These are examples of Seabee  Battalion patches from the Museum's collection. They are embroidered on cloth, about 3-inches in diameter.

 

The patch above, also from the Museum's collection, is frequently mis-identified as having something
to do with building or operating atomic power plants. Actually, it
is a logo that was created for a
Disaster Recovery Training
Program given at the Davisville and California bases in the early 1960.
It is often seen as a decal.
 

We frequently get questions about  patches similar to the one above,
in the Museum's collection.
Because of the bee and the tools people assume it is a variant of the
Seabee patch. It is not. It was a
quality improvement logo used by
Beechcraft aircraft company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

NEW BUILDING ARRIVES

On a cold and windy day in December 2009 the new Museum building arrived. Packed on over a dozen skids, the two tons of steel have been safely stored in a warehouse just a few miles from the Museum. Ground breaking for the foundations will take place in the spring. Although we have raised the money needed to build the "shell", we still need additional funds to complete the interior.

STEVEN W. MacCAFFRIE

Former Seabee and Corresponding Secretary, Steven W. MacCaffrie, 65, died October 17th following an extended illness. He used his knowledge as an engineer and construction supervisor to guide and direct the development of the Museum and was frank with his opinions. He was a key motivator in the museum’s current drive to build a main museum building. MacCaffrie was a proud Navy Seabee veteran of the Vietnam War serving in Delta Company of Mobile Construction Battalion ONE THIRTY THREE. He was active in SVA and in his community. For his full obituary, click HERE. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be  made to the Museum Building Fund.

PROVIDENCE COLLEGE 'GIVES BACK' TO SEABEES

On September 5, 2009 a group of college freshmen and their Site Leaders from Providence College spent a day at the Seabee Museum and Memorial Park. It was part of the college's freshmen orientation Building Bridges, Day of Service program. The mission is to encourage college students to continue to serve the community while they are enrolled at Providence College and beyond. Teams of students fanned out across the state to help non-profits and municipalities. At the Museum they painted, did lawn work, cut grass and began a retaining wall along our service drive. The Museum was pleased to be a Community Partner and is grateful for this assistance. We hope the students got to appreciate Seabee heritage during their stay.


RICHARD A. "FESS" PARKER

On August.18, 2009, the Seabee Museum and Memorial Park lost a great friend and loyal supporter: Richard A. "Fess" Parker, EQCM,  USN (Ret.). Fess, 74, was born in Arizona. He served for 32 years in the US Navy Seabees and retired as Command Master Chief. After retiring from the Navy, he worked at Electric Boat for 15 years. He was a past National Commander of the Seabee Veterans of America and a 40-year member and Past President of the Fleet Reserve Association, Branch 42. He was a plank owner of Island X1, Davisville, Rhode Island. Fess was a driving force in the creation of the Seabee Museum and Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the Museum.

MONUMENT TO FALLEN SEABEES OF GULF WARS

On July 31, 2009, over 200 people gathered to observe the dedication a memorial to the Fallen Seabees of the Gulf Wars on the grounds of the Seabee Museum and Memorial Park. Centered on a 50-foot flagpole, a memorial wall includes a plaque for each of the Seabees killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The first flag was raised, lowered, folded and presented to Frank and Sharon Toner or Narragansett, RI, whose son LT (jg) Francis Toner IV, was killed in March 2009 in Afghanistan when a militant dressed as a Afghan police offer opened fire.


A second flag was then raised while MU2 Christopher Ferris of the US Navy Band Northeast played taps.

The new memorial was made possible by Quonset Development Corporation that donated the pole that originally served as the regimental flag pole of the 27th NCR when they were home ported at Davisville; Commodore Joe Albanese, 7th NCR, who arranged for the services of members of NMCB 27 (Res) and as president of a Massachusetts construction company provided most of the material.

In recognition of his key role, Commodore Albanese was presented with a RI State Proclamation that read: "The Rhode Island House of Representatives hereby extends appreciation to men and women of the 7th Naval Construction Regiment, Newport, Rhode Island and Mobile Construction Battalion 27, Brunswick, Maine in recognition of their efforts to create a public memorial at the Seabee Museum and Memorial Park in North Kingstown, Rhode Island to honor the memory of the men and women of the U.S. Navy Seabees who gave their lives in defense of freedom during the Gulf Wars."

Speakers included RI Treasurer Frank Caprio, who praised the work of the Seabees who daily put their lives on the line to protect American freedom. Col. Larry Gallogly, 143rd Airlift Wing Commander for the RI National Guard that is stationed at the nearby Quonset Point Airport, is the son of a WW-II Seabee. He said, "I wonder if my father would ever know how much the Seabees have helped me and thousands of other soldiers. He’s smiling down now."

