'The Pacific War for the Navy Construction Unit'

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Re: 'The Pacific War for the Navy Construction Unit'

Post by hisashi » 15 Oct 2008 15:20

cstunts wrote:Thank you Hisashi for your reply,



Could you provide the title of this work, so I can have a friend in Japan--who also does translations for me--look for it? I am very interested in this subject, even now.
「海軍施設系技術官の記録」海軍施設系技術官刊行委員会編(1972年)

2000 copies were issued in 1972 and is available in network secondhand bookstore and auction; usually they do not accept international cards but Japanese friend would deal with it. I should add I boutht one at 10,000 yen and I am feeling a little lucky.

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Re: 'The Pacific War for the Navy Construction Unit'

Post by Brady » 15 Oct 2008 19:17

Taki, Great picture:)

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Re: 'The Pacific War for the Navy Construction Unit'

Post by mikeoakley123 » 19 Sep 2019 10:57

Convinced that battle became coming, the U.S. Navy realized that preventing in theaters halfway around the arena would gift new challenges in logistics and might require a large infrastructure. Beginning in 1940 they started a program of building bases on a long way-flung Pacific island the usage of civilian contractors. When the US formally entered the conflict, the use of civilian hard work had to prevent. Under worldwide law civilians have been now not accepted to withstand enemy army attack. If they did they may be executed as guerrillas.

On December 28, 1941, Rear Admiral Ben Moreell, Chief of the Bureau of Yards and Docks (BUDOCKS), requested particular authority to activate, prepare, and guy a unique, very special enterprise that might support the Navy and Marines in far flung places and defend themselves if attacked — the Naval Construction Battalions. On January 5, 1942, he became given that authority and the unique Battalions were formed at a brand new Naval base in Davisville, Rhode Island.

The first naval creation unit to virtually install from the United States left Davisville, Rhode Island, much less than two weeks later on January 17, 1942. It was distinctive the First Construction Detachment. The 296 guys arrived at Bora Bora on February 17, 1942.

On March 5, all Construction Battalion personnel were officially named Seabees by means of the Navy Department. Admiral Moreell personally provided them with their motto Construmus Batumius, or We Build, We Fight. A logo, the Fighting Bee, become created by using a Rhode Islander at Davisville.

The Davisville Advanced Base depot became operational in June, 1942. Camp Thomas, a personnel receiving station on the base, become mounted in October of that yr. It sooner or later contained 500 Quonset huts for employees. On August eleven, 1942, the Naval Construction Training Center, known as Camp Endicott, turned into commissioned at Davisville. The Camp trained over one hundred,000 Seabees at some point of the Second World War.

The Navy built their Battalions with experienced, tremendously skilled craftsmen … electricians, carpenters, plumbers, equipment operators — clearly any production or constructing trade became welcome in the Seabees. Seabee gadgets have been quick engaged in construction and combat. By July 1942, the first Naval Construction Battalion landed on Midway Island to begin work on the new airstrip on Sand Island and to begin the huge easy up of damage caused by the Japanese bombing.

From the construction and defense of Henderson Field on Guadalcanal to the Normandy Invasion. Seabees participated in every most important amphibious assault in World War II. They quickly earned a recognition for fantastic creativity. If substances weren’t to be had, the Seabees used anything they may to get the activity finished.

More than 325,000 guys served with the Seabees in World War II, combating and constructing in extra than 400 places before the warfare's cease. They knew extra than 60 professional trades. In addition, nearly eight,000 Civil Engineer Corps officers served with the Seabees

With the overall demobilization following World War II, the "Bees" were all but disbanded. The Advanced Base Depot and naval Construction Training Center had been closed in December of 1945. There with handiest 3,three hundred men on active duty by June 1950. Renamed Mobile Construction Battalions (MCB's) that they had help responsibility in Cuba and in the course of the Pacific.

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Re: 'The Pacific War for the Navy Construction Unit'

Post by Brady » 23 Dec 2023 00:59

Never did get to the bottom of this, Did the Japanese used there own version of Marston matting?


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Something That I have alwyas wounderd about is this:

From the Book Imperial Japanese Naval Aviator 1937-45, describing a Japanese Fighter field in the S. Pacific:

p.52;" The airfield consisted of a single Narow runway about 800 meters long and no more than 30 to 40 meters wide running North to South from the jungle to the sea. A width about 10 meters wide down the center of the runway was paved with steal plates."

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Re: 'The Pacific War for the Navy Construction Unit'

Post by Akira Takizawa » 23 Dec 2023 02:43

IJN developed steel plate pavement. But, its use was limited because of the shortage of steel.

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Re: 'The Pacific War for the Navy Construction Unit'

Post by Brady » 26 Dec 2023 15:49

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Re: 'The Pacific War for the Navy Construction Unit'

Post by Akira Takizawa » 27 Dec 2023 04:33

Thank you for interesting photo. I have first seen the photo of Japanese steel plate pavement.

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