In the 1930s Bureau of Yards and Docks began providing for “Navy Construction Battalions” in contingency war plans. In 1934, Capt. Carl Carlson’s version of the CB was approved by Chief of Naval Operations. In 1935, RADM. Norman Smith, head of BuDocks, selected Captain Walter Allen, War Plans Officer, to represent BuDocks on the War Plans Board. Capt. Allen presented the bureau’s CB concept with the Board including it in the Rainbow war plans. The Seabees named their first training center for Capt. Allen. A criticism of the proposal was CBs would have a dual command; military control administrated by fleet line Officers while construction operations would be administrated by Civil Engineer Corps officers. Additional criticisms were no provisions for the military organization or military training necessary to provide unit structure, discipline, and esprit de corps. In December 1937, RADM. Ben Moreell became BuDocks Chief and the lead proponent of the CB proposal.
Renowned as a highly responsive and flexible force, the proud members of the Seabees stand ready to deploy anywhere in the world to support the global mission of the America’s military. Building and fighting for freedom, they erect bridges, roads, command posts, housing units, and hospitals to sustain the warfighting efforts of America’s men and women in uniform. Serving as expert technicians and fearless warriors, they have played a vital role in the success of U.S. Military operations for more than fifty years.
This hiking stick medallion salutes the outstanding courage and skill of all those who serve the U.S. Navy in the proud tradition of the Seabees.
This item measures 1 3/8 inch x 1 3/8 inch (34mm x 35mm) oval.
This is a surplus NWTMint item – packaging may vary.