New Photo Gallery of Memorial Bricks at Port Hueneme Seabee Museum
October 26, 2012

Don't miss the new Photo Gallery saluting 112th NCB Shipmates in memorial bricks at the Port Hueneme Seabee Museum.

New Photo Gallery
September 26, 2012

Don't miss the new Photo Gallery saluting 112th NCB Shipmate MM1c Donald E. Julstrom. Many photos of Shipmates on duty on Tinian and Okinawa are Can-Do showcased in this gallery. Special Thank you to the Julstrom Family for sharing these photos.


Shovel Scoops
April 19, 2012

A new issue of Shovel Scoops, the 112th NCB newspaper, is now available in the 112th History section.

This issue was a rare find in excellent condition from October of 1944.


BIG MIKE - 30th and later 49th Seabee Regiments' BEE-29
Feb. 20, 2012

The serialnumber for BIG MIKE WAS 42-65257 and it was delivered from Martin Omaha in late 1944. The crew flew it to Tinian in December 1944 and it was subsequently adopted by the 30th and later 49th Seabee Regiments. BIG MIKE flew 30 plus missions flying Seabee Colors but not without usual mechanical problems encountered by everyone. She had a couple of ground aborts and air aborts but basically, she was reliable. BIG MIKE"had a personality" according to John Swoboda who flew on her as a replacement crew in May 1945 .. BIG MIKE took part in the February 10, 1945 raid on the Nakajima airplane factory at Ota for which 505th was honored with a Distinguished Unit Citation. The 505THreceived another Dist. Unit Citation for mining of Shimonoseki Straits in June, 1945. BIG MIKE flew 10 missions in June alone in the mining campaign. She also participated on incendiary raids against Tokyo in June. BIG MIKE took credit for 6 enemy aircraft kills , including 3 in the mission on 4/28/45to Kokubu Airfield on Kyushu . The plane was attacked by 25 to 30 enemy aircraft and shot down 3 that day ! The plane survived the war and was salvaged at Davis-Monahan in CA in 1954. As for SSGT William K. Morris who flew as radio operator on BIG MIKE from Tinian: he received The Dist. Flying Cross,2 DUC, Asiatic/Pacific campaign medal with 3 bronze stars, Army Good Conduct, WWII Victory Medal and the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters. Quite a record for BIG MIKE -- a BEE-29! Our Regards to the Morris Family for sharing the CAN DO story of BIG MIKE- one of our treasured BEE-29s of WWII.

Click here for an outstanding collection of Tinian B-29 Nose art including BIG MIKE. Photos courtesy of SSGT William K. Morris, 484th Squadron, 505th Bomb Group, 313th Bomb Wing - Radioman of BIG MIKE : BIG MIKE and Tinian B-29s Nose Art

Veteran's Day, Washington, DC
Nov. 11, 2009

Tropical storm Ida could not dampen the spirits of the faithful with its gusting winds and persistant rain squalls this Veteran's Day. About 50 Seabees and family members gathered at the Seabee monument at Arlington for services at 0900. David Buchanan, past commander of Navy Seabee Veterans of America emceed the event. Speeches were given by W.R. "Bear" Holland NSVA Commander and Rear Admiral Wayne G. Shear, "King Bee" of the Seabees. Three Wreaths were ceremoniously layed by The Vietnam Era Seabees, Seabee Veteran's of America and by Admiral Shear and Force Master Chief Michael E. Holdcraft. All in attendance shared the CAN -DO Spirit and the commitment to support our active and past Seabees. Oorah

Operation Seabee CARE Packages - 2008
November 11, 2008

Click here for Operation Seabee CARE Packages 2008 Info: CARE Packages 2008

Salute From EO2 Beaver, Vietnam Seabee
July 18, 2008

Today at a local Native American Festival I met EO2 Beaver who was one of the Mohawk Native Dancers. Beaver served in Vietnam circa 1963-1965 with the 21st NMCB and the 23rd NMCB. If you look close in the pic , you may see his fighting Bee hanging around his neck. Thats me on the right. He dances the "Warrior Dance" in true Seabee CAN-DO fashion. Native American dance is a prayer to the Great Spirit and I would bet that Beaver has his Seabee Shipmates, past and present in mind. Beaver sends his regards to all CB Shipmates and this to our present Seabees in Harms Way: "To all of you who are eating the same dirt in a different place as we did - KNOW THAT WE WHO CARE WERE THERE...All my BEST !"

30th Naval Construction Regiment
February 10, 2008

U.S. Navy Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 15 deployed to Camp Fallujah, Iraq took time out from executing convoy security missions to get together and send a message back to friends and family. The team provides safe and secure movement of material, equipment, tools and personnel throughout 58,000 square miles of Al Anbar Province.

