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Old January 2nd, 2017, 05:54 AM   #1
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Happy 75th Birthday Seabees

This year marks the 75th birthday of the USN Seabees. "Can Do"!


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Happy Birthday SEABEES. My father was in the Seabees .



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The SeaBees did some great work in Vietnam, leaving their mark just about everywhere in I Corps. Happy Birthday!

I had an uncle who joined the SeaBees shortly after they were formed in WWII. He was an experienced heavy equipment operator and felt the SeaBees were where he could make the greatest contribution.

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Just finished a book about the coast watchers and the Solomon islands campaign. The seabees were essential in completing Japanese airfields like at Guadalcanal and building others to enable the island hopping. Their efforts saved many lives.

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Old January 2nd, 2017, 12:05 PM   #6
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Just finished a book about the coast watchers and the Solomon islands campaign. The seabees were essential in completing Japanese airfields like at Guadalcanal and building others to enable the island hopping. Their efforts saved many lives.
My dad served there as a sailor working with the Seabees in WWII. The idea of good chow in the Navy and not being on a ship led me to volunteer with them in '66, while I was in boot. I was able to choose my school, and picked mechanic's.

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An interesting side note ......, my uncle first reported to the SeaBees at Camp Peary, Virginia which was a SeaBee training facility in WWII. That facility was later not necessary to the SeaBees and was at some point turned over to the CIA which has long used it as their training facility. It is referred to within the CIA as "The Farm."

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....met an older fellow at a small gun shop a few years ago and he told me he was a seabee in WW2. He was running a bulldozer on an airstrip and about 5 or 6 japs surprised their crew. He ran out of ammo and had to kill one of the japs with his bayonet. Rather calmly he said they were "little guys" ( he was about 6'2" ). They were not only construction workers...they were warriors. I thanked him for his service and his story.

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My father gave me these pictures before he died. Okinawa 1945. Also a couple of him. He told me about almost getting blowed away by a typhoon.







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I went through a typhoon in Danang. We were out in the weather taking pans off 4wd scrapers with dozer blades. They were to be used clearing mud from Rt 1, in the mountains. It was paved, so they couldn't use tracked because of the tracks tearing up the road. There were just a few of us and we all started out wearing ponchos. Between the rain falling, and hydraulic fluid flying around when we popped off the hoses, by the time we were done we were all in our undies. Nobody cared because Chief bought a bottle of Jack for us volunteers.




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I found this pic doing a random search for "MRS scraper", and posted it. Then I looked close. That was one of the very scrapers in our outfit that I worked on that day, and Don was in my company!

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We went through a typhoon while on an operation in September 1968. We hunkered down while 26 inches of rain near drowned us over four days. Could not be extracted, could not be resupplied. We had plenty of water but no food and little ammo. I lived for four days on one C-Ration can of Peanut Butter and one can of Beef Spiced With Sauce.

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We went through a typhoon while on an operation in September 1968. We hunkered down while 26 inches of rain near drowned us over four days. Could not be extracted, could not be resupplied. We had plenty of water but no food and little ammo. I lived for four days on one C-Ration can of Peanut Butter and one can of Beef Spiced With Sauce.
I'm pretty sure it's the same typhoon.

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Did your unit have any of the big Euclid dump trucks? They were painted a pale green/yellow color? We were coming back in from an operation sometime in summer 1968 and since we were only a few miles from Camp Carroll we were told to make our way south to Route 9 then walk to Camp Carroll. Just about the time we get to Route 9 a long string of SeaBee Euclid dump trucks is headed west on Route 9. They stopped and we loaded darn near the entire battalion into these things and they gave us a ride to where the road to Camp Carroll intersected Route 9. Those Euclid trucks are really big, and high off the ground. Our biggest problem was getting in and out of them! Those SeaBees were OK!

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We did have Euc's. MCB3 moved dirt as it's primary objective, and dirt we did move. Our machines helped us make a lot of friends who wanted dirt moved. A D8 is better than a shovel any day.

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We did have Euc's. MCB3 moved dirt as it's primary objective, and dirt we did move. Our machines helped us make a lot of friends who wanted dirt moved. A D8 is better than a shovel any day.
A shovel can be quite effective though. When the Cav relieved us at Khe Sanh they saw the trench line that encircled our hill and wanted to know how we were able to use a trencher to dig the trench line on an angled hillside. WHAT?? "What's a trencher?", we asked. They were in awe when we told them all the trenches and bunkers had been dug by hand with entrenching tools. There were hundreds of yards of trenches we dug around the Rock Quarry hill. Glad I don't have to do that today.

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