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Submitted by: Bob Smith, 2020 Gulfport Reunion Committee

From: Gulfport, Mississippi

Email: smithrp@cableone.net

Added: 04/06/2020

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Bob Smith sent me an email about individual refunds for the $$$$ we all paid for the 2020 Gulfport All Seabee Reunion which was cancelled because of COVID-19.

Hello Norm,
We will be mailing out refund checks. We have to wait for our treasurer to come out of quarantine.
A handful of people will get an online refund and a few will have their checks that we havent deposited returned to them too. Bob (Sent from my iPhone)

Submitted by: jim wisinski

From: Botkins, Ohio

Email: jwisinski@bolca.net

Added: 04/01/2020

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june 81 to june 85, CM2, then to ACB 2

Submitted by: Greg Miller

From: Buckhannon, West Virginia

Email: tmachinegasser@gmail.com

Added: 04/01/2020

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I was a CM2 1984 - 1986

Submitted by: Norm Hahn, NMCB 62 Secretary

From: Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Email: normhahnjr@yahoo.com

Added: 03/31/2020

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How do YOU want your name to look on our (this) website?

It's your name, and I'll put it any way you want, except rude or cursing.

Example: Hahn Jr., Norman E. or: Hahn, Norman Edward, or Hahn, Norm, or Hahn, Stormin Norman.

Let me know, it's your choice. My email address is listed above.

Submitted by: Samuel Swank

From: daingerfield, tx.

Email: sjs1125@aol.com

Added: 03/26/2020

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just reading some post on this page, I was sent to camp lejune in either 69 or 70, for about a week. I don't remember the year, only 20 to 30 men. I remember one of there drills was to last all morning and it took us 30 minutes. also, some of the completion reports are wrong it states that a dozer hit a landmine on 7-11-70 on ltl 1, it was on ltl 4, I know this because I was the operator, much later (years) I was awarded a purple heart.

Submitted by: Norm Hahn, NMCB 62 Secretary

From: Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Email: normhahnjr@yahoo.com

Added: 03/21/2020

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This is the "Official" Notice of the 2020 Gulfport All Seabee Reunion Cancellation
Hello Seabees,
Due to the coronavirus outbreak we have had to cancel the 2020 All Seabee Reunion in Gulfport, Ms. The good news is we will be refunding everyone their entire payment by check.
Please be patient with us as we notify all of our Seabees that have paid.
We will have an All Seabee Reunion next year 22-25 April 2021.
If you have any questions call me (228)424-1185 or Jon Scott (228)669-6868. Thank you, Bob Smith (Email sent 21 March 2020. Bob is on the Gulfport Island X-1 Reunion Committee )

Submitted by: Norm Hahn, NMCB 62 Alum Secretary

From: Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Email: normhahnjr@yahoo.com

Added: 03/13/2020

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Here is a note from Jon Scott, the head of the April 2020 Gulfport All Seabee Reunion (which NMCB 62 attends). Received Thu, Mar 12 at 10:08 PM.

"We will not make a decision until our island meeting next Thursday, 19 March. Until then the planning and preparations continue.

Jon" (sent from my iPhone)

Sec Norm says: so we must all wait and see. In these uncertain times, COVID-19, with things changing so rapidly we must error on the side of caution and safety. As soon as they decide and inform me, I'll inform you.

Submitted by: Ray Cormier

From: Plano, Texas

Email: Raycor292@gmail.com

Added: 03/06/2020

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Served in 62 for three years, until my retirement as an EAC , June 1973.

Submitted by: Stanley Rodgers Park

From: Texas

Email: rodgerspark@hotmail.com

Added: 02/07/2020

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I served with MCB 62 in 69 and was at Camp Barnes in Dong Ha. I was in Delta Company and my rate was BU2.

Submitted by: Norm Hahn, NMCB 62 Secretary

From: Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Email: normhahnjr@yahoo.com

Added: 01/22/2020

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This is an on-going conversation between Bill Hilderbrand, NMCB 62 Life Member, and Secretary Norm about the definition of "Who is a Plank Owner of NMCB 62?. (It is edited)

Norm,
I think this is a topic to discuss with the reunion group leadership and reach a consensus as to the criteria you want to go by. Certainly everyone present at the commissioning ceremony qualifies. Another group to consider would be anyone who had reported prior to the commissioning date for transfer to the battalion, but were unable for some reason to be present (away at school, on sick leave, emergency leave, TAD elsewhere, etc.). You may also want to consider anyone who reported to the battalion after the commissioning date, but in time to make the first deployment - many of them would have received their orders prior to the commissioning date, but were unable to detach their last duty station and report in time. There were a lot of guys at the CTU finishing their basic Seabee training who then headed to the battalion. Also, with the battalion in homeport for six months before deploying, you may also find some guys who didnt deploy because they didnt have enough active duty time left to go on deployment (they were leaving the active Navy) - but that is no reason for them to be denied plank ownership status.
You can make it as simple as you like, or agree on some flexibility.
Just some thoughts. Bill (Hilderbrand, CAPT, CEC, Retied).

See below for the response Captain Hilderbrand received from NHHC
(Naval History and Heritage Command) relative to plank owner . Also take a look at the website link he included.

"Plank owner" is a traditional term and is not covered by Navy regulation. The term has been defined in different ways by different Navy units. Originally, this term applied only to crew members present at the ship's first commissioning. Please see information on this tradition on our website at Naval History and Heritage Command - Heritage Customs and Traditions Plank Owners.

This is Secretary Norm: NMCB 62 was recommissioned at NCBC, Gulfport on 2 July 1966. Our first deployment left for Vietnam in December 1966 and returned to Gulfport in August 1967. I am in agreement with Captain Hilderbrand regarding who meets the criteria for "NMCB 62 Plank Owner". We will have more member discussion and reach a consensus after the 2020 April reunion.