This Week in Seabee History (Week of July 17)

July 17, 2016 | By Seabee Magazine
Consolidated by Dr. Frank A. Blazich Jr., Historian, U.S. Navy Seabee Museum  
NMCB 3 Vietnam
VIRIN: 160718-N-ZY182-3025
Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 unloads littoral combat ships (LCS) at Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam, 1966.Two years later,onAugust 12, Seabee Teams 0703 and 0704 arrived at Da Nang and proceeded directly to Soc Trang City and Go Cong City, respectively. (Photo courtesy ofU.S. Navy Seabee Museum)


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 22s 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.


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:Machinists 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 Islandsby 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 Maurers 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.

July 23

1943:111th NCB commissioned at NCTC Camp Peary, Magruder, Virginia.