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My dad, Wilfred Leo Allen served in the Pacific during WWII with the 82nd. I have a photo and a letter I would like to return to the family of "Blackie." Perhaps he is Wilson Bartow? Can anyone help?

Added: November 8, 2013
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NSVA Shipmates: I received this sad news from Admiral Kent Riffey, who was an XO of NMCB 62 and is an Alumni Group Member.

Hi Norm,

Wanted to make you aware of the sad loss on 25 October of one of 62's finest alumni, Captain Donald Keith, CEC, USN (Ret.). Don passed away at home in Bremerton, WA, following an off and on battle with cancer. Don was a rare breed, having enlisted at the age of 17 and progressing to Chief Utilitiesman, then Warrant Officer, and on to being commissioned as an LDO Ensign in 1968, and moving through the ranks to Captain with a level of professionalism that was a model for all. Among his assignments, Don served in NMCB's 1, 9 and 62 (two tours), Naval Support Activity DaNang RVN, NAS Whidbey Island, XO of the Naval Construction Training Center Gulfport, Chief Staff Officer of 20th Naval Construction Regiment, Chief of Staff and then Commander CBLANT and Chief of Staff at COMCBPAC from which he retired in 1990 after 36 years of dedicated and remarkable service. He's one of only two in the CEC to have risen from E-1 to 0-6, and the only former enlisted to ever become COMCBLANT. His awards include Bronze Star with combat V, two Legions of Merit, two Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals, and Navy Achievement Medal, among other awards. Don was not only as not a great Naval Officer, but a superb American in all respects. Don is survived by his wife, Imma and sons Donald, Tony and David. His memorial service was held Thursday, 31 October, and he was buried with full military honors on Monday, 4 November at the National Cemetery in Tahoma, WA. Any donations in Don's memory should sent to the Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association, P.O. Box 6574, Silver Springs, Maryland 20916.

Wish I had better news but I know many 62 alumni will remember Don and want to know.

Kent Riffey

(Anyone who knew Capt. Don Keith is welcome to go to our website and leave a tribute in our guest book which I will enter into his biography. Norm H.)


Added: November 5, 2013
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I was in MCB-74 from 1967-1970,i did 2 tours in Nam and 1 in Gitmo.looking for anyone who was there with me.Thank-you

Added: November 3, 2013
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My name is Linda Joiner, and I am the widow of EO1 Cleveland Eugene "GENE" Joiner. He was with NMCB-14.
In Viet Nam he was in Hue.
Gene did some of his schooling for the Seabees at Port Hueneme, California.

Gene passed away in 2007 after a seven year battle with heart issues, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other issues.


Added: October 29, 2013
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Good morning Seabees from the chilly state of Ohio. Ive been looking for the car size Seabee flags and cannot find them anywhere. These are the ones that are the same sixe as most sports teams,and american flags. I fanyone knows where to get these please email me. Thanx.

Added: October 28, 2013
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Shipmates: The Sea Beacon Jr. October 2013 Newsletter

Here’s an update of things happening on our NMCB 62 website and elsewhere

We had two Minutemen join the alumni group during September: Kenny Weston, 68-69, Dong Ha, and Bubba Sokolohorsky, 80-82, Diego Garcia. Alumni Members can log into link 21 on the website to see their contact information and read their bios.

More photos have been posted on website link 2. The photos taken at the August 2013 NSVA Annual Convention and Reunion in Warwick, Rhode Island are on the top. Next are photos taken in May 2013 at the Annual Gulfport, Mississippi reunion.


Added: October 25, 2013
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I'm writing on behalf of my father in law, John Taylor. Sadly, he passed September 11, 2013. He was part of a Vietnam documentary and mentioned a good friend named John Wilkinson. He said Wilkinson re-enlisted so his sons wouldn't have to. He was killed in the line of duty by friendly fire. I'm posting on the maybe chance Wilkinsons sons might read this email and I can share the video.

Added: October 24, 2013
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Our friends at Island X-1 Gulfport really do a bang-up job and this year was no exception. Then my friend Ken Penick, 66-68, Hue, Phu Bai, Da Nang who now lives in Newfoundland, Canada and I drove to Battleship Park in Mobile, Alabama on that Sunday and also have posted photos of that excursion. And yes, we did make it back to the Ramada hotel for the Sunday late afternoon and evening party.

While at the May 2013 Banquet Saturday night during the reunion we were all pleasantly surprised when Alice Huffman showed us an original copy of the MCB 62 Wives Club Cook Book, which none of us even knew existed. The exciting story of how Alice came to own the famous MCB 62 Cook Book can be read in her own words in Link 6 on the website; “Minuteman History”. By the way, the entire Cook Book is also scanned-into that article. Alice’s husband Dan was an EO1 in NMCB 62 from 88 to decommissioning.


Added: October 24, 2013
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Our good friend Commander Jerry Hubbs, CEC, long retired has shared some profound thoughts and words-of-wisdom from a time long ago, remembered by many. Read his wit and wisdom in link 13 on our website, “Seabee History”.

Our next reunion will be in Hampton, Virginia, Feb 20 thru 23, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina Hotel. A pretty classy joint. Nice bar, good food, great rooms, reasonable prices. We will be there for the 7th Annual East Coast All Seabee Reunion.
This is the reunion where we hold our annual business meeting and afterwards take lots of pictures so folks will see how young we still look. To see reunion information, go to Link # 1 on our website. That’s all the news that is news for now. Signing off.


Added: October 23, 2013
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I proudly served in the 55th Bat. from 1943-1946. Wondering if there are any other "old timers" out there.
I am enjoying this facebook page very much.


Added: October 23, 2013
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