New Photo Gallery
January 19, 2008

Don't miss the new Photo Gallery saluting 112th NCB Shipmate Orrigo Palmerini. Many photos of Shipmates on duty at Port Hueneme, Kaneohe, Oahu, and Tinian are Can-Do showcased in this gallery. Special Thank you to Orrigo for sharing these photos.

Operation Seabee CARE Packages - 2007
November 1, 2007

Click here for Operation Seabee CARE Packages Info: Operation Seabee CARE Packages

USMC and Seabee Wreath Laying- USS Wisconsin 10 Oct 2007, Norfolk, VA
October 25, 2007

Click here for Wreath Laying Photos- Courtesy USMC Public Affairs: Wreath Laying Photo Album

30th Naval Construction Regiment
October 19, 2007

Salute to the Shipmates of the 30th Naval Construction Regiment, II Marine Expeditionary Force

The 30th NCR Gold Team On Duty-Iraq: 30th NCR Official Website

2007- 112th Seabees Reunion
May 6, 2007

Now Hear This: Plans for the 2007 Reunion

All Shipmates, and Families of the 112th Seabees have been cordially invited to the 6th Marine Division Reunion, Tuesday 9 Oct. thru Sat 13 Oct 2007 in Norfolk, Va. This event is very well organized with many historical and entertaining events.

You will only be a stranger for a few seconds...Please feel welcome and join us in Norfolk.

Click here for Reunion Details: 2007 Reunion Posting

The 18th NMCB On Duty-Iraq: NMCB 18 Builds Better Conditions for Marines in Iraq

Pictured, Left to right: LCDR Wise (operations officer), Captain Black (dentist), LTJG Gilbert (intel officer), LT Laas (engineering officer) LtJg Patrick Hungerford 18th NMCB on duty in Iraq

Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings
December 8, 2006

Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings To all Shipmates, Family and Friends of the 112th Seabees

Salute to LtJg Patrick Hungerford and all the Shipmates of the 18th NMCB currently serving in Iraq

Two New Photo Galleries
March 30, 2006

Don't miss two new Photo Galleries saluting 112th NCB Shipmates Dr. Clarence S. Mast and Ralph P. Hall. WWII Seabee life in California, Kaneohe,Oahu, Tinian, and Okinawa are Can-Do showcased in these two galleries. Special thank you to The Mast and Hall families for sharing these photos.

My special Salute to Lt. Clarence S. Mast - My Father's Commanding Officer in the 112th Seabees Medical Unit

2006- 112th Seabees Reunion
February 9, 2006

Now Hear This: Plans for the 2006 Reunion have been finalized

All Shipmates, Family and Friends of the Seabees are Called to Muster, Sunday 20 August - Thursday 24 August, 2006 in Berlin, Ohio. This event is very well organized and family oriented.

You will only be a stranger for a few seconds...Please feel welcome and join us.

Click here for Reunion Details: 2006 Reunion Posting

Attention: Seabee Artist that painted 58th BW "Jack's Hack" at West Field Tinian 1945

"Jack's Hack" Navigator Lt. Col. Francis Doherty would like to make contact with you

This B-29 has been restored and your Nose Art is proudly displayed at the New England Air Museum

Contact with any leads to who painted this fine Nose Art


Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings
December 21, 2005

Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings To all Shipmates, Family and Friends of the 112th Seabees

Historical audio interview with Lt. Clarence Mast - 112th NCB ship's surgeon - WWII experiences of the 112th NCB from formation to the end of WWII (Donated by the Mast Family)

Click this link to listen: Lt. Mast, 112th NCB Historical Interview


Eastport Honors WWII Seabees
September 10, 2005

EASTPORT - With the help of the Seabee Veterans of America, the city took a "can-do" approach to replacing a long-removed plaque at Camp Lee-Stephenson Memorial Park, named for the first two Navy Seabee officers based in Eastport who lost their lives in World War II.

For the full story please see The Bangor Daily News

Many thanks to Mr and Mrs William Labbadia for the photograph.


Camp Lee-Stephenson Monument Dedicated
September 9, 2005

The Camp Lee-Stephenson Memorial was unveiled today in Quoddy Village, Maine on the 61st anniversary of the original dedication.

112th has several pictures of the ceremony, and the monuments, that we will try to have posted over the weekend.


Seabee Hurricane Recovery Force to Reach 3,000
September 2, 2005

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy Seabees are currently deploying additional personnel to the Gulf Coast to help with Hurricane Katrina recovery operations. Two active-duty Seabee battalions from Port Hueneme, Calif., Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) detachments from both coasts, and Reserve Seabee volunteers from various areas will join those already in Gulfport, Miss., for a total Seabee force of up to 3,000.

For the full story please see Navy Times:Seabee Hurricane Recovery Force to Reach 3,000


NMCB 23 Welcomed Home From Iraq
June 20, 2005

NMCB 23 was given a welcome home celebration on 11 June, 2005.

