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THIS WEEK IN SEABEE HISTORY (Week of Jan. 24)

Consolidated by Dr. Frank A. Blazich Jr., Historian, U.S. Navy Seabee Museum

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Seabee Team 1011 attempting to place form for footing of a pier, Republic of Vietnam, 1968 . (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum)

January 24

1946: 36th Naval Construction Battalion (NCB) inactivated on Okinawa.

1968: Cmdr. William J. Richeson, Civil Engineer Corps (CEC), commanding officer, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 62, relieved Cmdr. Gordon W. Schley, CEC, commanding officer, NMCB 74, at Camp Haskins South, Republic of Vietnam (RVN).

Jan. 24-27, 1968: The main body of NMCB 62 arrived in RVN.

January 25

1944: 22nd Special NCB commissioned at Naval Construction Training Center (NCTC) Camp Peary, Magruder, Virginia.

1963: Seabee Teams 0501 and 0502 were the first Seabee Teams to arrive in the Republic of Vietnam. Team 0501 was employed at Dam Pau in central South Vietnam and Team 0502 was employed at Tri Ton, southwest of Saigon near the Cambodian border. Both teams were employed in support of the United States Army Special forces.

1971: The Navy League Councils throughout the country sponsor Sea Cadet units which take 14 to 17 year old youngsters and give them “boot camp” and technical training aimed at qualifying them up to E-3. Sea Cadet graduates who later enlist in the Navy can enlist at their level of attainment in the Sea Cadet program.

2008: NMCB 15 steelworkers and engineers of the 814th Multirole Bridge Company completed construction of a floating span of a Mabey Johnson Float Bridge in the Al Anbar Province, Iraq.

January 26

1943: ACORN 4 arrived at Noumea. (In World War II, Navy ACORN units, composed of Seabees and other components such as aircraft maintenance units, etc., were put together to design, construct, operate and maintain forward landplane and seaplane bases and operational facilities.)

1967: Seabee Team 0511 departed the main body at Da Nang for training at the 31st NCR, Port Hueneme, CA.

1972: Seabee Team 6207 departed Yap Island for Guam.

January 27

1942: The first Seabee detachment, the Bobcats, left the United States for Bora Bora in the Society Islands. The Bobcats were the advance part of more than 325,000 men who served in the Naval Construction Force during the Second World War.

1945: 143rd NCB commissioned at NCTC Camp Endicott, Davisville, RI.

1947: 105th NCB reactivated, being re-designated as ACB 2 in October 1950.

Jan. 27-Feb. 5, 1967:  NMCB 9 main body departed Da Nang, RVN.

1972:  Seabee Team 13308 returned to CBC, Gulfport, MS.

January 28

1943: 82nd NCB commissioned at NCTC Camp Endicott, Davisville, RI.

1946: 144th NCB inactivated at Guam.

1963: NMCB 10’s first Sangley Point advance party of 2 officers and 44 enlisted men departed CONUS aboard a VR-21 aircraft for the Philippines.

Jan. 28-Feb. 7, 1968: NMCB 3 main body flights departed Vietnam for continental U.S.

1969: Detachment of Seabees from Amphibious Construction Battalion Two augmented by 17 Seabee divers from the 21st Naval Construction Regiment (NCR) and Atlantic and Pacific mobile construction battalions install TEKTITE I habitat on the ocean floor on 28 January and standby to assist aquanauts with any problems or potential emergencies. Full installation of the habitat completed on 12 February.

1970: Seabee Team 4003 departed Davisville, RI for reassignment to Officer-inCharge (OIC), Construction Battalion Pacific Detachment (CBPACDET), Guam and deployment at Truk Island, Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (TTPI).

1971: Seabee Team 0414 reported in at Construction Battalion Center (CBC), Port Hueneme, CA.

January 29

1944: 146th NCB established in Iceland from Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) 583.

1946: 67th NCB inactivated on Eniwetok.

Jan. 29-Feb. 6, 1968: NMCB 8 main body deployed to Camp Wilkinson, Gia Le Combat Base, Phu Bai, RVN by C-141 and C-124 aircraft.

1972: Seabee Team 6207 departed Guam for CBC, Gulfport, MS.

January 30

1943:  5th Special NCB commissioned at NCTC Camp Peary, Magruder, VA.

Jan. 30-Feb. 6, 1967: NMCB 4 main body arrived at Da Nang, RVN.

1972: Seabee Team 6207 returned to CBC, Gulfport, MS.

 

 


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Consolidated by Dr. Frank A. Blazich Jr., Historian, Naval History and Heritage Command

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