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The CEC/Seabee Historical Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization whose purpose is to ensure the proud heritage and rich history of the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps and the Navy’s military construction force, the Seabees, are properly documented, preserved and maintained. Public awareness of the contributions and accomplishments of the Seabees and the Civil Engineer Corps is a primary goal. Founded in September, 1991, the Foundation has a worldwide membership and all donations are tax deductible.

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An important function of the CEC/Seabee Historical Foundation is to act as a clearing house for Seabees and CEC officers, past and present. We need your help to make our listing as complete as possible. You can submit any information you have using this form. Thank you!

Foundation Launches 75th Anniversary Campaign website!!

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“We Build, We Fight” by Jim Dietz

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“WE BUILD, WE FIGHT” was created in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the U.S. Navy Seabees occurring 5 March, 2017.

Seabees – their simple motto tells their story: “We build, We fight.” For 75 years the Seabees have demonstrated their skills as builders and fighters. From the islands of the Pacific, to the jungles of Vietnam, to the mountains of Bosnia, and to the sands of the Mideast; they have built and fought around the globe for freedom through the years to preserve our liberties abroad and at home. In peacetime, they have been goodwill ambassadors, sharing American values across the world.  In peace and in war, they have lived their slogan: “Can Do!”

This limited edition print is a montage of the Seabee experience over the past 75 years. The intent of the painting is to show how the mission of the Seabees remained steadfast throughout their history despite changes in where they work, the tools of their trade, and the ever-changing world. Using photographs housed at the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum in Port Hueneme, California, the artist has created a background that spans the history of the Seabees, morphing from a scene of airfield construction on one of the Pacific islands during World War II on the left to one of airfield construction in current day combat operations on the right.

The figures featured in the center of the portrait depict how the Seabees themselves have changed over the years both with respect to diversity and the uniform they wore. On the far left is a Civil Engineer Corps officer in khaki’s reviewing a set of construction drawings standing next to a bare-chested enlisted Seabee in dungarees from World War II. In the center stands a Vietnam-era Seabee wearing the classic green utilities, a soft cover, and a flak jacket. Crouched in front are a Cold War-era Seabee Chief Petty Officer in woodland camouflage uniform and a Seabee diver wearing the green digital camouflage uniform, as well as a current Seabee in digital camouflage standing behind him wearing a hard hat. On the far right a female Seabee wears the original three color desert uniform. All are focused and ready to accomplish their mission. Seabees Can Do.

The original oil painting by James Dietz will be dedicated to all Seabees past, present, and future during the 75th Anniversary celebrations and will be permanently on display at the Seabee Museum in Pt. Hueneme, California.

Please allow up to 4 to 6 weeks for delivery of prints and framed prints.

Giclée prints can take up to 90 days for delivery.

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If you have memorabilia you would like to donate to the Seabee Museum please contact Dr. Lara D. Godbille, Director at 805-982-5167 or lara.godbille@navy.mil

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See what is coming in the Spring 2016 Issue of the Seabee Quarterly!

To read the rest of these stories and keep up with what our Seabees are doing all over the world, along with what the Foundation has been doing and our progress on the New Seabee Museum, become a member of the CEC/Seabee Historical Foundation to receive your copy of the latest edition of the Seabee Quarterly.