US. NAVY SEABEEs during the Vietnam War: US. NAVY SEABEEs during the Vietnam War: Navy Seabee, PO.2 Miller: Mr. Miller here is a Petty Officer Second Class ( Equal to the grade of Sergeant in the Army ) here show's a different branch uniform of the US. Navy, the Sea-Bee's They only received a little training on the range, and but seem they were often in of near the front lines, and Vietnam was front lines... granted some place's quite hairier than others. The thing is-these guys were builders...houses, barracks, bunkers, bridges and docks, aircraft runways....mine fields....or they could tear them down. 206220911 Navy Seabee, PO.2 Miller: The navy has long had the need for builders, and people to build, fix, and maintain their naval bases and on going naval operations throughout the world where ever US. Forces have been deployed. 206220910 Navy Seabee, PO.2 Miller: The Seabees were deployed to Vietnam twice in the 1950's, building several Special Forces Camps and what not, then CB detachment's 501 and 502 were deployed to Vietnam in Jan 1963, these personnel are generally regarded as the first Seabees of the Vietnam conflict, but there was conflict from before WWII. 206220912 Navy Seabee, PO.2 Miller: The Seabees were made up of Men that had been accomplished in the building trades, digging, moving, building buildings, and runways, and deployed after forward areas had been secured, of course this rarely turned out to be the case. Often made up of older-tradesmen, these guys coming into existence, as a Navy Uniformed Service, They achieved magnificent achievements during the course of the Second World War. and they were not left out of the Korean War ether, and here, into the Vietnam Era. 206220913 Navy Seabee, PO.2 Miller: Millars Seabee insignia is embroyterd directly to the pocket, then the pocket resewn on this is a lot of work, and I don't know that this is issue, maybe, The Seabea's have their own issue, spin on Marine issue, the Seal and other brown water navy sailors were issued the same, green what I call Fatigues. 206220914 Navy Seabee, PO.2 Miller: Now I have seen time and again, the caisson blue-issue covers, in the shape of these, in use with the Nave, but I don't know the regulations here- I'm thinking they were assigned a 'Swift Boat' or working on the water- but the coast guard and in use other places is occasionally seen in pictures too. 206220915 Navy Seabee, PO.2 Miller: The cap is associated with the Marine Corps, but the are part of the Nave in fact, and the Navy does use their equipment in certain elements of the Navy. Like their forces that operate a shore, or mobile personnel. It is a bizarre look to these, and they do stand out, the idea I guess. they look like a cross between a Policeman's cap, and a crush-able-field cap. Some are kept up better than others. 206220916 Navy Seabee, PO.2 Miller: This sort of a water resistant, tropical material like rip-stop, There light, and if you don't put the plastic shape holder in it like here- it can be shoved into any pocket , say if you wanted to wear your helmet instead.....The cap had stayed with the Corp, and has been produced in the BDU cloth, various tans and brown camouflages, even digital -anti infra red patterns..I think till this day...its a Marine Thing-but some Sailors had them too.Petty Officer 2nd Class Miller wears the typical long sleeve 'fatigue' shirt (actully utility shirt), with a late type 'Cover' (Utility Cover) 206220917 Decorated Seabee. This Seabee, in a similar uniform has just been awarded a Purple Heart. in the Military -its a big deal to be able to sport a mustache, and if your allowed to have it it better be trimmed, Generally above say a E-5 in rank. but the Brown-water Navy and Coast Guard of the time, there was beards seen, like on WWII submarines. 206222295 PO-3 Ross, Brown Ware Navy's CB Det. Not typical kit but possibly, Maybe he ran a Bull Dozer off a landing craft! OK I'm reaching, but the cap was with the pile organized into Vietnam Era C-B's.....were giving that a go, lots of fellers seen in odd cap in Vietnam, I know everyone was says regulations were enforced...but you see the pictures. 206220851 PO-3 Ross, Brown Ware Navy's CB Det. Sea-bee's were deployed to Vietnam for the duration of the conflict, starting out in small numbers in June of 1954, and extending to November of 1972. By 1962, they had began building for the Special Forces Camps. 206220852 PO-3 Ross, Brown Ware Navy's CB Det. Seabees from the Naval Reserve provided individual personnel early on to augment regular units and two battalions, MCB-12 and MCB-22. The Seabees supported the Marines building a great number of aircraft-support facilities, decent roads, and many bridges; they also paved roads that providing access from farms to many open markets. 