Army & Navy - ENGINEERS: Pick & Shovel Sailors

Youngest of the Navy's forces, but already full of tradition, are the "Seabees"*—the Construction Battalions scattered from Dutch Harbor to Casablanca. Last week they got traditional recognition. North to Narragansett Bay flew the Secretary of the Navy to commission Camp Endicott, their new $20,000,000 training center.

The Seabees were Navy naturals from their start 15 months ago. Their uniformed steelworkers, hard-rock drillers, bulldozer operators, loggers and steamfitters are a tough, horny-handed lot, given to artistic cussing, accurate spitting, and tall-story telling. Having put up skyscrapers, drilled in the mountains and blasted...

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