This Week in Seabee History: August 15

August 15th

1942: 19th Naval Construction Brigade (NCB) established at Camp Bradford, Norfolk, Virginia.
1944: The invading forces land at Guam in the Mariana Islands on July 21. The initial objective was to take possession of the port of Apra, as well as the surrounding development area and the airfield on the Orote peninsula. Landing forces struck north and south of the port. Seabees participated in the assaults: the 25th and 2nd BCN special on the beaches north of the port, and the 53rd and 13th special BCN, and CBMU 515 on the southern beaches. For three weeks, the fighting and construction continued until finally, on August 10, the Japanese resistance ended. As considerable development had been planned for Guam, the 5th Naval Construction Brigade was created. The brigade took control of the construction and development of basic facilities for the army and navy. Guam has become a major army air base, as well as the main naval base for the Western Pacific.
1944: 120th NCB inactivated in Davisville, Rhode Island.
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1951: Mobile Naval Construction Battalion (NMCB) 7 is established at Construction Battalion Center (CBC) Davisville, Rhode Island.
1971: Construction Battalion Unit (CBU) 417 established at Naval Air Station (NAS), Whidbey Island, Washington.

August 16

1966: NMCB 4 left Chu Lai for the Continental United States (CONUS).

1968: Seabee Team 0809 departed RVN via government aircraft for CONUS.

1969: Lt. Cmdr. HH Harrell, CEC, relieved Lt. Cmdr. HW Filbry, CEC, as Commanding Officer, CBMU 302.

2009: NMCB 24 completed the expansion and upgrade of the entry checkpoint at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, with completion marked with a groundbreaking ceremony. During construction, Alfa Company leveled over 341,000 square feet of roads and parking lots, excavated and hauled nearly 2,400 cubic meters of fill, and placed over 400 barriers spanning approximately 6 000 feet.


August 17

1969: Hurricane Camille wreaked havoc on residents of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. During its trajectory across the Gulf Coast, it destroyed or damaged 30,000 homes and hundreds of businesses, civic and religious structures, cut communications, and cut off water, electricity and electricity services. sewer. At the Gulfport Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC), 29 buildings were destroyed and more than 90 percent of the structures were damaged. However, after the eye of the hurricane passed over the Gulf Coast, Seabees implemented a massive mobilization effort to assist the surrounding community in recovery operations. Seabees cleared roads, located bodies, rescued survivors, restored water, gas and electricity, put out fires, set up mobile clinics, and unloaded food, supplies and medicine. On October 31, the military population of the Center received the Navy Unit Commendation for exceptionally meritorious service before, during and after the devastating hurricane. In addition, numerous individual awards were presented to the military and civilian personnel of the Center.

1969: Cmdr. TJ Mitchell, CEC, was relieved of command of NMCB 1 by Cmdr. CVW Popowich, CCE.


August 19

1943: 102nd NCB commissioned at Naval Construction Training Center (NCTC) Camp Endicott, Davisville, Rhode Island.

20 August

1942: 20th NCB commissioned at Camp Allen, Norfolk, Virginia.
1965: NMCB 8 transferred from CBC Davisville, Rhode Island, to Port Hueneme, California. The change of home port was part of the increase and reorganization of Seabee units for operations in the RVN.
1965: Captain William M. Heaman, CEC, is promoted to Rear Admiral.


21st of August

1943: The 100,000th recruit was dispatched by the Seabee Induction Plant to Camp Peary, Virginia, less than eight months after the first recruit was processed at Peary on December 6, 1942. Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Emil Mascotti, Bessemer, Mich., Had the number 100,000 written in mercurochrome on his chest during the medical inspection.

1969: Seabee Team 0513 completed its deployment to Ben Tre, Republic of Vietnam (RVN). All enlisted personnel returned to Port Hueneme, California. Lt. Cmdr. TN Withrow, Team Officer in Charge (OIC), reported to Camp Hoover, RVN.


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