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This hand painted 53rd Naval Construction Battalion sign was brought home by one of the battalion officers after WW2. It turned up on a table at a local antique show after being sold at an estate sale. At first I wasn't sure if it was painted and used during the war or later as a souvenir. My gut feeling, just based on the nice aging of the piece and the original wood frame, was that it was from the period. Going through the 53rd NCB unit history published in 1946 I found a photograph taken in Guam of the same sign displayed with a cake celebrating 2 years overseas. Most likely this sign traveled with the unit as they island hopped across the pacific and hung on the door of their HQ. Sadly, the officer who brought it home passed away years ago. The 53rd was a very busy outfit serving with the 1st Marine Amphibious Corps at Bougainville and Guadalcanal and later on Guam.



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I agree its very cool! Super sign for the room!

Pvt. James H. Honey 1st Md. Eastern shore Vol. Inf. Co. D (union) Gettysburg
Pvt. George Eddie Lear 26th Inf. Co.H 1st Div .(WW1) P.H. WIA Cpl. Richard Elsea 268th C.A. Bn. Battery A. WW2 SSgt. Grant Elsea 314th Inf. Hq.Co. I.R.79thDiv. WW2
Cpl. Harry Lawrence Butler Jr 23rd Regt. WIA Korea Lt. George Olin Tilghman 111th MG. 29th Div. WW1 DIS France 1919

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That thing is awesome! I am always looking for nice seabee related items like this! I have never seen one like it! Cheers

Please Remember the Following Service Members who have passed on!


Manley S Webb- 1925-2006 US Navy WW2

James W Boutilier - 1921-1983 US Navy Seabees WW2

Russell W Haight - 1876-1953 Spanish American War, Cuban Pacification, Mexican Border War NYNG

Lt Colonel William H Warren 1921-2014 USAF

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That is fantastic! Probably hung in the HQ tent/hut/structure through the war.

"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."

*Sherlock Holmes in "A Scandal in Bohemia"*


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