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"Hardest Job in the U.S. Navy Seabees”

In keeping with his family tradition, O’Brien joined the Navy one month after graduating high school in Somerdale, N.J., in 1966. During World War II in the Pacific, his father, John, and his uncles Joe, Marty and Paul, all served in the Blue Water Navy. His uncle Ben also served in the Navy Seabees in the Pacific. After qualifying at age 17, O’Brien was off to boot camp with a rating of Seaman Recruit Nuclear Field.

“The Hardest Job in the U.S. Navy Seabees” is a boots on the ground enlisted man’s story. In addition, it is a detailed time line of O’Brien’s two tours of duty in Vietnam with nearly 100 photographs.

About the author:

John R. O’Brien earned his character and work ethic as a team player while serving in the U.S. Navy Seabees. His service was a stepping stone toward all of his life’s accomplishments. O’Brien is a member of the John J. Morris American Legion Post 62 in Peoria, Ariz., and a lifetime member of the Navy Seabee Veterans of America, Island X-5 in West Valley, Ariz.

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Navy Seabee

July 20, 2011 - 7:46pm

It was a pleasure and privilege to serve my country in the U.S. Navy Seabees, and it is also a privilege to be a member of the American Legion. I thank the American Legion for creating this web site and hope it serves well all of the great patriotic Americans, their families and friends.

Author of this book,
John O'Brien

Navy Seabee

July 23, 2011 - 1:16pm

LORD, STAND BESIDE THE MEN WHO BUILD,
AND GIVE THEM COURAGE, STRENGTH, AND SKILL.
O' GRANT THEM PEACE OF HEART AND MIND,
AND COMFORT LOVED ONES LEFT BEHIND.
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYERS FOR ALL SEABEES,
WHERE'ER THEY BE ON LAND OR SEA.

Navy Seabee

July 23, 2011 - 1:22pm

Inscriptions in golden letters proudly proclaim in words the messages which the panels and figures convey visually. They are:

"SEABEES CAN DO " above the panels, and

"With willing hearts and skillful hands, the difficult we do at once.The impossible takes a bit longer! ", below the panels. On the base which supports the SEABEE and child sculpture is inscribed:

"With compassion for others, we build, we fight for peace with freedom."

Navy Seabee

July 23, 2011 - 1:41pm

WITH WILLING HEARTS AND SKILLFUL HANDS,
THE DIFFICULT WE DO AT ONCE,
THE IMPOSSIBLE TAKES A BIT LONGER

WITH COMPASSION FOR OTHERS
WE BUILD - WE FIGHT
FOR PEACE WITH FREEDOM

Navy Seabee

July 23, 2011 - 4:26pm

27,000 Navy Seabees/CEC Officers served with "Boots on the Ground" in the Republic of Vietnam from 1963 to 30 April 1975.
All gave some...Many gave much...167 gave all
This is the story of 72 Deployments by 24 Battalions over 7 years.

12,000 images and counting...To add yours photos, contact: terry@seabee-rvn.com...or revyj@q.com
visit (seabee-rvn's Photos)

seabeeslittlegirl

August 10, 2011 - 6:43pm

Daddy,

It wasn't until I became an adult, with a family of my own, that I realized so much of what you taught me growing up (and even into adulthood) took root from your honorable, solid hard work and dedication as a Navy Seabee. It has never been so much all you said, but what you did that made all the difference. You set an example by putting your character into action. And thankfully along the way, I took notice! From your grueling long days in Vietnam, to the toil and sweat worked into our family home and provision, I clearly see now, that more than physical labor, it was your heart that poured it out. Behind the building, studying and educating - whether on the battlefield or at home - everything you did (and do)... you did (and do)for others. That is the heart of love. I thank my Heavenly Father for giving me such a beautiful, strong earthly father to look up to. You gave because He first gave. And you love because He first loved. And I see Him in your heart. I love you more

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