This Week in Seabee History (Week of March 20)

March 22, 2016 | By donrochon
Consolidated by Dr. Frank A. Blazich Jr., Historian, U.S. Navy Seabee Museum
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Seabees with CBMU 301 fixing a bulldozer's track near Khe Sanh in 1968. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum.)

March 20

1971: NMCB 5 deployment to WESTPAC (Western Pacific) began, including Vietnam, Guam, and the Philippines.

March 21

1942: The first Seabee training camp was commissioned with the official name of United States Naval Construction Training Center (NCTC), Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, Virginia. It was named Camp Allen in memory of Capt. Walter H. Allen, who, during the First World War, commanded a Public Works Regiment at Great Lakes Naval Training Station in Illinois. 1944: Camp Hollyday, Gulfport, Mississippi disestablished. 1969: Capt. R.M. Fluss, Civil Engineer Corps (CEC), was relieved as commanding officer of NMCB 4 by Cmdr. R.D. Gaulden, CEC. The change of command ceremony was held on the Construction Battalion Center (CBC) main parade grinder, Port Hueneme, California. 2003: Seabees cross the line of departure into Iraq with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

March 22

1945: Seabee barges put Patton across Rhine River into Germany. 1966: Equipment Operator (Heavy) (EOH) 3 Arnold J. Faulkner of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 4 was killed at Kham Duc, Republic of Vietnam (RVN)in a construction accident. 1970: NMCB 1 was relieved at Camp Haskins North, RVN, by NMCB 5. 1970: NMCB 5 commanding officer, Cmdr. R.A. Schade, Jr., CEC,relieved NMCB 1 commanding officer, Cmdr. C.V.W. Popowich, CEC.

March 23

1944: 106th Naval Construction Battalion (NCB) split into Section I and Section II. 1967: First increment of the NMCB 11 advance party, consisting oftwo officers and 40 enlisted personnel, deployed from CBC, Port Hueneme, California via VR-21 aircraft to Da Nang, RVN.

March 25

1967: Seabee Team 0911 departed the main body at Da Nang, RVN, via C-118 aircraft, for the 31st Naval Construction Regiment (NCR) to commence military and technical training. 1969: Seabee Team 5301 deployed from Davisville, Rhode Island to RVN for assignment to the 30th NCR for duty at Da Nang, RVN.

March 26

1969: Seabee Teams 0703 and 0704 arrived in Davisville, Rhode Islandfrom Vietnam for reassignment to NMCB 7. 1970: Seabee Team 0516 was disestablished. 1970: 21st NCR Detail Yankee (UCT 1) returned to Davisville, Rhode Island from the Navy's Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC).