Comments: It is with my deepest regret that I pass along the passing of my Father. SWCS William E. Palmer, RET. He passed on 21 Dec 09 at the age of 67. He fought a long hard courageous battle with cancer. He retired from the Navy in Oct-Nov 89. During his career he served with NMCB-74 (Vietnam), Operation Deep Freeze, NMCB-1, NMCB-133, as the COMCBLANT Safety Chief, a recruiter, and I believe NMCB-7. He will be interned at Arlington National Cemetary next month.
He liked the Navy but he LOVED the Seabees. His service brought him much joy and an enormous amount of pride. Take care and stay safe.
Comments: From the Rileys' to all of our military heros, past and present, and especially to our Seabees, may you all have a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of New years. May God bless our troops and keep you all safe in the palm of His hand. We are richly blessed to live in a free country. Love to all...Chuck, Karen and family.
Comments: My nephew Christopher is trying to enlist in the Seabees which makes me proud beyond words, having lived in Annapolis, MD for many years and having made many amazing friends at the United States Naval Academy. As a 4th generation builder, he displays all the finest qualities of a young man and those of my many amazing Navy friends. He was even featured in a recent news article, having received an award for a building project he did for his vo-tech school following high school graduation last year, so he is definitely following a long family tradition of building excellence and has had a longstanding interest in construction and construction equipment.
Due to childhood allergies which have long since subsided, his recruiter informed him that he needed medical documentation from his doctor that the allergies are no longer an issue, but his acceptance seems to have been unduly delayed in spite of his being in excellent physical shape and always having had high marks in school.
If any former or present Seabees in the New Jersey shore area (Ocean & Monmouth Counties) or anywhere can make any suggestions as to what steps might be taken to encourage his acceptance, they would be greatly appreciated. I wouldn't want the Seabees to miss out on this outstanding young man who wants more than anything to join your ranks.
A blessed holiday season and New Year to Seabees and their families everywhere, past, present and future, thanks for your help and above all else, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!