Keynote speaker Rear Admiral Scott A. Weikert, Deputy Commander of the FIRST Naval Construction Division; spoke about the current role of Seabees throughout the world. "It’s easy to forget that we are a country at war," said Weikert, and that many have plans for the weekend, "plans made without consideration to a ‘ruthless’ enemy whose only objective is to kill every American. So let’s take a moment and thank those Seabees and soldiers for letting us still be able to make those weekend plans."

NEW BUILDING CLOSE TO REALITY

As the Seabee Museum & Memorial Park's fund raising efforts to build a modern museum building move forward, a significant milestone has been reached. In July, New Boston Funds presented the Museum with a $50,000 check. This recognized that the Museum's fund raising efforts qualified for the matching grant six months before the deadline. A new, pre-engineered building has been ordered and by next year we should see this new arched steel structure forming an ideal complement to the Museum's seven vintage Quonset huts. The Museum's Building Committee worked with Powerbuilt Steel Buildings, Inc. of Virginia Beach. The new, modern Quonset style hut will be 64 foot wide by 120 foot long.

Although the actual building has been selected, we still need to raise funds. We have made great progress even in this challenging year. If you have donated, we thank you. If not, or if you can donate more, please take a look at our BUILDING FUND page.

RHODE ISLAND DECLARES MARCH 5TH "SEABEE DAY"

The year was 1942, the dark days of the beginning of World War Two. At the newly constructed Navy base in Davisville, Rhode Island, RADM Ben Moreell, CEC, founded the US Navy Seabees (shown right). That same year the famous Seabee "Fighting Bee" logo was created at Davisville by Rhode Islander Frank Iafrate. And we can't forget that the humble Quonset Hut that went to war with the Seabees was created at Davisville and named after the point of land on which the base stood .. Quonset Point. Over the past 67 years the Seabees have been "builders for peace" throughout the world, and it all started in Rhode Island.

In recognition of these historic events, the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations has declared March 5, "Seabee Day." This will help to preserve the heritage to present and future generations. To read the full Resolution, click HERE.
 

SEABEE MUSEUM RECEIVES 2009 GRANT FROM RHODE ISLAND COUNCIL FOR THE HUMANITIES

On February 9, 2009, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH) announced a major grant to the Seabee Museum and Memorial Park. The Museum will use the grant to create educational signage for exhibits. This will give the public a better understanding of the historical importance of the Seabee Museum and Memorial Park. The signage will also help tell the story of the founding of the Seabees to new generations of visitors.

QUONSET HUTS GET A FACELIFT

The historic Quonset huts on the grounds of  the Seabee Museum and Memorial Park recently received a facelift. Four of the seven huts, the ones visitors see when approaching the Museum, have been painted in World War II era camouflage. The cost, in excess of $12,000, came from donations to the Museum's operating fund. Pro-Paint Plus power washed the huts, stabilized the rust, and repainted the huts in the two-color pattern. The owner of Pro-Paint Plus, Thomas Marsocci, Jr., is the son of a Davisville Seabee.

In addition, the three unused windows in the first hut have been transformed into a window on the past. The photos of WW-II era Seabees in the windows came from the Museum's collection. North Kingstown Sign*A*Rama owner Joe Lamastro generously created and donated the three aluminum panels.

7th NAVAL CONSTRUCTION REGIMENT BEE DEDICATED
A statue of the famous Fighting Bee was a fixture at the gate to the Newport Naval Base. Last year he was removed to be repainted. On October 18, 2008 he was returned, but this time to the new headquarters of the 7th Naval Construction Regiment. Guest speakers during the ceremony were Captain Joseph Albaneses, Commander 7NCR, (read his remarks) and CWO3 (ret) Jack Sprengel, currently the curator of the Seabee Museum and Memorial Park. Sprengel spoke on the history of the 7th Naval Construction Regiment.
 

CWO3 (ret) Jack Sprengel addresses the audience.

The repainted Bee is unveiled.

7th Naval Construction Regiment Seabee

MEMORIAL TO FALLEN NMCB-58 SEABEES DEDICATED

The NMCB-58 memorial, newest monument at the Seabee Museum and Memorial Park.

Several members of the NMCB-58 Association from throughout the east coast attended the dedication.

On Sunday, September 7, 2008, the Seabee Museum and Memorial Park, North Kingstown, RI, dedicated a memorial to four Seabees killed in Vietnam forty years ago. The memorial is located on the grounds of the Museum in North Kingstown. The Navy Seabees who were honored were CE3 Cress P. Salazar of Albuquerque, New Mexico, killed at Cat Lo, Vietnam on July 7, 1968; BUL2 Gregory P. Hensley of Butte, Montana, died at Dining, Vietnam on July 23, 1968; SW3 John S. Staff of Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, died on June 7, 1969 at They Neon, Vietnam; and BUN Robert A. O’Connor of Chicago who was killed at Camp Shields, Chu Lai, Vietnam on August 12, 1969.

“Providing this lasting memorial is the least we could do for these men who gave all in the service of their country,” said Nick Frisch, President Elect of the Museum.

 

 
 
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