The 23rd returned to the States in early April, after building several sites in the Al Anbar region of Iraq. Among other projects, such as airfield repair, the 23rd built four polling stations which helped to allow the Iraqi people to vote.

For the full story please see Navy Times:Seabees Welcome Home NMCB 23

Welcome Home NMCB 23, and THANK YOU!


The Unknown BEE-29's of World War II
June 10, 2005

Courtesy SEABEE Magazine, Used with permission

Click this link to view: The Unknown BEE-29's of WWII


2005 - 112th Seabees Reunion
March 20, 2004

Who: Shipmates, Family and Friends of the 112th Seabees

Where: Wright Patterson AFB Dayton, Ohio

When: (Tentative Dates) Wed. 24 Aug. 2005   Until Sunday Morning, 28 Aug.  2005

Guest Speaker: Roger L. Sandstedt, B-29 Top Gunner and Author of "My B-29 Story"

What: Tours of the USAF Museum, Banquet, Memorial Service, Guest Speaker, Barbecue and More

Please see USAF Museum Website for more info about the United States Air Force Museum at Wright Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio.

For More Details See: Reunion Info



Seabee Chief Killed In Iraq
26 December, 2004

Chief Builder (SCW) Joel E. Baldwin, 37, was killed in the recent attack on a Mess Hall in Mosul Iraq, according to the


25 November 2004

All Tinian Veterans and Family Members are cordially invited to attend this historical event on Tinian, Northern Marianas.

If you are curious about our islands, please visit or for more info about our beautiful and historical island.

You may contact Mayor Borja's office for futher info by emailing Phillip Mendiola-Long


Seabee Killed in Iraq
13 September 2004

Steelworker 3rd Class Eric L. Knott, Grand Island, NE, was killed in Fallujah, Iraq as a result of enemy fire on the 4th of September.

Please see the General Discussion section on the Message Boards for more detailed information.


112th Cruisebook Available!
August 18, 2004

A complete version of the original 112th Cruisebook is now up for viewing. Just click on the 112th Cruisebook link to the left to have a look.

This book was graciously provided by a 112th Shipmate, and was scanned from his original copy. Enjoy!


Shovel Scoops
August 8, 2004

Two issues of Shovel Scoops, the 112th newspaper, are now available in the 112th History section.

The first issue is from June of 1944, the second is from January of 1945.


The M. Greenberg Images.
July 31, 2004

M.Greenberg's images are now posted in the Photo Gallery. Please have a look at them!

Also, there is a new site available in the Links section that show's a lot of postcards from Camp Peary. Scroll down to the last entry and click on that.


The Lewis E. Foster Photo Gallery
July 24, 2004

Another page has been added to the Lewis E. Foster photo gallery. Looks like the web guy screwed up and forgot to include some of the pictures he was sent!

-Mike P (the guilty web guy)


Links Page
July 22, 2004

The Links page is is now up and running. There are some very good sites listed on this page, so please have a look at it!


The Lewis E. Foster Photo Gallery
July 18, 2004

The Phm2/c Lewis E. Foster Collection has been updated with several new pages of images. Please have a look at them!

Also, the Vincent P. Labbadia Collection has had a few more images added as well.


Photo Gallery Update
July 17, 2004

The Vincent P. Labbadia Collection has been updated with many excellent new photos. If you have never seen a WWII "V" Mail, check out the new Phm2/c Lewis E. Foster collection. Leave us a note on the message board - we appreciate all comments and ideas.


112th NCB Reunion '04
July 13, 2004

Where: Hampton Inn Alcoa, Tennessee

When: Wed. 13 Oct. 2004  Through Sunday, 17 Oct.  2004

Banquet Guest Speaker: Roger L. Sandstedt, 468th BG, 58th BW, B-29 Top Gunner. Roger flew 25 missions against the Empire - many from West Field, Tinian, and received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart, the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with five bronze stars. He is also the author of "My B-29 Story" and presently is on the Board of Directors for the 58th Bomb Wing Association.

  Reunion Coordinator:
Mary Kerkoff 
361 Deep Woods Drive
(859) 442-0997


Web Site Info
July 12, 2004

I'm busting my butt here trying to get this thing finished, so if you guys find that something doesn't work yet, please hang tight. By the end of the week, I'll have things straightened out. Or in other words: CAN DO!


WWII Monument Dedication

Hi folks, attached are some pictures from the WWII Monument dedication in Washington this past Memorial Day weekend, as well as some other sites. This was a very interesting and historical event. Salute to all of you.

A strange coincidence occurred at the Seabee Monument. Two Seabees met there at random and both , Maurice Southmayd and Lewis Foster, are both 112th NCB Shipmates.

Please click the above image to see more pictures from this memorable day.

- E. Foster