The Navy's role 🇺🇸
During WW2, nearly 325,000 men served as U.S. Navy Seabees. In particular, the Seabee played a vital role in the invasion of Normandy. During D-Day, the Seabees were among the first to go ashore as part of Naval Combat Demolition units. Working with U.S. Army Engineers, their crucial task was to destroy the steel and concrete barriers that the Germans had built in the water and on the beaches to forestall any amphibious landings. When sunrise revealed their presence, they came under brutal German fire. Entire teams were wiped out when shells prematurely detonated their explosives. Despite the danger, the survivors continued to work until all their explosive charges were planted. As a result of their heroic actions, the charges went off on schedule and huge holes were blown in the enemy’s defenses.
After the invasion fleet had arrived off the coast, approximately 10,000 Seabees of Naval Construction Regiment 25 (25th NCR) began manhandling their pontoon causeways onto the beach. It was over these causeways that the infantry charged ashore. Under constant German fire, directed at slowing or stopping the landings, the Seabees succeeded in placing large numbers of these pontoon causeways. Allied troops and tanks subsequently swept ashore in ever greater numbers and pushed the German defenders inland.
They also manned the large ferries known as Rhinos that carried men and supplies from the larger ships to the beaches.
The Seabees also built offshore cargo and docking facilities, piers, and breakwaters.
By July 4, the Seabees had helped land more than a million Allied fighting men on the shore.
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