On This Day: 25th NCR Seabees Take Part in Operation Overlord (D-Day)

JUNE 6, 1944

More than 200,000 Allied Nation forces stormed the beaches of France in a massive operation named OVERLORD. Each beach had a different code name, Omaha, Utah, Gold, Juno, and Sword.

The common element to each of the beaches was the artificial harbors that allowed for supply transport during and in the days after the operation. These “harbors” were actually pontoon causeways as seen in the image below:

Photo 6

Every Allied Nation and every U.S. armed forces branch played a part in OVERLORD, including the Navy and especially the Seabees. More than 10,000 Seabees from various units comprising the 25th Naval Construction Regiment were charged with not only building and maintaining these causeways, but also ensuring safe landing and operability of equipment on the sandy beaches. This required the rapid placement of marston matting that allowed for machine operation on the beaches, a vital tool which was noted as one of the elements that lead to the Allied Nations winning the war.

Photo #3 Marston Matting

Periscope Films‘ YouTube page hosts a myriad of archived military footage, including this declassified movie that goes into full detail the Seabees role in Normandy:

The Seabee Museum’s Atlantic Theater presentation also tells the story of the Seabee’s D-Day involvement:

150606-N-JU810-002

With a closer look at the beautiful mural:

A mural that depicts the landing at Normandy. At center is a pontoon causeway in which their transport, usage, placement and maintenance was under the charge of the Seabees.

A mural that depicts the landing at Normandy. At center is a pontoon causeway in which their transport, usage, placement and maintenance was under the charge of the Seabees.

Since their inception in WWII, the Seabees have been involved in every conflict and humanitarian effort in which the United States played a part. Normandy was a prime example of how the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the Seabees and Civil Engineer Corps helped elevate the community into the robust force we know it today.

For more info and imagery on D-Day, be sure to check out our parent command, Naval History and Heritage Command’s presentation.

2 comments on “On This Day: 25th NCR Seabees Take Part in Operation Overlord (D-Day)

  1. GP Cox says:

    Fantastic post to honor the courage of these men on a day when so many were lost for the sake of freedom.

    Like

  2. Reblogged this on Jersey Girl Today and commented:
    Glad to read about the additional contribution by the U.S. Navy’s Construction Battalion. (SeaBees).

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s