The need for a militarized construction force became evident after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. On D-Day Seabees were the first ashore as naval combat demolition units. Their task was to remove German defensive beach obstructions built to impede amphibious landings.
U.S. Naval Construction Force – W. W. Welker
- Model: four barrel hinge, flat bottom
- Year: 1937 - 43
- Status: in collection