Here is a SeaBee story from Vietnam:
That’s a great story. There’s always someone who can figure it out. My old seabee buddy, with whom I’m still in contact, always says “Give the hardest job to your laziest worker and he’ll figure out the easiest way to do it.”
Here’s one of my favorites:
On 15 September 1950 U.S. troops landed at Inchon in what has come to be known as one of the most brilliant amphibious assaults in history. Seabees achieved renown as the men who made it possible. Battling enormous thirty-foot tides and a swift current while under continuous enemy fire, they positioned pontoon causeways within hours of the first beach assault. Following the landing, the incident known as the “Great Seabee Train Robbery” took place. The need to break the equipment bottleneck at the harbor inspired a group of Seabees to steal behind enemy lines and capture some abandoned locomotives. Despite enemy mortar fire, they brought the engines back intact and turned them over to the Army Transportation Corps.