206220857 PO-3 Ross, Brown Ware Navy's CB Det. During the war, they were supplying fresh water to infinite numbers of Vietnamese people, by hundreds of Seabee who made wells, they also provided medical treatment for thousands of the villagers, building schools, hospitals, power utilities systems, with roads and other common facilities. Seabees worked with and taught construction skills to the Vietnamese people. I hope it was not all in vain. 206220856 PO-3 Ross, Brown Ware Navy's CB Det. The Seabees also work with with and train construction skills to the Locals, and "ARVN" South Vietnamese Naval and Army Troops. 206220858 Seebee's group shot. During WWII they served in both the Naval Combat Demolition Units (CDU), and the Underwater Demolition Teams (UDTs). The UDT is now pretty much thought of their affiliation the the Navy's SEAL Teams. And the two often getting the recognition, but they need a home base to work out of, the Sea-bee's built it. The Seabees were a very needed part of the Navy's Operation and in no small way. 206222296 PO-3 Ross, Brown Ware Navy's CB Det. Navy Sea-Bee, any brown water navy enlisted personnel could have worn this I suppose, possibly even U.S. Coast Guard of the period.I figure this would be the section of the collection, to use it in, and for me screams of the "unofficial" side of the Riverine Forces, in their unconventional use of naval personnel. 206220853 PO-3 Ross, Brown Ware Navy's CB Det. I have like 10 or fifteen CB jackets and shirts to put in this section, there waiting to be shot, guess I'll just soot them and sow a picture or two to cover them all here soon. There all similar but cover some amount of time I'm not even sure of. 206220854 PO-3 Ross, Brown Ware Navy's CB Det. These Beret's were pretty much a in country thing, Then Navy guys used Dark Blue, but other beret's were seen camouflaged, and Black like seen here. 206220855 4th Seabee Battalion: United States Naval Construction' nick-name Seabee coms from the initials (CB) for Construction Battion. Beginning in 1965, Seabee battalions (MCBs) and the Naval Construction Regiments (NCRs), as well as other unit types, soon deployed throughout Vietnam. 206220873 4th Seabee Battalion: Navy Seabee 4 battalion's 'home-port' is Port Hueneme, California. In December 1965, the Battalion flew to Chu Lai, Vietnam. This was to be the first of many important operations performed in Vietnam. 206220874 4th Seabee Battalion: Nicknamed the "Fabulous Four", it is one of the older active NMCBs. MCB-4 would conduct four tours during the Vietnam War. The first would see work at Chu Lai, They repaired some airfields that had been taken out by storms, they installed runway lighting systems so there could be night operations, they also built built a helicopter landing pad. 206220876 4th Seabee Battalion: Their A detachment was deployed to the Kham Duc Airfield near the Laotian border this could be an exiting place. Then August of 1966 the Battalion went to Port Hueneme where they got some leave and more updated training. 206220880 4th Seabee Battalion: There second deployment was to Da Nang, March of 1967. The Battalion worked over the Da Nang Air Base and also Con Thien. MCB 4 had sent a small detachment to Hill 158 at Con Thien, they were there to build a base for Special forces detachment A-110. The detail's actions on 8 May 1967 received a letter of Appreciation from Captain Craig Chamberlain,[9][10] commander of detachment A-110. Two of the Seabees were decorated for actions and had contributed significantly in repulsing of overwhelming Vietcong forces. 206220877 4th Seabee Battalion: . During its third deployment, the Battalion was tasked with essential construction projects along the coast and on Highway 1. At Quang Tri and Camp Evans, the battalion built facilities for Commander, Naval Forces Vietnam. when that was done approximately half the battalion redeployed to the Da Nang area while the other half went to the region of Phu Bai. Projects at Phu Bai included constructing aircraft revetments, laying 85,000 square feet (7,900 m2) of Marsden matting for the airstrip and the installation of 18 miles (29 km) of an eight-inch (203 mm) fuel line from Wunder Beach to Quang Tri combat base. 206220879 4th Seabee Battalion: After NMCB Four had returned to the United States, but thy did a fourth tour to Vietnam it was short, but a lot of work done, April to December 1969. The Battalion's insignia derived from the artwork on the its 1953 to 55 Battalion's Cruise Book. 206220878 4th Seabee Battalion: The old style-40's and 50's Cover, would be old stock issue, like the stuff the early Marines received, in the 1970's they would be up to date with the other services-but of coarse the were withdrawn from Vietnam. 