WHEREAS, the logistics of contemporary warfare have radically changed the needs and resources required by the modern Army and Navy for the proper defense of nations and for the proper invasion of foes when crisis flares into out-right military conflict; and

WHEREAS, the literal construction of vast harbors, transport centers or air fields out of jungles and upon desert isles is now a part of the every-day planning and problems confronting those in whose hands are committed the military fate of American freedom; and

WHEREAS, one of the notable factors in the development of modern techniques of warfare happened with the establishment, 21 days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, of the United States Naval Construction Battalion, popularly known as the Seabees; and

WHEREAS, since their historic services in World War II and Korea, the Seabees have established new records in naval construction work through their battling of the frozen wastes of Antarctic to build bases for scientific observations which are now being made in the Geophysical Year of 1957-58; and

WHEREAS, the "Can Do" spirit of the Seabees extends into peacetime through their establishment of Reserve components to be ready for any emergency, now

THEREFORE, I, J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor of the State of Delaware, in recognition of the fifteenth anniversary of the Naval Construction Battalion, do hereby declare and set aside, Tuesday, March 5, 1957, as


I call upon fellow citizens to recognize the proud record of our Seabees on this day and urge the continued interest upon the

part of trained men to assist in the expansion of the Seabee program so that our proclaimed target of "Peace Through Strength" philosophy may be fulfilled.

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 Twenty-eighth day of February in the year of Our Lord One thousand nine hundred and fifty-seven and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and eighty-first.


J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor

JOHN N. McDOWELL, Secretary of State