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Vern Abbott was kind enough to send this to Sec Norm.

Subject: SEABEE HERITAGE CENTER 28 July 2017

To: Capt. Hilderbrand,

Can you provide any info on the completion date of the Memorial Plaza at the Seabee Heritage Center? If their is a dedication ceremony, some of my Seabee Brothers would like to attend and also see the memorial bricks.

Regards,
EA3 Vernon Abbott

Subject: RE: SEABEE HERITAGE CENTER 28 July 2017

Vernon,

Work on the Plaza is proceeding NMCB 13 has just completed the concrete work. The bricks should be done by late October. Our target date for the dedication ceremony is Friday, 1 December with RADM Muilenburg, the Chief of Civil Engineers, as the speaker for the ceremony. After the New Year, a contractor will be brought in to install an awning over the new entrance to the Seabee Heritage Center which is being moved from the north side of the building to the east side where the Memorial Plaza is.

As we get closer, we plan to send an invitation to all those who purchased a brick.

Bill (Hilderbrand, President, Gulfport Seabee Historical Foundation)


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To Seabee Shipmates and all others:

My apologies for not entering the website address of Redbird Research LLC. It is on the left web site block of this entry. Sorry.

Send me an email if you need more information.


Added: July 22, 2017
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Greetings Seabees, their relatives and all other military folks:

There are many Seabees and military folks who for whatever reason have never gotten a copy of their own service record, only a DD-214 when they were discharged. Then they lost that. The NMCB 62 Alumni Group Members, whose dues pay for this website, have been trying to find a civilian researcher who, for a fee you pay, will do what paperwork is required, go to whatever place the service records are kept, jump through the hoops and get a copy of that persons service record for them.

Our NMCB 62 Alumni Group is in the process of getting the Battalions personnel reports (these are NOT individuals service records), from 1966 to 1971. It has proven to be not an incredibly good life experience trying to deal with some government historical records storage agencies. So, I have hired a researcher from Washington, DC to help us. He does not do individual service record retrieval so I asked him how our individual Seabees, or their dependents or relatives can get a copy of their own individual service records. He responded that he knows just such a person who does individuals military service records. Her name is Lori Miller from the St. Louis, MO area and her contact info is in the following guestbook entry. Each Seabee, or any military person or relative can contact Lori Miller directly. It is not necessary to go through our NMCB 62 Alumni Group to contact Lori Miller. It is my/our hope that those hundreds who have been trying for many years to get a copy of their service record to help with a VA claim or any other claim will finally be successful.

I am personally confident that Lori Miller will get results for those who have been unsuccessful trying to get a copy of their service record.

I have another document with this and more information which I will email to anyone who requests. My email address is above.


Added: July 20, 2017
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To All Seabees from Secretary Norm Hahn.

I have received this information from our Battalion civilian researcher, Mike Constandy, who lives in Washington, DC. He is the person I have hired to get copies of our Officer and Enlisted Battalion records. NOT the individual service records. The following is edited by Secretary Norm:

Hi Norm,
Sorry I missed your call about personnel records. My contact at the National Personnel Records Center (Individual Service Records) (NPRC-St. Louis) is Lori Miller of Redbird Research, LLC and her email is (see above for her email address).

Lori is an excellent researcher and very diligent, and I am certain your group members will find the same to be true when she works on their case(s). I have copied her on this email.

Lori, Norm Hahn is the Secretary of the NMCB-62 Association and he and his colleagues periodically need personnel research. I hope the two of you can work together and I believe Norm may already have a request.

This is Sec Norm again. Any Seabee or relative who wants to get his/her or a relatives Navy Service Record can personally contact Lori Miller to request her to work on your behalf. You will be charged a fee for her work.


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Ahoy mateys. Just a quick hello. Who knew when one of the EA's made me a shortimers calendar while deployed to Puerto Rico 1980-81- I would reverse course and stick around for another 20 years retiring as PNC(SCW).

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After many years of searching, I have finally been able to obtain a copy of the Notice of Separation for my father's brother, Christy Schweitzer. He survived Iwo Jima only to pass away in 1947. I now know that he was in the NMCB 62nd Battalion and part of the Assault Phase on Iwo Jima. I am the last of my generation and wish to find out as much as I can about the 62nd. Uncle Christy never married, so there are no children or grandchildren to remember him. Any leads to books or other documents that will help me learn more will be greatly appreciated. Thank you all.

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Had a great time meeting me with my fellow "Seabees" at the April 2017 reunion. Plan on attending next year. This must be my year for reunions. Stayed with Joe Dixie, PN, and family in Cicero NY in June. "Diz" as we used to call him served with us in Danang 68, Dong Ha 69, and Danang 70. Roger Champine, Alpha Company Clerk, Danang 68 and Dong Ha 69. and his wife were also there. Roger lives in Louisiana so hopefully he can join us next year and meet up with that big group that attended from Alpha Company.

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I was looking for Delos Oliver NMCB62 66-68 and ran across this: Delos L. (Ollie) Oliver died unexpectedly on January 8, 2011 after a brief illness. He is survived by his son, Shaun (Heather) Oliver; two daughters, Paige and Chiara Oliver; brother, Lee Rupert; grandchildren: Donovan, Miranda, Mitchell, Dylan, Gavin, Ava; niece and nephews, Mark and Todd Oliver, Jenna and John Rupert. He was predeceased by his parents, Orange and Virginia; one brother, Tony Oliver. Ollie retired from NYSEG, served in the U.S. Navy NMCB62 from 1966-70. He enjoyed his retirement by spending time working on his sawmill, spending time with his dog Rocket, friends and family. Ollie was a very generous man and touched the lives of many people. The garage was always open to all. A gathering in his honor will be held at Ollie's garage on Friday, January 14th, from 1 p.m. on. Arrangements are by Nichols Funeral Home, Whitney Point, NY.

Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from Jan. 11 to Jan. 13, 2011


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Being a seabee was one of the best times of my life.

Added: June 11, 2017
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YN3, served NMCB-62, 1979-1981. Trying to find cruise books for Rota, 1979-1980, and Roosevelt Roads, 1980-1981.

Added: June 9, 2017
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