MCB 53 Alumni Association

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   July 3, 2009 on DIY Network - More than 100 National Guardsmen and Navy Seabees volunteered to help the crew of “Man Caves,” a DIY Network series starring former NFL defensive tackle Tony “The Goose” Siragusa, comedian Chris Grundy and contractor Jason Cameron, transform Camp Virginia’s dated USO Center into a high-tech haven for troops.

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Patty Kreider of Ventura, a member of the Channel Islands Carvers, shows the two plaques she carved for the Seabee Museum.

When the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum moved to its spacious new quarters at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, Director Lara Godbille was eager to see the Navy’s 151 World War II-era Naval Construction Battalions represented on a plaque wall. She envisioned each battalion’s carved wooden plaque out of storage and on display where every retired Seabee who walked through the doors could look, point and say, “That’s me.” There was only one problem. The museum’s collection had only 115 plaques. Thirty-six were missing.

Read more: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/oct/19/local-woodcarvers-help-seabee-museum-complete/?lighthouse=1#ixzz1bXXY9loR - vcstar.com

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  Do the Dues (2015) -send them in to Ralph if you have not already done so, annual or life member.  The form, open, download, send in:  click here to open form.  

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Our Paul Glasser (following quote) found this info concerning the movie "The Fighting Seabees"...

"I found this discussion on a face book group page called all Seabees Vietnam era    From the OSK SEABEE grapevine: Since my Dad, Carpenters Mate 1st Class (at the time of the filming, and later a USMC Tech Sergeant) , Kenneth Thompson, was in the movie, I can answer. The marching scene was indeed at Camp Parks. Right after that he and his training company were transferred into a USMC Pioneer Battalion, but his training unit kept with the movie. He was later re-transferred into the 76th NCB. In 1943 many of the men intially in CB training (now assigned as USMC engineers) later still re-assigned to the 76th NCB, were detailed to work with Republic Pictures, as was the 53rd NCB, in the production of that now classic motion picture. The 53rd, as my Dad told it, was the only organized, numbered, NCB to have participated in the making of the “The Fighting Seabees”, but several training companies were involved.  Many of the actual scenes with real SEABEES were not included in the final release of the movie. The scene of the bayonet drill, was my Dad’s unit, You can actually see him in the background, and equipment operations scenes were the real thing. "

 

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The MCB 53 Alumni Association - Welcome

Our Seabee Motto "CAN DO" keeps the Association humming! If there is something special that you would like to see or contribute, please contact the Association Officers. Constructive criticism is always welcomed. The MCB 53 Alumni Association was founded in 1989 with Ralph Storti taking a leading role. Today's database lists 1,290 former members of the Battalion. Of these, 122 are from the WW II Era, while the remainder are from the 1968 and 1969 Tours to Vietnam. There are good names, addresses and phone numbers for 550 of them, 115 others have since passed away, and another 630 of our brothers are still waiting for us to find them. Keeping our data base accurate requires a group effort. Membership dues are $15.00 a year payable to the MCB 53 Alumni Association, or you may decide to become a Life Member. The dues forms are located in the latest Beeline Newsletter or follow this link MCB 53 Dues and contact information. Dues help defray the cost of Quarterly MCB 53 Beeline Newsletters, Postage, Phone Calls, Paper Supplies, Photo Copying, etc., etc. New members are emailed or mailed a one time copy of the contact information for our Association members. The rising cost of paper, envelopes, postage, and duplicating preclude constantly mailing out a current database (over twelve pages). Together we can and do find ways to share contact information with improving formats. Once again, constructive thoughts are always appreciated. We've had sixteen reunions to date: PA in 1992, OH in 1993, FL in 1995, MN in 1996, SC in 1998, MA in 1999, NV in 2001, PA in 2002, FL in 2004, MO in 2005, VA in 2007, Honolulu HI in October 2008, Washington in 2010, Perdido Key 2011, Council Bluffs 2013, and Niagara Falls 2014. Comments, please send a note to the Association Treasurer (Ralph mcb53aa@verizon.net ) and the publisher (Bernie mcb53aa@gmail.com ).  If you have any questions about the organization, please ask. Email: mcb53aa@verizon.net   Questions, comments, additions to the newsletter or web page, contact Bernie at mcb53aa@gmail.com .

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