SIXTH SPECIAL SEABEES BATTALION
The first section of the Sixth Special NCB arrived at Hueneme on
April 10, 1943, and embarked
May 1, arriving at Nandi, Fiji Islands on May 15. On Dec. 29,1943, the first
Nandi, arrived at Guadalcanal Jan. 3, 1944, then left there Jan.16 for
Bougainville, landing there four days later. The outfit worked at this base
and also sent a
detachment to the Treasury Islands, which rejoined the main body on
Bougainville, Aug. 18,
1944. The first section left Torokina on Oct.1 and arrived at Ullthi ten
days later. The Sixth
Special was inactivated early in July, 1945, on Oahu and sent back to the.
The second section of the Sixth Special left Hueneme
June 11, 1943, for Guadalcanal. On
Sept. 29, the first echelon of the second section embarked for Vella La
Vella, and on Oct.
20, the second echelon left for the Russell Islands. Both units
were attached to the Fourth
Marines Advanced Depot. The first echelon left Vella. La Vella on Nov.
22, 1943, arriving
at Bougainville the next day, and the second echelon left the Russells
Dec. 19 and joined the
first echelon on Dec. 23. Parts of the first and second sections combined
and were sent to
the Treasury Islands March 1944. The second section of the Sixth Special was
in June 1945. .
This "official" summary of the tour of the 6th Special
Seabees fails to include the ill-fated landing of a portion of the 6th
Special in Samar as US forces scrambled to establish bases around the Leyte
Gulf. see Frank Jardin's dramatic account.
From John Esposito: My unit was the 6th Special
Naval Constructon Battalion. the 6th was in New Caledonia, Guadalcanal,
Bougainville, Samar, Philippines, and Ulithi Atoll.
Companies A&B landed on Samar, while C&D landed on
Ulithi. After 21 months we sailed to Hawaii for a two month rest when we
learned we may invade Japan. August 8, 1945 we heard the news of two bombs.
Sept. 1945 we sailed home I spent more time overseas than I served in the
U.S. Still not enough points for discharge until May of 1946 two weeks later
I celebrated my 21 birthday.