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This Week in Seabee History (Week of July 16-July 22)

Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 unloads landing craft, support (LCS) boats at Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam, 1966. Two years later, on August 12, Seabee Teams 0703 and 0704 arrived at Da Nang and proceeded directly to Soc Trang City and Go Cong City, respectively. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy Seabee Museum.

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

July 16

1943: 104th NCB activated at NCTC Camp Peary, Magruder, Virginia

1968:  The dedication ceremony for Camp Haines was held with Rear Adm. J.V. Bartlett, commander, 3rd NCB, as guest speaker. The camp was dedicated in honor of Chief Equipment Operator John C. Haines who was killed during NMCB 4’s 1967 deployment to Da Nang, RVN.

1968:  Cmdr. R.J. Westberg, CEC, relieved Cmdr. J.F. O’Leary, CEC, as commanding officer, NMCB 8.

July 16-22, 1969: NMCB 1 main body of 635 men arrived in Camp Campbell, Phu Bai, RVN.

July 17

1968: The first increment of the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 58 advance party, consisting of one officer and 13 enlisted personnel, departed Camp Haskins North, Republic of Vietnam (RVN) bound for Construction Battalion Center (CBC), Davisville, Rhode Island.

1968: First increment of NMCB 22’s advance party, consisting of five officers and 75 enlisted men, arrived at Camp Haskins North from CBC, Gulfport, Mississippi.

2009: Capt. Scott Lister, Civil Engineer Corps (CEC), relieved Capt. Jim Wink, CEC, as commander, Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 1 at Naval Amphibious Base (NAB) Coronado, California.

July 18

1970: Seabee Team 0708 arrived at Davisville, Rhode Island, from RVN for reassignment to NMCB 7.

Jul. 19-24, 1968: NMCB 7 main body, consisting of 11 officers and 491 enlisted men, was airlifted from Davisville, Rhode Island, to Da Nang, RVN, aboard eight C-141 aircraft provided by the Military Airlift Command and shuttled to Dong Ha Combat Base, RVN, on C-130 aircraft provided by the 7th Air Force.

2006: Navy approved establishment of 25th Naval Construction Regiment (NCR) and NMCB 11, effective October 1, to be headquartered at CBC, Gulfport, Mississippi.

July 20

1943: Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Richard Maurer, Naval Construction Battalion (NCB) 63, was cited for the Navy Silver Star following an attack near Bairoko Harbor, New Georgia, in the Solomon Islands by the 1st Marine Raider Regiment. A resident of Seattle, Washington before becoming a member of the 63rd Battalion, Maurer had made many friendships among the Marine Raiders when they were encamped close to the Seabees on Guadalcanal. When the Raiders embarked for their historic attack, Maurer slipped aboard without permission of his superior officers. The gravity of his offense, for which he was ultimately brought to trial, was extenuated, however, by his gallant actions during the attack. From Marine Corps sources, it was learned that Maurer, after attaching himself to a machine gun crew, had serviced and manned the gun with devastating effect upon the enemy when all other crew members had been killed or disabled by mortar fire. He continued by his gun until reinforcements arrived. The Marine officer in charge praised Maurer’s performance and instituted citation proceedings.

1945: 63rd NCB inactivated at Manila, Philippines.

1968: Cmdr. L.D. Lawson, CEC, relieved Cmdr. R.B. Wilson, CEC, as NMCB 7 relieved NMCB 5 at Camp Barnes, Dong Ha Combat Base, RVN.

Jul. 20-22, 1968: Main body of NMCB 7 departed Davisville, Rhode Island, for duty at Dong Ha, RVN.

July 21

1969: Camp Campbell, Phu Bai was officially turned over by NMCB 40 to NMCB 1; main body of NMCB 40 arrived at Davisville, Rhode Island, from Phu Bai, RVN.

July 22

1943: 109th NCB formed at Naval Construction Training Center (NCTC) Camp Peary, Magruder, Virginia.

1968: Master Chief William Shannon became the first Seabee senior enlisted advisor to the commander of Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) and chief of Navy Civil Engineers. As advisor to the commander, Shannon acted as a point of contact at the command headquarters for all Group VIII personnel in the field.

2016: Lt. Cmdr. Javier Lopez-Martinez, CEC, relieved Lt. Cmdr. Eric Hass, CEC, as commanding officer of CBMU 303 at a ceremony aboard Naval Base San Diego.

 

 


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