2009 -- H 5890
H O U S E R E S O L U T I O N
5TH ANNUALLY TO BE "
Introduced By: Representatives Carter, Slater, Gallison, Watson, and Fox
Date Introduced: February 26, 2009
WHEREAS, As the Second World War dawned on the horizon, the United States Navy
realized that fighting in a variety of theaters across the globe would require a vast infrastructure
and the assembling of a unique and highly trained organization that would support the United
States Navy and Marines in remote locations and also have the ability to defend themselves if
attacked. Thus the Seabees, men who were highly skilled craftsmen such as electricians,
plumbers, equipment operators, and construction tradesmen and also fighting men, were formed
and deployed around the globe; and
WHEREAS, Rear Admiral Ben Moreell, Chief of the Bureau of Yards and Docks,
requested specific authority to organize and man this special organization on December 28, 1941.
On January 5, 1942, he was given that authority and the original battalions were formed at a new
naval base in
on February 17, 1942; and
WHEREAS, On March 5, 1942 all construction battalion personnel were officially
named Seabees by the United States Navy Department and a logo, the Fighting Bee, was created
WHEREAS, The Davisville Advanced Base became operational in June of 1942 and
Base eventually contained 500 Quonset huts for personnel. Finally, on August 11, 1942, the
The camp trained over 100,000 Seabees during World War II; and
WHEREAS, From the construction of and heroic defense of Henderson Air Field on
Guadalcanal to the
assault in World War II. They quickly earned a reputation for exceptional creativity and bravery.
More than 325,000 men served with the Seabees in World War II, fighting and building in more
than 400 locations around the globe. They knew more than sixty skilled trades. Many fighting
Seabees perished in the service of our nation; and
WHEREAS, Since the end of World War II, the Seabees have served our nation in every
and the Global War on Terrorism, as well as serving in numerous humanitarian missions around
the world. The Seabees have always answered the call of duty when our nation was in peril; now,
therefore be it
That this House of Representatives of the State of
Providence Plantations hereby declares March 5th annually to be "Rhode Island Seabees Day".
We thank them for their bravery and for their service to our nation; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and he hereby is authorize and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to Mr. Donald Kurtz.