Comments: I'm a reservist with NMCB21 still serving @ 21 years. My battalions that I have served with are RMCB13, NMCB7, NMCB1, NMCB133, NMCB21. I'm also the second generation of SEEMAN to serve in the Seabees. My father SW1 SEEMAN, CHARLES served with RMCB19 and RMCB13. Life time member of NSVA.
Comments: Seabees and particularly past members of NMCB-8 lost a great Skipper on August 3, 2009. Capt. John (Jack) O'Leary past away following his brave battle against pancreatic cancer. He was 77 years old and leaves his wonderful wife Emily and daughter Denise, and grandchildren Matthew and Christina. I was, and I'm sure those others that served with with him, were very proud to have known and followed such a leader. He was instrumental in my desire to remain in the service and make it my career. NMCB-8 was a great outfit, and Captain O'Leary was a great officer and Commanding Officer. He will be missed, but never forgotten.
Comments: SEPTEMBER 15, 1944 - PELELIU, WESTERN CAROLINE ISLANDS.
In one of the most brutal but often forgotten battles in the Pacific, Seabees accompany the 1st Marine Division (Reinforced) in the landing on Peleliu, Western Caroline Islands. 33rd,73rd,17th Special, 302nd N.C.B. Detachment - CAN-DO!
Comments: My name is Stan Lampe. My Dad, JEROME (Jerry) LAMPE was a SeaBee inducted in Granite City Illinois or St.Louis Missouri somewhere between 1944-1949. My family is looking for anyone who may have served with our father to help us celebrate his SURPRISE 80th birthday party on November 16th 2009. Any names, pictures or stories would be greatly apprieciated to help us with this Celebration of our Father.
Comments: I am browsing U. S. Navy sites this evening. I found a post looking for members of CBMU 542 during WWII in the Pacific theater. I was married to Jean C. Halterman, Seaman First Class, enlisted in 1943, discharged February, 1946. I recognized some of the names listed as being names my husband talked about. He exchanged Christmas cards with a number of them until 1982. Sadly, Jean died of cancer in October, 1982, and I have gradually lost track of all of them. If anyone wants to email me, I have a little bit of information I could share.
I have a photo of Platoon 4----If you have the same photo, here is the legend for it.
1. Charles Gruber - Ted Skinner - F. N. Jentner - Warrant Officer Hutchison - C. A. Anderson - J. Y. Sanders - Benny Frost
2. J. P. Mullins - Ivan Rowe - D. L. Smith - James L. Odgers - T. Leeds - Dick Tripp - Percy "Pop" Miles
3. Ray Logan - W. H. Krail - Douglas Gallaher - Herbert Spencer - B. H. Algien - Adamowitz - Karl Kihlstrom - Sam Boring - Charles Atwood - Don Knoll - Adason Jacobus
4. Bruce B. Bosley - Joe F. Keeley - Jean C. Halterman
5. Carl F. Kirar - H. G. Laser - J. J. Kyzour - D. L. Simms - "Rubber" - Lonnie Shelley - K. T. Crowley
6. W, J. "Bill" Blank
Unit 542 left Gulfport, MS, Dec. 27. 1943 aboard the Azalea, arrived New Hebrides Feb. 6, 1944
I am not sure about any locations, except Jean. He lived in Chicago and enlisted there. He graduated high school in June 1943 and was deferred until September to assist with flooding in Southern Illinois, where his grandparents lived and where he moved after the war.
I live in extreme Southern Illinois, a small town called Anna, in the vicinity of Southern Illinois University, (GO SALUKIS during the NCAA Basketball playoffs.) This has been this Halterman family home for generations.