Army & Navy - OPERATIONS: Can do, Will Do - Did

The Seabees, the Navy's construction battalions, were two years old this week. The birthday pointed up two facts: how unprepared the Navy was to fight a war in the first days of 1942; how versatile the Navy has become in two years of war. In 24 months this single new branch has grown into an organization of 262,000 men — more men than the entire prewar Navy could muster.

A few men saw the need of such battalions in the autumn of 1941. On Dec. 28, blueprinted by Captain John Perry of the...

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