Comments: November 20-23, 1943. In one of the most savage battles in the Pacific. The 2nd Marine Division invades Bloody Tarawa. As part of the Division's Engineers, 290 men from the 18th Seabee battalion land at Tarawa. The landing assignments for the 18th were diversified and required different disembarking times. For example, first priority was to get the runway repaired. On Day 1, waves of Marine assault troops went ashore. They were pinned on the beach throughout some of the next day. The official 2nd Marine Division memoirs of WWII named "Follow Me" wrote, The Seabees had begun streaming ashore during the morning of D-Plus-2, bringing their heavy equipment in and tracking it over the reef. Marines who had fought for hours with exemplary courage stood in opened mouth admiration as the Seabees drove their bulldozers out onto the strip, still swept by rifle fire, and began smoothing out the shell holes. Photographs of this are in the Marine Corps book. The most prized weapon system at Tarawa, on the 2nd and 3rd days was often a Seabee bulldozer. Some Seabees who had other assignments disembarked shortly after, the second and third days. It was only after the third day that the landing area could be cleared for support supplies to get in. Keep in mind the Tarawa battle lasted only 76 hours. Supplies and ammunition did not get on shore until there was room behind the sea wall to land and the direct heavy enemy fire could be contained. For some units in the 18th, it was staying until they could get on the beach after the third day with equipment to build roads, erect piers, observation towers, pipelines and electrical facilities. Before leaving Betio, Admiral Nimitz odered the preparation of engineering drawings of the Japanese defensive fortifications on a priority basis. The most useful drawings came from an 18th Seabee team centered on the former architect student, Larry Klatt, and two others with drafting board experience, Benson Moore and Henry Dumont. These Seabee drawings were used by the CinCPac staff to construct exact replicas of many Betio emplacements to test improved fuses, warheads, and trajectories to benifit future assaults in the Pacific. These drawings now reside in the Marine Corps archives in Quantico Va.
Comments: NSVA Life Member # 4370, Harold Beal, UTCM, USN (Ret) passed away on 11-12-2009. Harold was the NSVA Florida Department Executive Committeeman and Past Commander of the NSVA, Department of Florida and Past Commander of Island X-4 in Orlando, FL. Harold's family wishes that all donations made in his name in lieu of flowers be sent to the SMSA (Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association) via the NSVA, National Secretary. Thank you!
Comments: I am thrilled with this site. I was in MCB3 from 73 to 75 and finished out my hitch at Point Mugu as a range coach in 76. I was in Alpha company as a CM3 going to Okinawa.Puerto Rico, And Diego Garcia. Best years of my life and I regret getting out.
Comments: I served in Vietnam 1966-1967 & 1967-1968. C Co. I was the Angel of C CO. I'd like to hear from Fellow Seabees. Franklin, Duce, Drup,Lockler,Wart Hog, ( we drank & song ), Casey, Pelatear, ( money shark ). Tanner, Bowman, All from C Co. and Harman from A Co, took Silk pants, we WrecKed a Duce-n -1/2, and liked to died Laughing. I ended up in a Wheelchair with the very Raest type of ALS called, Primary Lateral Sclerosis. It is caused by Chemicals such as in Agent Orange. Would love to hear from you.
Comments: I was in MCB5 from 1963 to 1965. I was a ship fitter assigned to the battalion and sent to Guam. It was right after hurricane Karin hit. I was pretty rebellious because I wanted to be aboard a ship. As I look back i realize God gave me a opportunity to be apart of something that was great in our history. I fought against being apart of it and now I am sorry I did, To all of those I offended I am sorry and to my friends I made there I think of you guys often. Wayne Little, Red Carr, Cox, and many others. I remember the time Commander Russell caught me skipping along behind the company while we were marching and he made me stand a personal inspection before the whole battalion . I was embarrassed LOL. I was transferred to a ship a few weeks before the battalion went to Vet Nam and stayed there until I got out of the navy in 1967. Wow that sounds like a long time ago. I love to play the drums and that was about all I was good for at the time. Played with a band that was in MCB 11 In Okinawa at camp Kinser. My son starting playing the drums and he Is one of the top studio drummers in the world at the moment. Matt Chamberlain is his name. Google him if you wish. God bless all and hope to hear from someone. Sonnie Joe Chamberlain
Comments: I was originally from Chelsea, Oklahoma when I joined the Navy in 1960....I was a part of Operation DeepFreeze in the Antarctic....is there anyone else out there that was an NCB5 that remembers me? If so, please email me.
Comments: Served with MCB22 from 1968-69,I was a CM2 on detachment in Dong Ha.Looking for Edward J. Kelly who was also a CM2.Ed was from Pennsylvania.If anyone knows of his whereabouts please let me know,would like to hear from other MCB22 members also.
Comments: My Husband was in the Navy SeaBees in 40s if anyone could remember him he worked with Construction Crew.His name is Lindsey Delos King HE HAS ALWAYS TALKED ABOUT TO ME AND THE CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WHEN WAS IN THE Navy SeaBees.We have lost him this past JUNE 9,2009 AND IF ANYONE KNOW WHO HE WAS JUST CONTACT ME AT MY email address at email@example.com so do please let me her from you.THANK YOU SO MUCH MRS PEGGY W. KING
Comments: In 1967 in Danang VN I saw an amphibius vehical that looked like a small boat hull mounted with tracks and a propeler in the rear and both worked at the same time. It was in convoy with other tracked vehicals headed south on hwy 1. I was wondering if anyone knew anything about this type of vehical and what it was called. Please email me, Jim Murray @ firstname.lastname@example.org. I was stationed at Camp Tien Sha Danang working Public Works at the Triangle, Fuel and Water Crew driving an 8000 gal semi water tanker hauling Potable Water from the airbase to the hospital at China Beach at the time. I was there from July '67 to July '68 then transfered to Kodiak Alaska until discharged in Aug. '69. I would also like toi hear from anyone who might remember me. Seabees Can Do!