Davisville and the Seabees

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Davisville and the Seabees

Author: Walter K. Schroder, Gloria A. Emma
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Copyright: 1999
Pages: 128
Cover Price: $ 21.99

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The U.S. Naval Construction Battalion Center at Davisville, Rhode Island, is first remembered as the original “Home of the Atlantic Seabees.” During World War II, 100 battalions as well as dozens of other U.S. Navy “Builder-Fighter” units were formed, outfitted, trained, and prepared for overseas deployment. Here, in the first photographic history of the base, is the story of the men and women who came to Davisville and their legacy of superb accomplishments in the service of their country.

Established on February 27, 1942, the base was designated to manufacture and ship overseas materials and equipment and to outfit and embark construction battalions and other naval units.

Between 1942 and 1994, when the base was closed, the Seabees participated in every war involving the United States. The Quonset Hut and the Davisville Pontoons were both developed at the Davisville Seabee Center. The base has schooled and trained thousands of officers and tens of thousands of Seabees.

Background Information

Rhode Island was founded by Roger Williams and other refugees from religious intolerance in Massachusetts. World War II was fought between the Allies and the Axis powers between 1939 and 1945.