11 August 1942 Posted on August 11, 2012 1942…Camp Endicott was formally commissioned. Camp Endicott was the birthplace of the Quonset Hut which has been considered by some to be the most universal structure in the world. Camp Endicott was eventually renamed U.S. Naval Construction Battalion Center, Davisville, Rhode Island. Next to NAS Quonset Point was Camp Endicott at Davisville, home of the Naval Construction Battalions known as the Seabees. Quonset Point also gave its name to the Quonset hut, a standardized temporary structure used by the U.S. military starting in World War II. Former US President Richard M. Nixon went through basic naval officer training at Quonset Point in 1942. NOTE: Nearby Quonset Point Naval Air Station had a lot to do with the recovery missions of the early astronauts that splashed down in the Atlantic...During this period of time I was on instructor duty at the NAVAL CONSTRUCTION TRAINING UNIT/D/VILLE. I lived in nearby North Kingston, RI and managed the 6 apartments there...There were crew members of the USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN living in one of the apartments...JW USS Lake Champlain (CV/CVA/CVS-39) was one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers completed during or shortly after World War II for the United States Navy. She was the second US Navy ship to bear the name, and was named for the Battle of Lake Champlain in the War of 1812. Commissioned in mid-1945, Lake Champlain did not participate in World War II, but did serve as a transport, bringing troops home from Europe as part of Operation Magic Carpet. Like many of her sister ships, she was decommissioned shortly after the end of the war, but was modernized and recommissioned in the early 1950s, and redesignated as an attack carrier (CVA). She participated in the Korean War but spent the rest of her career in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Mediterranean. In the late 1950s, she was redesignated as an antisubmarine carrier (CVS). She was the prime recovery ship for the first manned Mercury and for the third manned Gemini (Gemini V) space missions.