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By William Bradford Huie

When William Bradford Huie, a reporter for H. L. Mencken's American Mercury, joined the U.S. army in 1943, he got a fee as a public family officer within the little-known Civil Engineer's Corps development Battalions--the Seabees. With the ebook of Can Do! the next 12 months, american citizens quickly got here to understand the importance of the corps's paintings and the risk in their wartime actions. As readable and unique at the present time because it was once a few fifty years in the past, this account tells the tale of the Seabees who landed with the Marines at Guadalcanal and Wake Island, Sicily and Salerno. skilled civilian engineers, carpenters, steam-shovel operators, plumbers, truck drivers, surveyors, and so forth, they landed with the 1st waves of yank attack troops, bringing heavy apparatus ashore to construct roads, bridges, and airfields and service no matter what they can. frequently operating lower than enemy fireplace, they incurred many casualties and gained the deep recognize of each person who got here into touch with them.

Huie's e-book is stuffed with lively debts of the Seabees's achievements within the Aleutians, the South Sea islands, Europe, and Africa. A passionate and convincing recommend, Huie wrote the publication not just to name cognizance to their accomplishments yet to function an thought to others, and he usually has the Seabees inform their tales of their personal phrases. Appendixes supply necessary information, together with lists of casualties, award recipients, and Seabees' poems. An creation by means of Donald R. Noble is incorporated during this new paperback edition.

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