Bill and I attended the 74th Annual Seabee Ball on Saturday, February 20, 2016, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.
Bill has written extensively about the Seabees in his WWII military histories and is a Life Member of the Navy Seabee Veterans of America.
We were honored to be invited to the VIP Reception and seated among VIPs at dinner. I’m always moved by these military events…. the younger generation thanking Bill for his service in WWII, and Bill and I thanking the younger generation for their service and sacrifices. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is – in a word – awesome, and we encourage everyone to pay a visit.
The U.S. Navy Seabees were formed in World War II with the prime objective: to build major military construction. A Seabee is a member of the U. S. Naval Construction Forces (NCF). The name “Seabee” comes from initials “CB”, which in turn comes from the term “Construction Battalion”. Their motto: We Build, We Fight. Their symbol: A flying bee with a hammer, a wrench, a machine gun in its hands, and the words “Can Do!” During WWII, the Seabees constructed more than 400 advanced bases, bulldozing and paving thousands of miles of roadway and airstrips. Admiral W. F. Halsey, USN, Guam, 1945, said of the Seabees: “Every time I pass a bulldozer, I want to stop and kiss it.”
4 thoughts on “74th Annual Seabee Ball, Reagan Presidential Library, Feb 20, 2016”
WOW!!! What an amazing honor, Bill & Sandra! So well deserved … and so happily acknowledged. And you both look terrific, by the way. Especially like the one of Bill @ the podium … backed by some of those famous “familiar faces” 🙂 My congratulations & best wishes, Susie
Susan, Thank you for reading our post and commenting. -Bill and Sandra
It was an honor to sit with you! What a fun evening!
Julie, The honor was ours to sit with you and the other military wives. We know how much you miss your husbands and we have nothing but respect for you and them. -Bill and Sandra McGee