Comments: I was a Seabee from 1951 to 1955 trained at Hueneme and was stationed at davisville and deployed port lyautey, french morrocco to any seabee that was there I extend the invite to drop me a note. looking for my freinds, Bob Bowen/ Denny LaSota and many others I knew and enjoyed serving with.
Comments: i served with cbmu 302 from l970 thru 1971, while i was stationed with cbmu we moved from cam rahn bay to bien hoa. I was a personnelman in charge for reenlistments then in charge of transfers back to the usa. bouncing Billy Bass was our executive officer. Would like to hear from anyone who served with me. thanks.
Comments: This Day in Seabee History, February 12, 1944 121st Seabees 3/20 Marines, 4th Marine Division
On both Roi and Namur, much of the reconstruction of the islands was done by Seabees. the 121st had been trained and equipped as part of a regular Marine Corps landing force. With the Twentieth (Engineer) Regiment, they unloaded ammunition, brought in supplies, laid a portable plank road on the beach, recovered unexploded shells, cleared the airfield, and set up a water-distillation plant.
On February 12, the Japanese hit the jackpot. A small group of planes, flying high, dropped a few incendi-ary bombs on Roi Island. One of them struck our ammunition dump and a moment later the whole island was an exploding inferno. To elements of the Twentieth Engineers and Seabees, who were still on Roi, the holocaust was more terrible than anything they had gone through in capturing the island. Combat Corre-spondent Bernard Redmond, attached to the Engineers, described "solid sheets of flame" that resulted from the explosions of our own ammunition and TNT. The raid lasted only five minutes, but the bombardment from the ammunition dump continued for four hours.
"Tracer ammunition lit up the sky as far as we could see," Redmond wrote, "and for a full half hour red-hot fragments rained from the sky like so many hailstones, burning and piercing the flesh when they hit.... A jeep exploded in our faces a few yards away. Yet half an hour after the first bomb hit, several hospitals and first aid stations were functioning with all the efficiency of urban medical centers."
Casualties were numerous, and it was later estimated that damage to our supplies and equipment amounted to one million dollars. Many of the troops had previously embarked on the transports that were to take them back to the Fourth's base on Maui. Some of the ships were still in the lagoon, and the men came topside to watch the grim spectacle.
Comments: I served in NMCB 71 from 1970 thru 1974, in Davisville, Rhode Island - then in CBU 413 from 1974 thru 1978, in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. I then went intothe reserves serving in RMNCB 2 at Treasure Island, the 31ST NCR in Port Hueneme, and retired out of CBMU 303 in 1994 as a SWC.
Comments: Hey BU2 Kevin "GUS" Hall here. I was in NMCB-133 from 86-90, CBU-411 from 90-92, PWD GTMO 92-95, RTC Great Lakes from 95-98, Sig Sicily from 99-2000. Hope to hear from any of my Seabee Brothers, I know your out there. Give me a shout. It's been awhile for all of us.
Comments: To the crew of CBMU-302: Our 2009 reunion is now set. We've meeting at the Howard Johnson Hotel, Branson, MO Oct. 2-4, 2009. I started sending out the registrations on 2/4/09 and had 6 confirmations from the guys by that night! This reunion is going to set a record. What's that? You want to come too? Anyone who served in CBMU-302 is welcome as well as our former unit, the 302nd NCB in WWII. CAN DO! Dave Schill, President, CBMU-302 Association.