Can Do! The Story of the Seabees (Bluejacket Books)

Can Do The Story of the Seabees Bluejacket Books When William Bradford Huie a reporter for H L Mencken s American Mercury joined the U S Navy in he received a commission as a public relations officer in the little known Civil Engineer Corps

  • Title: Can Do! The Story of the Seabees (Bluejacket Books)
  • Author: William Bradford Huie Ben Moreell
  • ISBN: 9781557503794
  • Page: 389
  • Format: Paperback
  • Can Do! The Story of the Seabees (Bluejacket Books)

    When William Bradford Huie, a reporter for H L Mencken s American Mercury, joined the U.S Navy in 1943, he received a commission as a public relations officer in the little known Civil Engineer Corps Construction Battalions the Seabees and the following year published this account of their landing with the Marines at Guadalcanal and Wake Island, Sicily and Salerno.When William Bradford Huie, a reporter for H L Mencken s American Mercury, joined the U.S Navy in 1943, he received a commission as a public relations officer in the little known Civil Engineer Corps Construction Battalions the Seabees and the following year published this account of their landing with the Marines at Guadalcanal and Wake Island, Sicily and Salerno As readable and entertaining today as it was some fifty years ago, it tells the story of these civilian engineers, carpenters, steam shovel operators, plumbers, truck drivers, surveyors, and the like, who landed with the first waves of American assault troops, not only in the Pacific but also in Europe and Africa, bringing heavy equipment ashore to build roads, bridges, and airfields and repairing whatever they could Often working under enemy fire, they incurred many casualties and won the deep respect of everyone who came into contact with them.

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    One thought on “Can Do! The Story of the Seabees (Bluejacket Books)

    1. Iain

      A solid and even enlightening look into the life of Seabees in WWII. As a period piece, it suffers a bit from the "news reel" style of presentation, but it is filled with well done anecdotes. I was also fascinated to read the specifics of how the pontoon docks were thrown up onto beaches, often with the first waves. In fact, it's impressive to read of how often the Seabees greeted Marines "storming ashore".Recommended for anyone interested in the Seabees or Island Hopping in WWII.

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