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Seabee Museum & Memorial Park
BUILDING FUND NEWS
R.I. TO HONOR WW-II VETERANS
August 14, 2010, is the 65th anniversary o the end of WW-II. Rhode Island will honor veterans the war, living and dead at a tribute that day at Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet, in Cranston, RI. The event will include a raffle, a parade of Rhode Island historic militia, a memorial ceremony for those who died in the war, commemorative Victory Medals presented to all World War II veterans and a short film by Tim Gray, "Personal Recollections of Rhode Island Vets' World War II Service." Entertainment will include the Navy Northeast Band and a USO show featuring the Liberty Belles as part of the luncheon program from 1 to 4 PM.
World War II veterans who make a reservation will be admitted free to the tribute. They are encouraged to wear their original service uniforms or the regalia of their veterans' organizations. Admission for all others is $20. Reservations must be made by Aug. 1, ONLINE or by calling Lt. Col. Dennis Morgan at (401) 724-3913.
Photo: AP / C.P. GORRY
Officer Promoted at the Museum
Chris Hodrick (center in the photo) a CEC Officer station at the Naval Station Newport, was promoted to Commander at a ceremony at the Seabee Museum and Memorial Park in North Kingstown on July 2, 2010. Commander Gregor Bo, Naval Station's Public Works Officer, conducted the ceremony. Among the guests were Captain Joseph Vorboril, the Commanding Officer of Naval Station Newport, Commander Julie O'Neal, Executive Officer of Officer Training Command, Newport, and Commander Ryan Tibbetts, Chief Staff Officer, SEVENTH Naval Construction Regiment.
Commander Hodrick has managing the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of Navy facilities around the world. has served as the Company Commander of Seabee Battalion THREE. During the ceremony Hodrick said, "Having served with the US Navy Seabees for much of my career, I felt it was only appropriate that this promotion take place at the original home of the Seabees."
Naval Station Newport Fireworks and Concert
If you are in the area, on August 30 Naval Station Newport will present their annual "Salute to Summer" Concert and Fireworks extravaganza. It kicks off at 5 PM with the 10 piece funk, soul and R&B dance band "Wayz and Means" performing dance music from the 70's up to the hits of today. Navy Band Northeast will take the stage around 7:15 PM. The fireworks show, one of the largest in the area, is expected to begin shortly after 9 PM
The event is free and the public is invited as guests of the Commanding Officer. Bring lawn chairs and blankets but no coolers, food, drinks or pets. (Vendors will be selling food and drink on site.) Entrance will be through Gate One beginning at 5 PM. The Naval War College Museum will be open with extended hours.
Heard this Version of the Song of the Seabees?
Virtually every Seabee who ever served has heard the "Song of the Seabees." That rousing song was composed in 1942, soon after the Seabees were founded at Davisville, Rhode Island, to encourage enlistment during WW-II.
It is often sung to a musical version performed the US Navy Band. Thanks to our friends at the MCB 12 Association we have learned that during the war the legendary Judy Garland sang the song along with the Bing Crosby Orchestra on the May 17, 1944 "Mail Call" radio program.
In case you are too young to remember, "Mail Call" was a weekly recorded music and comedy radio show broadcast overseas to the American troops during WW-II. Service members could request stars that they wanted to hear on the show.
A recording of this program has been posted on YouTube. To hear it, click HERE
Rhode Island Recognizes the Seabee Museum
The State of Rhode Island posts directional signs to major attraction on key highways. For several years there was been a sign on Route 4, a major highway to the southern part of the state that directed motorists to the Quonset Air Museum (the air museum is also on the former Quonset Point base and like the Seabee Museum and Memorial Park, it is operated by volunteers).
Recently the state changed the sign. It now directs motorists to the air museum AND to the Seabee Museum and Memorial Park. The next time you visit, this will make it easier to find us.
Photo: Ed Pelrine
Just in time for Summer Fun
Here is the newest item in our Small Stores ... a Seabee beverage holder.
Don't confuse this with the foam rubber beverage holders. This is a sturdy two piece plastic holder that will keep your beverage cool no matter what the weather. White with a Navy blue and gold design. Just $3.
We are constantly adding items to our store inventory. Click to see the full range of merchandise we offer. And remember, your purchase helps to support "the original home of the Seabees."
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