CHAPTER 447

STATE OF DELAWARE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, the people of this nation owe a debt of gratitude to the United States Naval Construction Battalion, commonly known as the Seabees, for their contribution to the safety and welfare of our country; and

WHEREAS, after their activation on March 5, 1942, the Seabees saw much service in World War II and were of inestimable value in the Korean conflict; and

WHEREAS, this band of experienced artisans, who prepared the way and assisted in winning the hard-fought battles on beaches in many parts of the world, still stand ready to serve their country through their Active Reserve Units, which keep them alerted to new and modern methods of warfare; and

WHEREAS, the United States Naval Construction Battalion is about to celebrate the Seventeenth anniversary of its activation;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby set aside and declare that March 5, 1958, be marked as

DELAWARE SEABEE DAY

On that day I urge our citizens to recall the deeds of the 250,000 men, many of whom paid the supreme sacrifice in their devotion to duty, who served in the Battalions of World War II and Korea, and give thanks that because of American "know-how" we have a force in being which at a moment's notice can again come to our assistance, in any emergency.

May we remember the air fields, paved roadways and shore installation built by these units, which spurred our fighting forces to their greatest heights, giving them the assurance that here were comrades whose construction genius gave them the opportunity for sure and ultimate victory.

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-fourth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and fifty-eight and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and eighty-second.

(GREAT SEAL)

J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor

JOHN N. McDOWELL, Secretary of State