1/07/2006

A Word About Seabees

Some may think that Naval Construction Battalions or Seabees do not face the hazards during war that other service members do. This is not true. My Dad, who served two tours of duty in Vietnam would relate some of the fire they came under. What sticks most in my mind is the friends he lost who were on convoys. The Seabees in Iraq face the same dangers.

The Sunherald is reporting that 4 Seabees were injured by an IED outside Fallujah. Two of the Seabees were able to return to their unit, the 133rd. Two others were flown to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany and will return home to Gulfport at a later date.

The Seabee motto is, "We Build, We Fight", and that held true in the case of the IED in Iraq. The Seabees had the foresight to warn the others behind of the danger thus preventing more injuries.

8 Comments:

Blogger MissingLink said...

At least they are alive.

7:20 PM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

felis,

Thank goodness for that.

7:26 PM  
Blogger Elmer's Brother said...

There were some earlier last year who were killed by mortar fire, I believe. The Seabees have some of the longest deployments in the Navy. (7-8 months), this during peacetime ops. They are wonderful. In Guam they traveled to neighboring islands and did civil engineeering projects for the locals. They are always doing something great.
God Bless 'em!

9:54 AM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

elmer's,

I know about the long deployments. My Dad, in addition to Vietnam, spent time in Diego Garcia and Guantanamo Cuba. I think he may have been sent to Guam also, but I'm not sure. I knew about the Seabees last year. I posted about the outpouring of support and respect that was shown in Gulfport when they were buried.

11:01 AM  
Blogger Elmer's Brother said...

Sorry I missed that Seawitch, should have known you would have been on top of it. Thank the Lord for fellows like your father.

7:09 PM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

elmers,

It's okay. It was so moving. All the policemen and firemen along the funeral routes, came out and stood with respect. People were getting out of their cars and placing their hands over their hearts when the Seabees' processions passed.

Thank G-d there are so many who are willing to serve our country.

7:44 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

People have the same attitude about the Coast Guard. Most don't realize that in WWII, the Coast Guard was among the first on the beachheads during invasions as "Beachmasters", or those who directed traffic and troops up on the beach in order to keep the landing craft from getting jammed up.

They also piloted the landing craft, a lot of which came under heavy fire during Normandy, for instance.

Every member of our Armed Forces has an important part to play in our national security.

7:34 AM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

mark,

The Coast Guard is doing it's part in the GWOT as well. They are a great bunch of guys.

11:15 AM  

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