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"... The accomplishments of the Seabees have been one of the outstanding features of the war. In the Pacific, where the distances are great and the expeditious construction of bases is frequently of vital importance, the construction accomplished by the Seabees has been of invaluable assistance. Furthermore, the Seabees have participated in practically every amphibious operation undertaken thus far, landing with the first waves of assault troops to bring equipment ashore and set up temporary bases of operation. In the Solomon Islands campaign the Seabees demonstrated their ability to outbuild the Japs and to repair airfields and build new bases, regardless of conditions of weather. There can be no doubt that the Seabees constitute an invaluable component of our Navy."
From the official report by Admiral Ernest J. King, Commander in Chief, United States Fleet, and Chief of Naval Operations
United States Navy, World War 1939-1945, Regimental Histories, 597th U.S. Naval Construction Battalion Unit, Seabees
United States Navy, "First anniversary, U.S. Naval Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit no.597 : First March 1945" (1945). World War Regimental Histories. 153.
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