74th Annual Seabee Ball at Reagan Presidential Library

Bill with Air Force One in the background.

Bill with Air Force One in the background.

Bill and I just returned from the 74th Annual Seabee Ball held on Saturday, February 20, 2016, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. Bill has written extensively about the Seabees in his four 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 then 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 it a visit.

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The Seabee logo. See below for a description.

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At the Ball.

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The husbands of these lovely ladies are in Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3 and deployed to Iwo Jima or the Middle East.

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A keynote address by “President” McGee. Note the familiar faces in the audience.

A Brief History of the Seabees. 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 at Reagan Presidential Library

  1. 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

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