SEABEE MEMORIES

 

This photograph shows yours truly with the original Seabee sign, in 1957, at the US Naval Construction Battalion Center (CBC), Davisville, RI. That base, like NAS Port Lyautey has been decommissioned. The sign read, "Home Of Atlantic Seabees".

(Thank you to Jerry Zimmerman for his re-editing)

ON THE LEFT, The Davisville (CBC) Seabee sign was modified in the 1960's to include the Official Insignia's of the Mobile Construction Battalions home ported at Davisville. ON THE RIGHT, The former Construction Battalion Center is now part of a Rhode Island Industrial Park and Port. A few acres however were given to the Davisville Seabee Island X-1 (Navy Seabee Veterans of America) who in turn created a Seabee Memorial Park. Shown in the photograph is a sign commemorating the Park and the original (refurbished) "Bee" that was located at the entrance to the CBC.

Photograph of the Seabee Memorial in the Exeter, RI Veteran's Cemetery. All of the military services have a Memorial in the cemetery. This Memorial was conceived and the funding for construction raised, by the Davisville Seabee Island X-1 (Navy Seabee Veterans of America). Also honored on the Seabee Memorial, with their respective insignia's on either side of the "Can Do", are our shipmates who served with and at the same locations as the Seabees, the Civil Engineer Corps and the United States Marine Corps. God bless them all and keep them in His Eternal Cruise.

The Seabee Base camp at Port Lyautey, Morocco. Known in the early 1950's as "Confusion Hill".

(Thank you to Jerry Zimmerman for his re-editing and removal of the reddish tinge from the original ektachrome slide)

MCB #4, Christmas Scene - Confusion Hill - 1951 or 1952, Port Lyautey, Morocco. For more photographs of Confusion Hill, please go to the Newsletter and click on the "Photographs (1951 - 1953) from the Clifton Speed Collection"

Above photograph courtesy of Clifton Speed, DM3, assigned to CBD 1521, Port Lyautey (Thank you to Jerry Zimmerman for his re-editing and removal of the reddish tinge from the original ektachrome slide)

Yours truly with MCB #4 at combat training at Camp Geiger, NC prior to the Battalion's deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Photograph above taken of yours truly on the way to sweep the ECM-2 tarmac area at NAS Port Lyautey. Photograph taken by John Skoglund, SV3.

Thank you to Jerry Zimmerman for his re-editing of both of the above photographs)

The Seabee Base camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The Red Dog Inn at the Seabee Base in Guantanamo Bay. The Red Dog was the favorite watering hole of every Seabee who ever went to Gitmo as a crewman in a Mobile Construction Battalion.

And a special salute to the Seabees of Port Lyautey and Mobile Construction Battalion 4 (MCB #4). It was a privilege and honor to serve with all of you.

Our thanks to Jim Harris, a retired Air Force E8 who contributed the Kenitra Public Works Seabee patch.

And a remembrance to the other Davisville Seabees of the Atlantic Fleet in the 1950's

Mobile Construction Battalion #1

Mobile Construction Battalion #6

Mobile Construction Battalion #7

Mobile Construction Battalion #8

REMEMBRANCE OF A CHIEF PETTY OFFICER

For Seabees who served at Port Lyautey between 1956 - 1961, or who served on the "Ice" in Operation Deep-freeze in Antartica, other Seabee Commands, in the Silent Service (Submarines) after World War 2 or who were prisoners of war in the pacific theater during World War 2, many will affectionately remember "Sleepy" Clevinger.

I served under Sleepy at Port Lyautey between 1957 - 1959 when he was the leading Chief for the Seabee detachment. Some time ago, his son responded with an e-mail to me.

HI MR. DEMAS,

I WAS GLAD TO GET YOUR RESPONSE. I DID IN FACT SEE THE MOTOR POOL GARAGE PICTURE ON THE WEB SITE. IN REGARD TO MY FATHER'S DUTY AFTER NORTH AFRICA, SHORTLY AFTER I WAS BORN THEY MOVED BACK TO THE USA AND FOR APPROX. 1 YEAR WENT TO CARLINVILLE , IL FOR RECRUITING DUTY AND AFTER THAT WE MOVED TO OCALA, FLORIDA WERE HE DID THREE MORE YEARS RETIRING IN 1963.

WE STAYED HERE IN OCALA WHERE MY DAD STARTED WITH THE POST OFFICE AND WORKED FOR 26 MORE YEARS. HE PASSED AWAY IN 1998 FROM CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE DUE TO A BERIBERI CARDIOMYOPATHY FROM HIS NUTRITIONAL DEFICITS WHILE HE WAS A POW.

MY PARENTS ALWAYS SAID THAT KENITRA WAS ONE OF THEIR FAVORITE DUTY STATIONS DURING THEIR TIME IN THE MILITARY. IT WAS ALSO ODD THAT DR JOHNSON WHO WAS THE NAVY DOCTOR WHO DELIVERED ME IN MOROCCO RETIRED HERE IN OUR TOWN SOME 20 YEARS LATER. I AM A FAMILY PHYSICIAN IN OCALA FOR THE LAST 17 YEARS. I WOULD LOVE TO SPEAK WITH YOU SOME TIME ABOUT MY FATHER AND MOROCCO.

THANKS FOR RESPONDING
SID CLEVINGER

Click here to visit the Davisville Seabee Museum

Click here to visit the Port Huneme Seabee Museum

Click here for the complete roster of WW2 Naval Construction Battalions and smaller units

Seabees presently operate under the Naval Construction Forces Command. Please visit the Naval Construction Force website for further links to the 8 active duty Mobile Construction Battalions, 12 Reserve Mobile Construction Battalions and the ACB's, CBU's, CBMU's & UCT's.

Present day Seabees assigned to the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 74 crane crew hoist a Seabee statue onto its pedestal at the entrance of Camp Mitchell at Naval Station Rota, Spain, Aug. 2, 2011. The statue was taken down and repainted by members of NMCB-74's Junior Enlisted Leadership Organization, which volunteered their off-duty time for the renovations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Lindsey/Released)