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Battalion History
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The Birth of the Seabees
In 1942, with the United States entry into World War II, the military needed skilled engineering and construction personnel quickly.  A call went out to the trades and the Naval Construction Battalions (NCB's) were formed. The popular story of how the Construction Battalions became known as Seabees is that while observing Construction Battalion workers, Eleanor Roosevelt made a comment that they worked like "Busy Bees" - and CBs became Seabees.
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Frank lafrate, a civilian file clerk at the Quonset Point Naval Air Station was asked by a Lieutenant to create a "Disney type" insignia for the CB's. The Fighting Bee he created became the international symbol of the Seabees.  He later became a Seabee.
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MCB Ten History 1943-1976.pdf