CHAPTER 452

STATE OF DELAWARE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, early in 1942--at a time when the future security and life of our Republic were in critical danger--the United States Navy formed its now world famous Construction Battalions, officially and popularly designated as the Seabees; and

WHEREAS, throughout the long months of World War II, nearly a quarter of a million Seabees worked night and day to provide the roadways, airstrips and shore installations, which enabled the armed might of our nation and its allies to prevail over the tremendous force of our enemies. In the Korean Conflict as well, Seabees were actively engaged in amphibious landings and had important roles in stemming the rising tide of communist aggression in that part of the world; and

WHEREAS, today, wherever the interests of our nation require them, the knowledge and ability of the Seabees are being used for the protection of the American people. Back of those on full time active duty is a strong and vitally energetic Seabee Reserve of construction men, trained and ready for further service to the country at any time the need arises; and

WHEREAS, on this 18th Anniversary of their formation, it is fitting that we all pay tribute to the gallantry and accomplishments of the Seabees; now,

THEREFORE, I, J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim March 5, 1960, as

SEABEE DAY

in the State of Delaware and call the attention of our citizens to the proud record of the Seabees in supporting our Armed Forces.

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 sixty and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and eighty-fourth.

(GREAT SEAL)

J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor

GEORGE J. SCHULZ, Secretary of State