SEABEES OF THE NAVY.....

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  1. rooter

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    Face Lift for the Huts


    Developed on the Davisville Base in 1942, Quonset huts went to war with the Seabees. For the past decade the Museum has assembled a collection of huts to show the evolution of the design. Today we have what is probably the world's premiere collection of vintage huts.

    This fall three of the huts were repainted ... camouflage! This attention getting color scheme was chosen to reflect the military heritage of the Museum and to generate public interest in the Museum. Pro Paint Plus of North Kingstown, RI, cleaned the huts, neutralized any rust, and then primed and painted three huts. A typical WW-II color pattern was selected. The owner of the company, Thomas Marsocci, Jr., is the son of a Davisville Seabee and has long been a supporter of the Museum.

    Three "windows" in the hut closest to the entrance now feature WW-II Seabees. These images, from the Museum's photographic collection, were blown up and printed on aluminum sheets by Sign*A*Rama of North Kingston. The company generously donated the work.

    The huts have been getting a lot of attention from people driving by. One local newspaper is planning a story on the new look.

    To read more about Quonset huts and the Seabees, go to: QUONSET HUTS AND DAVISVILLE









    Wreaths Across America to again visit the Seabee Museum and Memorial Park


    In 2007 "The Wreaths Across America Parade" visited the Museum. The parade, said to be the longest in the country, will return for the second year at approximately Noon on December 9, 2008. If you are in the area, please stop by.



    In 1992, Morrill Worcester, President of the Worcester Wreath Company, donated a truckload of wreaths to be placed on graves at Arlington. That year he personally drove the truck and placed the wreaths. From that small start, a great tradition has grown. In 2008 more than 100,000 wreaths will be placed at 350 military cemeteries around the world at Noon on Saturday, December 13, 2008. The majority will go to Arlington National Cemetery as the culmination of a gigantic 5-day parade of honor that will start in Harrington, Maine.

    Wreaths Across America seeks to bring children and Veterans together as the ideal way of expressing appreciation for the past, present, and future sacrifices our Veterans and their families make for this country. To learn more about Wreaths Across America and how you can get involved, visit their WEB SITE










    Seabees Remember a Most Honored Veteran


    Marvin Glenn Shields (December 30, 1939 - June 10, 1965) was the first, and remains the only, Seabee to receive the Medal of Honor. He was also the first United States Navy sailor to receive the Medal of Honor for action in Vietnam.

    On November 14, more than 100 Sailors, Veterans and family members gathered in Port Townsend, Washington, for the annual memorial service to honor Shields. "The memorial ceremony is how we show our gratitude to fallen soldiers, especially because we are still in time of war," said EO2 Dustin Beach of CBMU 303. "This brings us together with local veterans and builds camaraderie amongst the Seabee community."

    "Each year I attend this ceremony I am overwhelmed," said Joan Bennett, Shields' wife (shown in photo with her daughter Barbara Shields Rote). "I am eternally grateful for all the Seabees who continue to support our community. In Marvin's memory it is my responsibility to express my gratitude to the Navy."

    Our thanks to MCB-11 Association. For more about Shields, go to the Vietnam section of our web site's History page.











    Remember the Seabee Museum and Memorial Park this Holiday Season


    In the last issue we discussed how the economic downturn was affecting the Seabee Museum and Memorial Park. That trend is continuing. Donation over the past month have been disappointing, despite the hard work of our many volunteers.

    We are confident that this great country will turn things around. Our concern is will it happen soon enough to make our dream of a new museum building a reality. We are nearing the halfway mark in the matching campaign. We only have a year to raise enough money to begin construction or we risk a loss of this major source of funding. If that should happen, it could delay this vital project for years.

    We know times are tough and budgets are being stretched, but please keep us in mind this holiday season. We really need your continued support. Any donation, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated. You can donate at the Museum's online store or by printing a donation form and mailing it back to us along with your donation.









    Do Your Holiday Shopping and Help the Seabee Museum and Memorial Park


    This holiday season, give a lasting gift. Our development plans include an area designed to compliment the "Fighting Seabee" where we will display Memorial Plaques. Already hundreds of former Seabees and their families have permanently recognized loved ones and fellow Seabees. The engraved plaques are available in two sizes, 2" x 4" and 4" x 4". Both sizes provide ample space for a dedication.