206220883 4th Seabee Battalion: The SeaBee depicted here, wears the typical-long sleeve shirt started in the 50's,worn into the 60's(as here) and pretty much threw the 70's. he is a Chief Petty Officer (CPO) so is in a position of authority, and may be a old-salt, as he wears a 50's style cap. 206220875 The term "Seabee" (CB) canreffers to not 1 but really 3 different eliments of the Navy, first is all enlisted personnel assigned the Navy (MO) Military Occupation of 7 (OF-7), and the Personnel assigned to the Naval Construction Force (NCF), or Construction Battalions. 206222297 PO. 1st Class RVN. Petty Officer 1st Class Cafuir, wears the tropical, short sleeve fatigue shirt, common in the 60's but seems heavier built, almost canvas, may be it's from lots of heavy starching, and he has gotten his hands of the most practical of caps, a Bonnie you see the Seals in Vietnam, the caps ave shrunk up to comical sizes, and the brim so little they cut them off, maybe because they were locally made? hopefully the Nave did not let this happen. 206220884 PO. 1st Class RVN. That's the rare thing about the CB, is it offers training in a job that is also very useful outside the military-if you can get with the equipment and tools. Construction is always needed, though more and more people don't want to work with there hands, when they do the can make some wonderful things. Like a Medic or Doctor, this can be a great civilian job. They can make you a sailor too, but not a fisherman, you have to learn that on your own...if ya know what I mean. 206220885 PO. 1st Class RVN. In 1964 ACB 1 was the first CB in Vietnam. Then in 1965 more Naval Construction Regiments deployed to the theater. Seabees supported the Marines at Khe Sanh and Chu Lai combat base's. they began building a number of aircraft runways,also port and support facilities (this would allow the build up), and buit and fixed up roads (for the movement of material and personnel), and bridges for mobility and the people there. 206220886 PO. 1st Class RVN. The PO-1 grade is applied right to the shirt, rather than having the typical embroidered pocket patch, stitched on. 206220889 PO. 1st Class RVN. The US.NAVY tape hase the (C/B) Seabee insignia under it, it is in the normal spot-but it too, but it is stenciled or maybe ironed on? it does have sharp edges. 206220890 PO. 1st Class RVN. The PO-1 name tape, in its canvas like material, has a heavy stitch, and the Name is also stenciled on it, something you don't see a lot, and likely a typical CD-fix it situation, getting his work cloths on site or something, obviously not embroiderer was on had when he got the uniform. 206220891 PO. 1st Class RVN. June 1965, a Construction Mechanic 3rd Class, Marvin G. Shields as part of Seabee Team 1104, was actively engaged at the Battle of Dong Xoai, for his actions he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. 206220887 PO. 1st Class RVN. Shields remains the only Seabee ever to be awarded the Medal of Honor. These "Civic Action Teams" continued into the Vietnam War where Seabees, often fending off the enemy forces right next to their Marine and Army counterparts, between the fighting, built up schools, infrastructure and provided health care service. 206220892 PO. 1st Class RVN. After Vietnam, the CB's have worked anywhere our Navy has lander, or needed built up harbor facility's and infrastructure for support from the sea, many times working with other country's in time of disaster relief as well. I imagine the CB's dawned the steel pot-helmets when needed too, though, many felt the utility covers-was the only head gear needed. 206220888 CB. The Navy's Construction Battalions were conceived to replace civilian construction companies then on contract to the Navy soon after the U.S. was attacked at Pearl Harbor. There was roughly 70,000 civilian contractors working on various 'U.S.' bases stationed overseas. But International law made it illegal for civilian workers to resist an attack. For them do so, would classify them as guerrillas (war participants) and legally could lead to summary execution. So that had to be changed. Ding... the need for Navy Construction Battalion's. 206222291 Seabee 'No-Name'.... The helmet had a bunch of variants to see service from WW2 and Korea to the Vietnam, the helmet now likely has changed quite a bit, but the same operations continue, of digging, grating, plowing and building, looks like they will continue to do this to, for the foreseeable future. Into the Vietnam War-and to the present-several types of the light / plastic type hard hats are see, and the helmet less-only in the battle lines now. 206220958 Seabee 'No-Name'.... Often these Sailors, were very muddy, they were working with mud, dirt, sand and stone, they worked with wire, screws and drills, saws, and gloves. The drove Bull Dozer's, and Graders, Rock-Crushers, Dump Rucks, and cement mixers. and a heap of other deuce and a half trucks. The were a very strategic element of the Navy, helping make their job-easier. 