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Seabee Compassion at Inchon

Seabees are men and women who have a reputation for being hardened construction workers. After a 12 to 16-hour day moving several thousand yards of fill with a D7 Caterpillar bulldozer or pounding a couple hundred 16-penny nails into concrete forms, they drink all night—or at least, that’s the myth.

Despite this reputation, Seabees are people who have compassion for their fellow humans. Today, several stories are published each year of Seabees who renovate school houses on Guam or help the people of Nicaragua recover from the ravages of Hurricane Mitch. Since the first Seabees deployed to Bora Bora in January 1942, the newswires have been filled with accounts of their compassion.

And of course, the Seabees of ACB 1 who landed at Inchon, Korea in September 1950 are not any different, as demonstrated by these photographs.

Letters home

Chief Carpenter Robert P. LaBouyFew Seabees deploy without considering their family back home. Until the Gulf War, letters were the only practical way of communicating with family. Many servicemen, including Hugh Aaron, whose letter is found on the facing page, wrote constantly.

Chief Carpenter Robert P. LaBouy, company commander of WestPac Det. Pontoon Company of ACB 1, takes time to write a letter to his wife and two children shortly after landing at Inchon.

Compassion for the people of Korea

The two photographs below demonstrate their compassion for the people of Korea.

Hospitalman Philip A. Barone Hospitalman Philip A. Barone feeds a Korean child from a C-ration meal in the days following the landings. 
Fifteen months later, on Christmas Day 1951, Draftsman Third Class John N. Natter, Jr. gives Christmas gifts to an orphan. Natter also served with Det. George on Yo Do Island. Draftsman Third Class John N. Natter, Jr.

This story is found in No. 5 (Winter 1999) of the Seabee Log.

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