This Week in Seabee History: May 22-28 (2023)

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May 22nd

1943: The 93rd NCB served with the Endicott Battalion at the Shipbuilding Training Center (NCTC) in Davisville, Rhode Island.

1964: A team of 33 Navy Seabees and 271 tons of heavy equipment is flown to Costa Rica to perform emergency flood protection in the Irazu Volcano area and along the banks of the Reventado River. The Government of Costa Rica requests assistance. There, the Seabees placed over 700,000 cubic yards of material along the embankment and strengthened and rebuilt portions of the embankment weakened by flooding. In addition, Seabees trains Costa Ricans in modern flood protection equipment and techniques. Seabees' work has received special recognition from the President of Costa Rica, as well as several senior US officials.

1966: Camp Faulkner opens at NMCB Camp 8 in honor of (Heavy) Equipment Operator 3rd Class Arnold J. Faulkner. Faulkner, who was affiliated with NMCB 4, was killed in a construction accident while repairing a Special Forces airstrip in Kham Duc, Republic of Vietnam (RVN).

2008: A joint team of Iraqi and US Army, Navy and Marine Corps engineers completed construction of a 300-meter bridge over the Euphrates River in Baghdadi, Iraq. Seabee metallurgists at NMCB 17 weld components with their colleagues from the Army's 814th Engineering Company.

1970: The main body of NMCB 4 departs from the Construction Battalion Center (CBC) in Port Hueneme, California and arrives in Okinawa, Japan.

1967: Main body NMCB 3 transferred to RVN Phu Bai.

May 23

1942: The Eighth NCB entered service with the NCTC Allen Battalion in Norfolk, Virginia.

1965 - Parts of NMCB 3 depart Guam aboard the USS Belgrove for Vietnam.

1968: Between January 10 and April 1, 1968, NMCB 10 Detail Juliet was authorized by the Marine Corps Commanding Officer to wear the Presidential Unit Medal in recognition of her service at Keishan, RVN, in support of the 26th Marine Regiment United States Navals.

2012: Camp Morel, Kuwait, officially closes in a ceremony at Ali Salem Air Base, Kuwait. The camp is the main land base and staging point for all Seaspice and sailors deploying to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.

May 24th

1943: ACORN 7 arrives at Guadalcanal. (The ACORN used during World War II was a custom-built unit designed to carry out rapid construction and follow-up operations from land and seaplane forward bases. Each ACORN has a construction battalion, as well as personnel trained to operate the control, site lighting, meteorological units, transportation, medical facilities, berth and canteen The Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) also accompanied each ACORN to maintain the base after the completion of the initial construction and the evacuation of the construction battalion ., ACORN was dispatched to Guadalcana Espiritu Santo, Ilha Verde, Rendova, Treasure Island and Majuro.

1945: About 50 Seabees of the 87th NCB were bombed during the night shift at Yontan Airfield in Okinawa and then attacked by enemy airborne demolition teams. This is the debut of the Japanese suicide fighter Giretsu. When the first enemy plane roared along the coral runway, the Japanese soldiers in the plane jumped and fell to the ground. They quickly recovered and ran into the darkness. Immediately afterwards, blinding flashes from all directions illuminated the solid support. Fuel tanks exploded, turning parked planes into a blazing inferno. Enemy soldiers are destroying American planes with magnesium grenades and phosphorus bombs. The Seabees and Marines took their weapons and began firing at the Japanese, who surrounded the burning plane. When the operation ends, all invading saboteurs are dead. However, 20 American aircraft were completely destroyed and a fuel depot caught fire.

1969: Team Seabee returns to Davisville, Rhode Island at 0604.

1969: NMCB 5 held a change of command ceremony as Cmdr. R.B. Wilson, from the Civil Engineering Corps (CEC), was relieved of his duties by the commander. FROG. Schade Jr., CEC, serves as commander of NMCB 5.

