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Carbines to the Seabees

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    Posted: Dec 21 2015 at 9:05pm
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ISSUANCE OF CARBINES TO “SEABEES,” FEBRUARY 1943





Don Hillhouse has found this 4 February 1943 document that refers to the transfer of 15,000 carbines to
the 52nd Naval Construction Battalion. The 52nd underwent advanced training and cold weather gear
issue at the Advance Base Depot, Port Hueneme, California in January before shipping out to their first
wartime assignment to various posts in the Aleutian Island chain, Alaska.
Carbine Club newsletter 384 features an in-depth analysis of carbine issuance by the US Navy in WWII.

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A Seabee is a member of the United States Naval Construction Forces (NCF). The word "Seabee" comes from initials "CB", which in turn comes from the term "Construction Battalion".
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Bump for the few Seabee's that joined recently
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Seebees are bad dudes - they will be out in a firefight building - they did it in WW2 and Vietnam - I assume Korea, but do not know.

That would be cool to own from a 'liberated' vet

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My dad used to talk about carrying a M1 Carbine while he was a CB in the Philippine Islands during WWII.  He said when the war ended a lot of guys just stuck them in their sea bag and brought them home.  It was almost 50 years later that I got my first carbine.  Unfortunately, dad is long gone and never go to handles one again.
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My dad also brought an M1 back from the Philippine Islands.
There is a post here somewhere.



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Mr. Dey,  Many thanks for your prompt response.  I was never part of the CBs, but I stood a watch one time at the Advanced Base Depot at Gulfport MS, never saw a carbine. Is there any way for me to access Club newsletter 384?  Sounds like this would have just the info I am seeking.  One of my collecting interests is WWII US Navy artifacts, things I used and came in contact with. I have 9 different small arms,would like to add a carbine.  I appreciate your help.  Harold Anderson
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Mr. Dey, In looking at the requisition, one thing jumped out at me - strange that a Battalion of 29 Officers and 1100 enlisted men would require 15,000 Carbines.  I was a Storekeeper, trained to question things like this. Your thoughts?
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