    You'll receive a color photograph of your plaque, suitable for including with a holiday card. Please order by December 10th for holiday delivery of your photo. Best of all, your gift will help finance the Seabee Museum and Memorial Park ... the original home of the Seabees.

    Click here to view and print our Order Form.

    BECOME PART OF HISTORY
    Commemorative Plaque Order Form
    Join the thousands of Seabees who served our Nation. Purchase a commemorative plaque to be placed
    on a wall surrounding the original Fighting Seabee in Davisville, RI and help finance the Museum and Park.
    Please check one of the following for the top line of the plaque: Please check one of the following sizes for the plaque:
    In Memory Of Proudly Served 2” x 4” Plaque ($75.00 Each – Heading plus 4 lines)
    Dedicated To 4” x 4” Plaque ($140.00 Each – Heading plus 9 lines)
    In Honor Of
    A Proud Seabee My name and address is:
    Other: (max. 18 spaces)___________________________ ________________________________________
    ________________________________________
    Please note the top line is already chosen: ________________________________________
    2 x 4 Plaques Only
    E-mail address: ___________________________
    Phone Number: ( )______ - ________
    Method of Payment: US FUNDS ONLY
    ( ) Visa ( ) MasterCard
    ( ) Discover ( ) Check or Money Order
    4 x 4 Plaques Only
    Credit Card Number:
    Credit Card Expiration Date: M M / Y Y
    Signature: ________________________________
    Make Checks Payable to:
    Seabee Museum and Memorial Park
    Please mail the completed form and payment to:
    Seabee Museum and Memorial Park
    21 Iafrate Way, North Kingstown, RI 02852
    Please continue to fill in your desired wording for the 2 x 4 plaque
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    Hello rooter -

    I like this post and would like to see pics concerning any details or where and when to find them. It will be first of 09, but we would like to donate some small amount we could muster to be used somehow.

    MY late uncles from the "Owens" family side , uncle Johny and Uncle J.V.\and Uncle Shorty , all served in II. All three at Coral sea and Midway.
    Has good fortune to work with old cheif who claimed to have helped
    pack up the last Dirigable in 1960 something, he had endless stories.

    I had a classified visit ( guess its not any longer ) early 80's at Navmag
    at Lui Lui Lae , right close to Pearl. Sure would like to go back.

    Anyway, just saw post and chimed in.
    Be sure and check my "Navy released Terrorist " post in general forum.

    BY your leave...
  3. SixTGunr

    SixTGunr New Member

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    I miss that ole Quonset Hut Chief ...

    Thanks for posting this ... I'm gonna see what else I can find on these.

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    Seabee news‏ [See Note Below]

    From: on behalf of Seabee Museum and Memorial Park (BuildingFund@seabeesmuseum.com)

    Seabee Museum & Memorial Park
    BUILDING FUND NEWS

    It appears there was a technical error with the January newsletter we sent today. Some of you may not have been able to directly access the Seabee Museum and Memorial Park Small Store or our Building Fund Donation Form

    We apologize for this error.

    Here are links to these as well as to our main web site:

    You use this link to reach Museum's online STORE

    You use this link to reach our Building Fund DONATION FORM

    Finally, here is a direct link to our web site: SEABEE MUSEUM

    © 2009 Seabee Museum and Memorial Park, The Original Home of the Seabees


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    Rhode Island Declares March 5th "Seabee Day"


    The year was 1942, the dark days of the beginning of World War Two. At the newly constructed Navy base in Davisville, Rhode Island, RADM Ben Moreell, CEC, founded the US Navy Seabees (shown right). That same year the famous Seabee "Fighting Bee" logo was created at Davisville by Rhode Islander Frank Iafrate. And we can't forget that the humble Quonset Hut that went to war with the Seabees was created at Davisville and named after the point of land on which the base stood .. Quonset Point. Over the past 67 years the Seabees have been "builders for peace' throughout the world.

    In recognition of that historic event, the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations has declared March 5, "Seabee Day." The fifth of March annually shall be set apart as a day to be known as 'Rhode Island Seabees Day.' According tot he Resolution, "The day shall be observed by the people of this state with appropriate ceremonies and activities that celebrate the many contributions of the Navy Seabees."

