Archive for March, 2014

Mar 8

Battle of Hampton Roads – The Little Known Story of USS Cumberland

Saturday, March 8, 2014 8:00 AM


By Naval History and Heritage Command On Mar. 8, 1862, in the southern part of Virginia where the Elizabeth and Nansemond Rivers meet the James River to empty into the Chesapeake Bay, in the region known as Hampton Roads, the first battle between ironclad warships occurred. Most of us remember the famous duel, which ended in a stalemate, between the two iron-clad, steam ships, USS Monitor, and CSS Virginia, which had been a decommissioned U.S. Navy ship called Merrimack. Often forgotten are the other ships that were there, USS Cumberland, USS Congress and USS Minnesota. Before Virginia met her match… Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 6

Civil Engineer Corps unique among other military services

Thursday, March 6, 2014 8:03 AM


   Rear Adm. Kate Gregory, Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, and Chief of Civil Engineers  This year, the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) observes its 147th anniversary, embracing a legacy of providing facilities engineering expertise to Navy and Marine Corps commanders that began on March 2, 1867. The CEC is a unique organization with no exact counterpart in any other service or any other Navy in the world. Its officers are the Navy’s professional engineers and architects, responsible for executing and managing the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the Navy’s shore facilities. CEC officers work primarily in three… Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 5

After much deliberation, Seabees settle on March 5 as birthday

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 1:15 PM


By Lara Godbille, Ph.D., Director, US Navy Seabee Museum, Naval History and Heritage Command Since March 5, 1942, the U.S. Navy has employed an elite cadre of construction battalions better known as Seabees. Guided by the motto, “We Build, We Fight,” over the past 72 years the Seabees have served in all major American conflicts, supported humanitarian efforts, and helped to build communities and nations around the globe. Today, Seabees young and old are celebrating the birthday of this unique organization; however, March 5th has not always been its birthday.        From its inception during World War until 1954,… Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 4

Building for a Nation and for Equality: African American Seabees in World War II

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 8:41 PM


 Dr. Frank A. Blazich Jr., U.S. Navy Seabee Museum, Naval History and Heritage Command   Visitors to the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum may wish to walk to the display of battalion plaques from World War II. Among the blur of polished wood, painted plaster, and engraved metal one may gaze upon the plaques of the 34th, 20th (Special), and 80th Naval Construction Battalions (NCB). The plaque for the 20th bears the motto “Proving Our Worth,” an apt description for men fighting for victory over fascism abroad and discrimination at home. Over 12,500 African Americans served in Seabee units in the… Read the rest of this entry »

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