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    [QUOTE=Chamilton;95088]Here we go again. I am going to attempt posting these pics... hope it
    works.

    Good deal, you got it! I see your Grandpa was a Lieutenant. Good pics. In the Air Force 2 bars were a Captain. He looks in his 50's. Do you know how old he was back then?

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    Hello,
    Sorry for the delay in reply.

    Yes, Grandpa was eventually a Lt. Commander. He was 44 in this picture.
    He went in at 43 yrs old.... pretty old by todays standards, but the Seabees
    took men with the needed experience and he had lots of that.

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    40th Seabees at Los Negros

    In March 1944, on Los Negros island in the Admiralties, just north of eastern New Guinea, the 40th Seabee Battalion was assigned to the 1st Calvary Division of the Army. Its objective was to put the unused and much bombed Japanese airstrip at Momote into operation. The army captured the airfield, all right, but while the Seabees were at work on it, the Japanese counterattacked in greater force than anyone suspected was present. Two Seabee officers and 100 men took over a sector of the perimeter and occupied a trench that they dug with the battalion's ditch digger. They armed themselves with automatic rifles and knives, and set up a truck mounted 20 mm gun behind them. Meanwhile other Seabees landed and started to grade and clear the runways and taxiways in the midst of battle. Others drove bulldozers into the jungle to clear fire lanes for Army guns, using the blades now to clear a lane and again raised as a shield, behind which they fired at the enemy. In the Japanese assault, the Seabees distinguished themselves by capturing two machine gun positions and a Bofors gun. They took 47 casualties, with nine killed. General Macarthur awarded them the Army's Distinguished Unit Badge, and President Roosevelt gave them the Presidential Unit Citation

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    That was a good account. Shows that the Seabees could really fight if they had too. My Dad was never fired upon, but he said that when he went for walks away from base, he always carried a .30 carbine - just in case he ran into some Jap holdovers who had escaped into the bush.

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    I have the official 'thumbnail history' of the Seabee units in WWII. This is called, "SEABEES Where they worked and fought in World War II - An official brief of the itinerary of all the organized U. S. Naval Construction Battalions and special units". This file is 67 pages long in Adobe PDF format. It is a re-typing of a similar document dated October 1945.

    Regarding unit CBD 1059 here is the history >> "CBD 1059 was formed at Camp Peary and arrived at Port Hueneme in April 1944. The unit shipped overseas Oct. 11, 1944 and landed at Guam on Nov. 8. The outfit's principal work at Guam was to operate a large tire repair and recapping shop. In September 1945, the detachment remained at Guam."

    If interested send request to >> larrydev@earthlink.net

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    I am looking for information on CBMU 554 and 574 on Johnston Island. My father was a MM2 attached to those batallions. Other than him talking about the gooney birds and how small the rock was he did not talk about much more. His records do not give a lot of information as to where all he was between 43 to 45 other than being assigned to 554 and 574. Anyone out there have any info on the Johnston Island Seabees?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FREDERICK MULLIS View Post
    I am looking for information on CBMU 554 and 574 on Johnston Island. My father was a MM2 attached to those batallions. Other than him talking about the gooney birds and how small the rock was he did not talk about much more. His records do not give a lot of information as to where all he was between 43 to 45 other than being assigned to 554 and 574. Anyone out there have any info on the Johnston Island Seabees?
    Do you have any pics of your Dad from back then? Feel free to put some up here. We would appreciate seeing them.

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    Here are a few of nmy Father at home '43 then at Port Hueme '44 or how ever its spelled Thats CBMU 574 platoon 4 and then on Johnston Island latter '44

    The Port Hueme picture had the names and home towns for most of the group.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FREDERICK MULLIS View Post
    Here are a few of nmy Father at home '43 then at Port Hueme '44 or how ever its spelled Thats CBMU 574 platoon 4 and then on Johnston Island latter '44

    The Port Hueme picture had the names and home towns for most of the group.
    Good pics. I always liked the pork pie cap from back then. Here are a few pics from me. Dad at the Seabee Memorial in D.C., age 81. Some of Dad's decorations that I put together. And lastly, Dad on some far away island. (age 21)
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    Seebees were the coolest. Growing up in a Navy neighborhood we all use to pretend we were Seebees when playing 'war'.

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    Default Re: Anyone know any WW2 Seabees?

    I'm looking for any pictures of my dad or anyone that knew him His name was John William Bicknell. Thank-you

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    Default Re: Anyone know any WW2 Seabees?

    My dad was in 42-44, and was with cb unit 552, stationed in johnston island

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    Was over at the Naval Historical Center today and saw this:

    "US Navy Construction Battalions (Seabees) In France
    and Germany During World War Two"

    Here's the link:

    http://www.history.navy.mil/library/...germanyww2.htm

    Slow server today however.....
    Like history? Me too!
    Updated often with cool vintage and history stuff: http://history.writingwithtony.com/

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    Smile Re: Anyone know any WW2 Seabees?

    My dad is 83yrs & was a Sea Bee. He served in the south pacific . I will ask him for the specifics. He has many photos I can scan & share that create a portrait of his 3yrs of service. If anyone is interested in these posts or furhter information let me know.

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    Default Re: Anyone know any WW2 Seabees?

    Quote Originally Posted by redzone View Post
    My dad is 83yrs & was a Sea Bee. He served in the south pacific . I will ask him for the specifics. He has many photos I can scan & share that create a portrait of his 3yrs of service. If anyone is interested in these posts or furhter information let me know.
    Go right ahead, should be really interesting.
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