    This will help to preserve the heritage to present and future generations. To read the full Resolution,

    The staff of the Seabee Museum and Memorial park have worked closely with our local legislators and appreciate their help and support in getting this legislation enacted into law.












    Last fall we painted huts 1, 2 and 3 in a World War Two era camouflage pattern. The public reaction has been beyond our expectations. We plan to extend the painting to the remaining four huts.

    Up next ... hut 7. This serves as our machine shop and is on a rise behind the main display area. Our latest addition, it came to us painted a brilliant blue. As you approach the museum, from many areas it really stands out. We plan to paint this in our now famous camouflage pattern to make it blend into the woods behind our property.

    Once again. Pro-Pain Plus of North Kingstown will tackle the job. The owner, Thomas M is the son of a Davisville Seabee!

    We are working to secure grants or donations to allow us to paint the remaining four huts this year. Before we do that, the current plywood ends will be replaced with corrugated tin. We were able to secure enough tin to do the job when a 60 year old building on the former Quonset Point Naval Air Station was demolished at the end of the year.










    Gulf War Seabee Memorial Planned


    Plans are underway to erect a monument to honor the Seabees who have died in the Gulf Wars on the grounds of the Seabee Museum and Memorial Park. Pictures of these fallen men and women are on the Museum's web site. The monument will be a way to permanently honor their sacrifice at the Original Home of the US Navy Seabees.

    We are working with active and former Seabees to design and construct the monument this summer. In the coming weeks we will reach out to the active Battalions to involve them in this important project. Our target date for completion is July 31. Watch for more news in future issues.









    New Merchandise at the Small Store


    We are pleased to announce that new merchandise is arriving at the Small Store. In some cases we have been forced to raise prices slightly. However, some prices have come down.

    Take a look at our top-quality sweat shirts. We have a new supplier and have been able to drop the price from $36 to $26 ... and keep the same quality. Take a look, click HERE.

    Also, due to new pricing the cost of small to extra large sizes has remained the same or decrease, but we have been forced to add a modest surcharge to some 3X and 4X sizes.

    What would you like us to sell at the Seabee Museum and Memorial Park's Small Store? Let us know, simply email to: Small Store









    © 2009 Seabee Museum and Memorial Park, The Original Home of the Seabees




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    Senators: NMI monument should honor Seabees
    Tuesday, 17 March 2009 00:00 By Gemma Q. Casas - Variety News Staff



    THE Senate has adopted a resolution asking the U.S. Department of the Interior to build a memorial at American Memorial Park that honor the Seabees who helped re-build the islands after World War II.

    Sen. Maria T. Pangelinan, D-Saipan, said Naval Construction Battalions, more commonly known as the “Seabees,” restored local roads, built harbors, water system and other infrastructure.

    “The addition of electricity and running water may seem mundane to our people today, but in retrospect they truly marked a better way of life then previously experienced in our islands prior to the arrival of the Seabees. The running water and electric power grid that the Seabees put in place signaled Saipan’s belated entry into the 20th century,” said Pangelinan in Senate Resolution 16-31 that senators adopted during their session last week.

    The Seabees first came ashore in the Northern Marianas on June 15, 1944 with the U.S. Marine Corps.

    The Seabees of the Sixth Naval Construction Brigade along with the 302nd Pontoon Detachment commanded by Commodore Paul James Halloran of the Civil Engineer Corps USN, built the largest airport in the world of its time — Tinian’s B-29 airport, consisting of North Field and West Field.

    “The people of the commonwealth have not forgotten that it was the United States Seabees that led us toward modern day conveniences and provided the necessary infrastructure for our islands,” Pangelinan said.

    “In remembrance of the Seabees’ dedication to the islands of Saipan and Tinian, the people of the CNMI desire a monument to be built in their honor,” she added. “The lack of a memorial dedicated to the work of the United States Seabees constitutes a missing page in Saipan’s history.”

    A metal plaque from Japanese and American warplanes that the Seabees made on Saipan in 1944-45 is suggested to be integrated into the proposed memorial.
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    ALWAYS had a place in my heart for the Seabee ...:)

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