Honoring Shields: Events Around the Country


Various commands around the country will join the Seabee Museum in honoring Medal of Honor recipient Marvin G. Shields by hosting their own commemorations. Check out and see what’s in your region:

Gardiner, Washington
June 10, 2015 at 11 a.m.

NAVFAC Northwest is conducting a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the loss of Medal of Honor recipient CM3 Marvin G. Shields. A remembrance ceremony is planned at his gravesite at the Gardiner Cemetery in Gardiner, WA.

shields gravestone

The event is to remember and honor the heroic actions of CM3 Shields, Seabee Team 1104 and U.S. Army Special Forces Detachment A-342 for their heroic actions during the battle of Dong Xoai. The host of the event is CAPT Mark Geronime, Commanding Officer Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest. Invited guests include: Governor Jay Inslee, Washington State, Joan Shields-Bennett, CAPT (Ret) Dick Bennett, RADM Kate Gregory, FORCM Chris Levesque, members of Seabee Team 1104 and their families, 5th Special Forces Commander, and members of Detachment A-342 and their families.

All Seabee veterans and their families are invited, as well as the general public. Refreshments will be served immediately after the ceremony at the Gardiner Community Center and the local Port Townsend (WA) American Legion Marvin Shields Post 26 will also have open house with food and drinks.

POC: Leslie Yuenger, Public Affairs Officer, NAVFAC NW email: leslie.yuenger@navy.mil   phone: 360-396-6387.

RSVP here.

Military: Summer White
Civilian: Appropriate Attire

Port Hueneme, California
June 10 at 6p.m.

The U.S. Navy Seabee Museum will be presenting a lecture by museum director Dr. Lara Godbille on the Battle of Dong Xoai, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the those events. Parking and admission are free. Open to the public.

1001 Addor St.,
Port Hueneme, CA 93043
POC: Dr. Lara Godbille email: seabeemuseum@navy.mil   phone: 805-982-5167

Gulfport, Mississippi
June 12 at 10 a.m.

Naval Mobile Construction Battalion ELEVEN will be commemorating the 50th anniversary of Medal of Honor recipient CM3 Marvin G. Shields. The ceremony will be conducted at Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, MS, Base Training Hall, building 446. The event will be highlighted with a special presentation by Dr. Lara Godbille, the director of the Seabee museum. The presiding officer is CDRE John Adametz, Commander Naval Construction Group TWO.

Military: Uniform of the day
Civilian: Appropriate Attire

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