206220957 Seabee 'No-Name'.... They were craftsman, and the were talented, they did much the same job as big business construction company's...except they went to work with M-14 rifle, or M-16's later.....and they got shot at sometimes, often preceding the forces that would be stationed in the facility they would build, they left and the the area taken over by someone else. 206220959 Seabee 'No-Name'.... An official Government issuer green swabbies hat. Now this is not something that I think you'll sen on many SEAL's, but, any shore side stationed sailor might find it conducive for their health to get away from white and blue.....and conform to the Army, Marines, and Airman that all wore fatigues or jungle suits, even jump suits and near all US personnel wore green, it was a pretty good idea. 206220960 Seabee 'No-Name'.... The outbreak of the Korean War led to a call-up of 10,000 from the Seabee Reserve. Seabees landed at Inchon during the assault, installing causeways dealing with enormous tides and enemy fire. 206220961 Seabee 'No-Name'.... With the outbreak of the War in Korean led to a call-up of 10,000 to from a Seabee Reserve. Seabees ended up being used at Inchon landing for the assault,to install causeways with some of the wolds largest tides and for a lot of it under enemy fire. 206220966 Seabee 'No-Name'.... When the battalion was reactivated in 1951 a bulldozer with the number 4 stenciled on the radiator was the emblem used. Thinking about this jacket it could be from the cold war era, its a really odd cut. 206220967 Seabee 'No-Name'.... The white Dixie-cup EM cover, has been in US. Navy attire for some time, pretty much the same as the pull over and swab'by pants. They have come an gone a few time, but I think even today there is a place for the uniform, Tradition if nothing else Pride. In this case, it is made in the Green material, much like the green uniform. 206220965 Seabee 'No-Name'.... In 1962, MCB Four was deployed to Gitmo for the Cuban Missile Crisis. During that time they helped to re-enforce the area, and build up defenses, Working alongside the Marines they fortified the base perimeter as needed and then grabbed a rifle and stood on the line. base defense. 206220964 Seabee 'No-Name'.... This is one of those uniform that kinda throws me, it is an unstable personal jacket - I cant read and make out the writing on the label, may be foreign made, or in-county like made, but its a fine jacket- just odd tapers and cuts to it, and its like a oil-coated waterproof jacket the cap had no other home-and so thought it fit in with the odd jacket, the odd cap, works for me. 206220963 Seabee 'No-Name'.... Helmet M-1- with Olive Canvas Cover. It is interesting thought to note, as for the "All Green" canvas cover for the helmet, I have not seen this much except on Naval, and Marine Corp personnel for some reason. I know the Marine corp did on occasion, use the cover itself as a code for like First Company Marines may have worn Tan and Brown, while Second wore their Green Side Out, and Third Company no cover at all etc. 206220956 Seabee 'No-Name'.... Again, the helmet cover here, was a Navy / Marine thing I'm not sure the issue requirement, but not the standard ERDL pattern of the time you see gunners on small boats, and shore side personnel and some Marines with them. I understand in WWII all meant is what wave your in for hitting the beach, 1st brown camouflage, 2nd green camouflage, and solid green and none or something like that, or with beach you were assigned- say if you hit 3 places at once. 206220962 Seabee 'No-Name'.... This one like most of them in the collection had new life breathed on it, and it is pristine, no longer matching the jacket so well-it could well have gone with any of these in this section. 206220968 Vietnam Seabees: In the Vietnam War, there was a standard set, tbut there were variations we've tride showing that here. They improvised stenciling of unit numbers across the back of the M-65 field jacketsand there was the collar / cover devices for ranks of E4 to E6 enlisted. The Navy authorized that the "crow" be replaced by the rating had insignia depicting each trade. Note the hard hat, in WWII you saw the tin-WWI style work helmets, as well as WWI Helmets and the M-1 Steel Pots in Vietnam it was hard hats (nice and light) ot old beat up M1 Steel Pots. 206222294 Vietnam Seabees: This was a busy business however you looked at it, but they did it the sailor deals with things-you see what has to be done and do it- or fill in and help do it. 206222293