November 22-28> Seabee Magazine> News
1960: During the summer, unusual precipitation pushes up Lake Miragoane, near Mira, Haiti, and virtually isolates the southern tip of Haiti. Haitian army engineers called on the United States to help them. A Seabee detachment from Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 2 was dispatched to the area. The detachment built a bridge and improved six miles of road leading to it. On November 22, the bridge and the road were dedicated. The United States Ambassador to Haiti and numerous Haitian government officials attended the inauguration ceremonies. 1969: NMCB 121 relieves NMCB 8 aboard Camp Haskins South, Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam (RVN). 22-26 November 1969: The main body of NMCB 8 is deployed from Camp Haskins South, Da Nang, RVN, to the Construction Battalion Center (CBC), Port Hueneme, California. 1971: NMCB 5 completed its deployment in the Western Pacific (WESTPAC).
1942: 39th NCB commissioned at Norfolk, Virginia (exact location unknown). 1943: ACORN 14 and ACORN 17 arrive in Tarawa. (During WWII, Navy ACORN units, consisting of Seabees and other components such as aircraft maintenance units, etc., were set up to design, build, operate and maintain bases land and seaplane advances and operational facilities.) 1943: ACORN 16 arrives at Apamama Atoll, Gilbert Islands, Kiribati. 1945: 45th and 53rd RNC inactivated. 148th BCN inactivated on Okinawa. 12th Special BCN inactivated in Okinawa. 1965: The vanguard of NMCB 4 arrives at Camp Shields, Chu Lai, RVN.
1944: The need to build an airstrip on Samar Island in the Philippines became evident even before U.S. forces landed there, so three Seabees and a geologist were disembarked to survey the troops. Japanese. Led by Cmdr. Bradford Bowker, Officer in Charge (OIC), NCB 61, the group boarded a Mechanized Landing Craft (LCM) on the night of November 23 and flew silently ashore the next morning. However, any idea of a secret landing was dispelled when the small group reached shore. There 5,000 jubilant Filipinos rose to greet them. Instead of a sneaky investigation, the adventure turned into a crazy party of eating, drinking and dancing. It appears that Bowker, a tall man with a hawk-like profile, was mistaken by the natives for General Douglas MacArthur and nothing the commander could say convinced them otherwise. The next day, the secret investigation was made and three days later the Seabees left the island with the location of the future airstrip determined. 1945: 44th RNC inactivated. 17th NCB inactivated and personnel transferred to 58th NCB in Okinawa. 101st BCN inactivated on Okinawa. 1967: NMCB 58’s second vanguard increment arrived in Da Nang, RVN. 1992: The United States officially cedes the naval facilities at Subic Bay and Cubi Point to the Republic of the Philippines, ending nearly half a century of Seabee construction and maintenance at both facilities.
2012: Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 27 and peacekeepers from the CREOMPAZ military base in Coban, Guatemala, poured a concrete slab as part of a renovation project in support of the United States Southern Command’s Global Peacekeeping Operations Initiative. The Seabees from NMCB 27 have been deployed throughout South and Central America in support of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and the U.S. 4th Fleet in multinational partnership, peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance missions . (Courtesy of the US Navy Seabee Museum)
1944: ACORN 35 decommissioned.
2004: The Commander of the Naval Reserve Force, Vice Admiral John G. Cotton saw a Seabee project at Al Asad airfield in western Iraq. Reserve Seabees assigned to Mobile Naval Construction Battalion Two Three (NMCB-23) undertook this massive project, which included permanent repairs to 39 pool-sized impact craters on different sections of airfield runways. The craters, resulting from the bombardments during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, left the airfield inoperable for more than a year. Vice-Admiral Cotton was in Iraq during the Thanksgiving vacation to meet with mobilized Navy Reservists deployed to the area. (Courtesy of the US Navy Seabee Museum)
1942: On this date, Camp Parks is created near Shoemaker, California. Although originally established as a replacement and recovery center for Seabee battalions returning from overseas, in practice the primary service rendered at Camp Parks was the tactical training of Seabee units transferred from the east coast. for boarding in the war zone. Incidentally, Camp Parks has been called in from time to time to provide all phases of primary military and technical training to Seabee units. 1944: The maintenance unit of the construction battalion (CBMU) 629 played a decisive role in the crossing of the formidable German barrier of the Rhine. The US military, concerned about the fast and difficult currents of the river, asked the Seabees to build, operate and train their personnel in the operation of landing craft that would be used to transport assault forces to the homeland of the enemy. This is how the CBMU 629 became the first Seabee unit to enter Germany on November 26. The 41st Special NCB was formed in Hollandia. 1945: 17th RCN inactivated. 127th NCB inactivated in Leyte Samar, Philippines. 136th BCN inactivated on Guam. 145th NCB inactivated on Okinawa. 28th Special NCB inactivated in Yokosuka, Japan.
1943: 141st Shipbuilding Battalion (NCB) commissioned at Camp Endicott’s Shipbuilding Training Center (NCTC), Davisville, Rhode Island. 27 Nov-Dec July 7, 1967: The 5th Main Corps of the Mobile Naval Construction Battalion (NMCB) arrived in Dong Ha, Republic of Vietnam (RVN). 1970: Seabee 0108 and 0109 teams leave Davisville, Rhode Island, to be reassigned to the Officer in Charge (OIC), Construction Battalion US Pacific Fleet Detachment (CBPACDET), Guam and deployed to Palau and Kusaie, Trust Territory of the Islands of the Pacific (TTPI), respectively.
2009: Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 used an excavator to remove rubbish and brush from a natural source at Naval Base Rota in Spain. The NMCB-3 restored the source as part of an environmental rejuvenation project requested by the Spanish Navy. (Courtesy of the US Navy Seabee Museum)
“Thanksgiving Greetings”, V-mail, November 6, 1944. Seabee artists created V-mail messages which were used to send messages to the home. The messages were then filmed, sent home, and then reprinted on paper when they arrived. V-mail was created to ensure that thousands of tons of shipping space could be reserved for war material. The 37 mail bags needed to carry 150,000 one-page letters could be replaced by a single mail bag. The weight of that same amount of mail has been drastically reduced from 2,575 pounds to just 45 pounds. (Courtesy of the US Navy Seabee Museum)
[1945: 24th, 40th and 68th BCN inactivated in Okinawa. Section I of the 106th BCN inactivated at Ie Shima. 2001: The first members of NMCB 133 arrive aboard a Rhino camp in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.