. The last Japanese offensive cost the Americans 263 dead, and the Japanese more than 5,000 dead and more than 3,000 wounded. The Japanese ground forces were still an effective force, and there were a few more vigorous fights in store for the Americans in April, when they expanded the perimeter. In April the Japanese made their presence known to the 6th special with an artillery attack. The Japanese shelled the beachhead on April 10, 11, and 12, when they hit a fuel dump. After a final artillery attack on April 16, the 6th special was unmolested by the enemy.
 
Submitted by John Ratomski
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Many more photos from John:  http://tinyurl.com/yk3k6g9

Bill Gallo drawing of Joseph Garofalo

"Personal Experiences of WWII by Joe Garofalo" in MS Word format

"Personal Experiences of WWII by Joe Garofalo" in Adobe Acrobat format

Bill Gallo made it for 121st N.C.B. Veteran Joseph Garofalo. If you look closely you can see Garofalo's name on it. They were in the same 20th Marine regiment of the 4th Marine Division during the war. Both met in a cave on Saipan. They are still best buddies living around New York City. Joe Garofalo is a friend of mine. He gave me a copy. See attachment for Garofalo's memories.

Submitted by John Ratomski
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A tribute to Albert Roth
Submitted by John Ratomski
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SCB-6; Sloboda, Ratomski, Smith

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SCB-6 Birthday Cake

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SCB-6; Commendation

 

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SCB-6 group 1

 

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SCB-6 group 2

 

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SCB-6; Benedetto, Novotsky, Sloboda, Zmijewski

 

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SCB-6 Novotsky, Sloboda, Zmijewski, Wheeler, Benedetto

 

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Barney Small - Company D

 

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Barney Small - Seabrook Commando

 

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B Company members at Vella LaVella

 

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Chief Coyle at Vella LaVella

 

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SCB-6 CPO with Two Seamen

 

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"Famous Bridge" - Bill Slooda and Lou Benedetto

 

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Fighter Strip Built by SeaBees

 

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Many more photos from John:  http://tinyurl.com/yk3k6g9

 

Happy Faces at Theater

 

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Lyons Theatre Dedication

 

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Japanese Dugout

 

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Men of the 6 spec. NCB, South Pacific, WWII

 

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New Zealand Army 40mm AA Gund at Vella LaVella

 

Submitted by John Ratomski
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SeaBees building Airfield on Bougainville

 

Submitted by John Ratomski
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Many more photos from John:  http://tinyurl.com/yk3k6g9

 

Slobada and Smith with SeaBee Sign

 

Submitted by John Ratomski
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Walter Smith SCB-6, South Pacific, WWII

 

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Many more photos from John:  http://tinyurl.com/yk3k6g9

 


A new SeaBee song?

 

ARC Identifier 40139 / Local Identifier 226-C-6527. Film Report: Describes activities of the Seabees during World War II. Rear Adm. Ben Moreel gives a brief prologue and epilogue. Pacific operations include base construction at Dutch Harbor and Attu in the Aleutians, landing operations, base and airfield construction, ship salvage, and malaria control at Guadalcanal, Rendova, and Munda in the Solomon Islands. Also shows base and dock construction in Scotland and Oran, Algeria, and pre-invasion plans for Italy. Scenes of Sicily invasion and landing at Salerno. Includes many battle scenes. Joint Chiefs of Staff. Office of Strategic Services. Field Photographic Branch. (01/04/1943 - 10/01/1945)

 

U.S. NAVY WWII COLOR FILM ADVANCE BASE SEABEES Construction Batallions

  Narrated by Quentin Reynolds, Advance Base is an extremely graphic, unflinching portrait of the war, the film shows the seizure of a Japanese held island by the Marines, and then the activities of the Naval Construction Battalions, or CBs, constructing a massive supply depot and air strip in the South Pacific. The film also shows Japanese Kamikaze attacks on American ships starting about the 23 minute mark. Deemed too disturbing for general release, the film was hidden from view for decades. It remains one of the most powerful, and important documents of the Pacific War. A Seabee is a member of the United States Naval Construction Forces (NCF). The word "Seabee" comes from initials "CB", which in turn comes from the term "Construction Battalion". The Seabees have a history of building bases, bulldozing and paving thousands of miles of roadway and airstrips, and accomplishing myriad other construction projects in a wide variety of military theaters dating back to World War II. At 12:42, troops are shown using molotov cocktails, rifle fired grenades, and bazookas in combat, and napalm bombs are shown dropped by aircraft. At mark 15:30 the medical team sprays the insect killing (DDT) that prevents pest and the base should be secure free from disease. At mark 18:04 American naval aircraft, Dauntless dive bombers, take off from the new American base to strike the Japanese. At mark 20: 20 the First Tank Battalion is seen preparing for invasion. At mark 21:10, a memorial for soldiers who had died in battle, those who "gave up their lives for ours and also for their nation." At mark 21:48, the Marine Corps. departs, singing songs and marching on. At mark 23:30 kamikaze aircraft hit a U.S. supply ship, and an incredibly large explosion rocks the fleet; the ship is completely vaporized. At 24:00, U.S. strafing of Japanese positions and shipping is seen.

 

They Came to an Island Seabee operations during WWII

 

 

From 2007 - A ret Marine Lt Col gives credit to the Navy Seabee's, saying "send the seabee's into Iraq and they will get the job done on rebuilding."

 

SEABEES IN NORMANDY - CBs in Normandy on D-Day 8022

Originally classified restricted and bearing a title marked "Secret", this film was made in 1944 just after the D-Day Invasion. Presumably, it was made as an indoctrination film for those combat engineers who would be participating in any seaborne invasion of the Japanese Mainland. This film tells the story of how the approximately 10,000 Seabees of Naval Construction Regiment 25 installed an artificial harbor and pontoon causeways on the beaches of Normandy. One of the largest engineering feats of the European campaign, the artificial harbor allowed tons of equipment and supplies to be landed rapidly, and helped ensure that the Allied beachhead in Normandy would grow. The effort was not without its share of disaster, as the film shows a large storm in the English Channel nearly crippled the newly-installed harbor. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com

 
   

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