WHEREAS, it is important that all of us remember the valiant work of the United States Naval Construction Battalion, established in 1942 to assist in the great conflicts of World War II; and

WHEREAS, this new fighting arm, affectionately, christened the "Seabees" proved its worth on so many occasions by building airstrips overnight and providing landing facilities, headquarters and cover for troops which certainly cut down considerably on the loss of lives; and

WHERAS, at the present time these fighting builders are battling the frozen wastes of the Antarctic, using their know-how to construct bases from which scientific observations will be made during the International Geographical Year 1957-58, which again provides assurance that their. CAN DO spirit will bring success to Operation Deep-Freeze, now

THEREFORE, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby set aside Monday, March 5, 1956, as


and give my hearty approval to those groups who would honor the Construction Battalion on that day. May we always remember that without their know-how and fighting spirit many of us probably would not have come home from the World War II fields of battle. For their devotion, loyalty and service we are eternally grateful.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State to be hereunto affixed at Dover, this

(Great Seal) Twenty-third day of February in the year of Our Lord One thousand nine hundred and fifty-six and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and eightieth.

J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor JOHN N. McDOWELL, Secretary of State