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C583
We Build, We Fight

Jeffrey Syken

We Build, We Fight the motto of the Fighting Seabees of WWII fame. With a mission similar to that of the U.S. Armys Corps of Engineers: aid the advance of friendly forces and impede the advance of unfriendly forces, the Seabees earned a reputation for their Can Do approach to difficult tasks under fire.

Unlike the Army Corps of Engineers whose history dates back to the founding of the republic, the Seabee Battalions (slang for CB an acronym for Construction Battalion) were formed in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Prior to that time, the Civil Engineer Corps of the U.S. Navy (USN) performed the ship repair, facility construction and maintenance etc. These civilian workers were unarmed, had no rights as prisoners of war (if captured) and were not entitled to compensation if wounded.

With many civilian workers killed and wounded at Pearl Harbor and a need for many men with construction experience for the war effort, the Seabees were formed under the USNs Bureau of Yards and Docks and directed by the Civil Engineer Corp. From Guadalcanal to D-Day, the Seabees were widely admired by the combat troops and commanders they served. Their mission continued in peacetime with aid and assistance provided during domestic emergencies such as was demonstrated by their heroic efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Camille in August 1969.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.


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