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I am researching the life of a favorite Uncle and I'm having a hard time getting any data on his time in the Navy -
The family legend says that prior to that he was a Civilian Sea Bee.
any help in locating good solid infomation would be much appreciated.
PM me his name and I'll do a quick genealogy search. I generally find what I'm looking for.
Recommend liase with the two folks:
Ms. Lara Godbille, Director
U.S. Navy Seabee Museum
99 23rd Ave.
Port Hueneme, CA 93043-4301
William C. Hilderbrand, CAPT, CEC, USN (Ret)
CEC/Seabee Historical Foundation
PO Box 657
Gulfport, MS 39502
My old daddy was a World War II SeaBee. SeaBees were navy personnel by definition. Though I have no doubt that civilian personnel did work with them, a civilian working with the SeaBees would not have been a SeaBee himself any more than a civilian employee of the Marine Corps would be a Marine.
At the start of World War II the navy used civilian contractors and quickly realized starting with the fall of Wake Island and the capture of it's civilian construction crew that this was a bad idea. This dilemma led to the founding of the SeaBees.
For an excellent and readable history of the SeaBees in World War II I strongly recomment William Bradfor Huie's "Can Do!" and "Omaha to Okinawa" which trace the founding of the SeaBees and their World War II history.
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