Consolidated by Dr. Frank A. Blazich Jr., Historian, Naval History and Heritage Command
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On June 25, 1969, Seabee Team 13304 becomes the first Seabee Team sent to Moen Island, Truk in the Trust Territories of the Pacific Islands (TTPI) in support of US civic action efforts. Under an agreement between the Secretaries of the Interior and Defense, and at the specific request of the Micronesian people, the Seabee Teams were sent to assist the Micronesians in constructing facilities, roads, and utilities to enhance the economic development and conditions of health in the TTPI. Similar 13-man teams continued to deploy to assist the Micronesians in Truk, Yap, Ponape, Kusaie, Marshalls, and Mariana Island groups into the 80s. (Courtesy of U.S. Navy Seabee Museum)
The 7th NCB arrived at the Naval Advance Base Depot Receiving Barracks at Port Hueneme, California. This was the first Seabee battalion to occupy and stage through the Port Hueneme Depot. While at the receiving barracks, it underwent advanced military and construction training, and was outfitted for overseas duty.
The 1st NCB was inactivated.
The 47th NCB was inactivated at Noumea, New Caledonia.
Seabee Team 0603 returned to Davisville, Rhode Island.
NMCB 7 turned Camp Shields, Chu Lai, RVN over to the U.S. Army, thus closing the oldest Seabee camp in Vietnam. Cmdr. P. Oliver, Jr., CEC, commanding officer of NMCB 7, and the last of the battalion's main body, departed Vietnam and arrived at Davisville, Rhode Island on this date.
In a ceremony at the 21st NCR, Lt. Cmdr. D.L. McCorvey, CEC, relieved Cmdr. P. Oliver, Jr., CEC,as commanding officer of NMCB 71.Oliver then relieved Cmdr. C.V.W. Popowich, CEC, as commanding officer of NMCB 1.It wasthe first time in Naval Construction Force (NCF) history that a double battalion change of command ceremony was conducted.
An improvised explosive device killed NMCB 18's Navy Culinary Specialist 1st Class Regina Renee Clark of Centralia, Washington, when it detonated near her convoy vehicle in Fallujah, Iraq. Clark became the first female Seabee ever killed in action, and arguably the first female enlisted woman in the Navy ever killed in action. Two other women were killed in the vehicle with Clark from the explosion.
The 6th NCB was commissioned at Camp Bradford, Norfolk, Virginia.
The 99th NCB was activated at NCTC Camp Peary, Magruder, Virginia.
Seabee Team 0603 arrived in Davisville, Rhode Island from Vietnam for reassignment to NMCB 6.
Cmdr. James Brown, CEC,relieved Cmdr. Jorge Cuadros, CEC,as commanding officer of NMCB 11 during the battalions change of command ceremony
at Gulfport, Mississippi.
ACORN 18 was dissolved. (Used during World War II, an ACORN was a tailored unit designed to carry out the rapid construction and subsequent operation of a landplane and seaplane advance base. Each ACORN had a construction battalion attached to it, as well as trained personnel to operate the control tower, field lighting, aero logical unit, transportation, medical, berthing, and messing facilities. A Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) also accompanied each ACORN to maintain the base after the initial construction was completed and the construction battalion had been withdrawn. During the war, ACORNs were sent to such places at Guadalcanal, Espiritu Santo, Green Island, Rendova, Treasury Island, and Majuro.)
Seabee Team 13304 landed at Moen Island in the Truk District of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (TTPI). This was the first Seabee Team to be deployed to the TTPI. While on Moen, Seabee Team 13304 improved roads and water storage facilities. Members of the team also supervised the construction of two dispensaries on Tol Island and provided medical services to the residents of other islands in the TTPI.
Cmdr. Chris Kurgan, CEC, relieved Cmdr. Paul Odenthal, CEC, asNMCB 133 commanderat a ceremony at NCBC Gulfport, Mississippi.
ACORN 55 commissioned at Argus Assembly and Training Detachment (AATD) Port Hueneme, California. (Used during World War II, an ACORN was a tailored unit designed to carry out the rapid construction and subsequent operation of a landplane and seaplane advance base. Each ACORN had a construction battalion attached to it, as well as trained personnel to operate the control tower, field lighting, aerological unit, transportation, medical, berthing, and messing facilities. A Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) also accompanied each ACORN to maintain the base after the initial construction was completed and the construction battalion had been withdrawn. During the war, ACORNs were sent to such places at Guadalcanal, Espiritu Santo, Green Island, Rendova, Treasury Island, and Majuro.)
A 280-foot hill at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay (GTMO), Cuba was dedicated and named Denich Hill in honor of George J. Denich, Jr., a 21-year old Seabee who was fatally injured in an accident while constructing fortified defensive positions on the hill,April 10, 1963. Denich, an Equipment Operator (Construction Equipment) 3rd Class in the U.S. Naval Reserve, served at GTMO withMobile Construction Battalion (MCB) 7 during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. He died in an accident while operating a mobile crane on the hill which now bears his name. During the dedication ceremony, his father, George J. Denich, Sr., unveiled a memorial plaque, which reads: Denich Hill . . . Dedicated to the memory of George J. Denich, Jr., who gave his life in the service of his country on 10 April 1963 while engaged in the construction of fortifications to protect his fellow Americans.
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This GTMO monument plaque is dedicated to EON3 Denich and is located at the base of the hill where he was killed. It is at the end of Kittery Beach Road just before the Joint Task Force "Honor Bound" sign. (Photo by Army 1st Sgt. Michael Shimer, Joint Task Force-GTMO.)
Seabee Team 0809 departed for Port Hueneme, California for training and eventual deployment to the Republic of Vietnam (RVN).
Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 71 relieved NMCB 40 at Camp Shields, Chu Lai, RVN.
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Senior Chief Builder James Brooks, attached to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 7, carefully placed mortar on a concrete block on a house being built in support of Pacific Partnership 2007 in Ligao, Philippines. More than 50 Sailors contributed to the project with an aim to complete 35 new houses. A detachment of Seabees from NMCB-7 was attached to amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) to assist the Philippine government in selected construction and engineering projects. (Courtesy of U.S. Navy Seabee Museum)
The Naval Construction Training Center (NCTC) Camp Endicott was established at Davisville, Rhode Island. It was named in honor of Rear Adm. Mordecai T. Endicott
, the first Civil Engineer Corps (CEC)officer to be appointed Chief of the Bureau of Yards and Docks. It was necessary to transfer personnel from the Naval Construction Training Center at Norfolk, Virginia to operate the station. Therefore, it wasn't untilAugust 12, 1942 before the first battalion started training at the camp. The capacity of the camp provided for ten battalions in training, totaling approximately 350 officers and 15,000 men. This capacity was reached early in November 1942. Both primary and advanced training were given at Camp Endicott.
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Portable Machine shop at NCTC Camp Endicott, Davisville, RI, 27 June 1944. (Courtesy of U.S. Navy Seabee Museum)
Two members of NMCB 1, Teleman Albert H. Matthews, and Builder 2nd ClassRobert A. Wurst, were returning to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay from Guantanamo City, Cuba, when the report of a gun brought to a halt the civilian bus in which they were riding. Stopped by a jeep full of Fidel Castros soldiers, the bus driver, with his passengers including the two Seabees, was ordered to head up into the hills. When the bus could no longer make the steep mountain grades, its occupants were ordered to abandon it and proceed on foot. After walking most of the night they reached a small encampment. There they were given fruit and coffee. They were then loaded aboard a truck and carried deeper into the hills to another camp. Here the prisoners were not harmed, although living conditions were far from comfortable and consisted of eating mainly beans and rice. The release of the prisoners was subsequently obtained through negotiations with the rebel soldiers, and the two Seabees were picked up by a Navy helicopter and flown out of the hills.
NMCB 9 on the USNS Blatchford
, arrived Da Nang Harbor, RVN. The battalion departed Port Hueneme June 3, 1965.
Two officers and 24 enlisted men from Seabee Teams 0101 and 0102 deployed via one C-130 aircraft from Davisville, Rhode Islandto Saigon, RVN.
NMCB 1 advance party arrived in Camp Campbell, Phu Bai, RVN.
Seabee Teams 7104 and 7105 departed Davisville, Rhode Island for reassignment to Officer in Charge (OIC) Naval Construction Battalions, U.S. Pacific Fleet Detachment (CBPACDET), RVN and deployment to Soc Trang and Go Cong, RVN, respectively.
Cmdr. Steve Hamer, Civil Engineer Corps (CEC),relieved Cmdr. John Korka, CEC,as commanding officer ofNMCB 4at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, California.
Cmdr. Stanley Wiles, CEC, assumed command of NMCB 1 from Cmdr. Dean Tufts as commander at Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC), Gulfport, Mississippi.
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Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 23, based in Fort Belvoir, VA, watched the ribbon-cutting ceremony for a school they built in Morales, Honduras, with some of the students who would soon be attending classes there. The Fort Belvoir-based Seabees also completed a clinic in the town as part of U.S. Army South's Beyond the Horizon 2012 exercise. (Courtesy of U.S. Navy Seabee Museum)
NMCB 7s advance party, consisting of eight officers and 108 enlisted men, arrived at the Dong Ha Combat Base, RVN, to perform the Battalion Equipment Evaluation Program (BEEP) and effect a smooth turnover of Camp Barnes from NMCB 5.
Main body of NMCB 40 begins arriving at Davisville, Rhode Island from Chu Lai, RVN.
Seabee Teams 0103 and 0104 arrived in RVN.
NMCB 9s main body, consisting of 19 officers and 657 enlisted men, begins return to Naval Air Station Point Mugu, California, on two 707s, two Super DC-8s, and one C-141 cargo flight from Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa, Japan.
Joint Army, Navy and Marine engineers finished construction of a 762-foot floating steel bridge in Zubaydiyah, Iraq. Seabees from NMCB 7, NMCB 133, Naval Construction Support Team 2 from Port Hueneme, ACB 1, and ACB 2 worked with their Army and Marine partners to construct and emplace the bridge.
Capt. Darius Banaji,CEC, relieved Capt. Bill Finn, CEC as commanding officer,NCTC, atNCBC Gulfport, Mississippi.
Cmdr. Pete Maculan, CEC, relieved Cmdr. Scot Sanders, CEC, as commanding officer,NMCB 5 at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, California.
The Seabees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 marked a transition in the battalions history with a change of command
ceremony aboard Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport, June 28, 2013. During the ceremony, Cmdr. Nick Yamodis, CEC,relinquished command to Cmdr. Jeff Powell, CEC.
Cmdr. Lance Flood, CEC, relieved Cmdr. Kemit Spears, CEC, as commanding officer of NMCB 1 during a change of command
ceremony aboard NCBC, Gulfport, Mississippi, June 28.
Congress passed a law restricting the office of Chief of the Bureau of Yards and Docks to officers of the CEC.
The 9th Naval Construction Battalion (NCB) wasestablished at NCTC Norfolk, Virginia.
Rear Adm.Richard Cellon, CEC, relieved Rear Adm. Robert Phillips, CEC, as commander, 1st Naval Construction Division, Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Norfolk, Virginia.