1971: Captain. D. W. Wittschiebe, CEC, officially raised commander. RD Cordon (CEC) during a ceremony in Okinawa as commander of the 30th Shipbuilding Regiment (NCR).

may 25th

1942: The fifth NCB entered service with the NCTC Allen Battalion in Norfolk, Virginia.

1946: NCB 125 decommissioned in Okinawa.

2009: Commander. Duane G. Wolfe, CEC, United States Naval Reserve (USNR), Los Osos, California, was killed along with three others by a roadside bomb in Fallujah, Iraq. Wolfe, former head of the US Army Corps of Engineers Anbar Regional Office, is the highest-ranking CCA officer ever killed in action.

1949: A corps of 12 officers and 354 enlisted men from NMCB 6 returned to Davisville, Rhode Island from Roosevelt Road, Puerto Rico, in two DC-8s.

1970: The main body of NMCB 3 returns to the continental United States in a government plane.

May 26th

1943: The 92nd NCB is established at NCTC Camp Peary in Magruder, Virginia.

1965: The main body of the first NMCB Section 3 arrives at RVN from Guam aboard the USS Port Defiance.

1967: Seabee Team 0309 leaves the continental United States to serve in Vietnam.

1970: Commander. NMCB Survey 4 Commander Gaulden, CEC, disarm the Commander. JL Godsey, CEC, Commander, NMCB 3, in command of the 30th NCR. In addition, NMCB 4 took over the duties of the US Pacific Fleet Guards Battalion.

1965: NMCB 3 lands in Da Nang, Vietnam and begins construction on a large military complex in and east of Da Nang. Over the next four months, NMCBs 5, 8, and 9 worked with NMCB 3 to build camps, roads, docks, warehouses, and yards.

may, 27

1942 - US Marines and Seabees capture Wallis Island in the South Pacific.

1961: The Kilo detachment of NMCB 14 arrives in Holy Loch, Scotland. Seabees' goal is to build a floating dry dock capable of berthing Polaris submarines. Floating dry docks have not been built since the end of World War II. The dry dock to be installed at Holy Loch dates back to the Second World War and has been mothballed ever since. When it was decided that an offshore maintenance facility for Polaris submarines was a strategic necessity, the dock was recommissioned and towed from Green Cove Springs, Florida to Loch Sacred, Scotland. To complete the dry dock, Seabee's main tasks included placing 22 mooring legs weighing approximately 1,000 tons each, lifting eight side frames weighing 450 tons each into an upright position, and lifting over 825 feet of steel framing to support the cranes weighing up to 240 tons. , and four sections of the welding pier. In addition, Seabees installed the electrical, plumbing and intercom systems. Other projects included building living spaces and offices and painting the dry dock inside and out.

1968: The advance party of NMCB 5, consisting of a supervisor and 16 enlisted men, leaves Camp Barnes for Da Nang, Vietnam, and returns to Huaine, California with the lead navigation squadron of NMCB 9 on May 30, 1968 CBC at Mi Harbour.

1971: The 1st Submarine Construction Team (UCT) returns from Keflavik, Iceland.

1974: On Memorial Day 1974, the Seabee Memorial is dedicated. The monument is located on Memorial Drive, leading to Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. He describes Seabee as a builder, warrior and goodwill ambassador. The monument's gigantic sea bee statue stands in front of a semi-circular bronze bas-relief depicting a panorama of sea bees at various building trades.

May 28th

1944: The 32nd Naval Construction Battalion (NCB) is disbanded at Camp Park in Shoemaker, California.

1963: The first deployment of Seabee Team 0902 in Thailand begins the Seabee United Citizens Action Program. Between May 1963 and December 1965, 10 Seabee teams trained students and built roads, dams, and other community projects in seven provinces in northern and northeastern Thailand.

1967: Captain. Arkansas. Marschall of the Civil Engineering Corps (CEC), Commander of the 30th Shipbuilding Regiment (NCR), presents the 1966 Peltier Award to the commander of Mobile Shipbuilding Battalion (NMCB) 1.

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