#AAPIHM17: Not only was Susan Ahn Cuddy the first Asian American woman to join the Navy, she was the first female aerial gunnery officer.
Image: PORT HUENEME, Calif. (May 9, 2015) Susan Ahn Cuddy, a former Navy lieutenant, meets with U.S. Navy Seabee Museum Education Specialist Hanako Wakatsuki after a guest presentation honoring Ahn Cuddy at the Seabee Museum. The presentation was part of the museum’s Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month program. Ahn Cuddy was the first Asian American woman to serve in the armed forces when she joined the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) during WWII. (U.S. Navy photo by Aramis X. Ramirez/Released)
Around the World Wednsday: Seabees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 Construction Civic Action Detail (CCAD) place concrete at a project site in the Kwajalein Atoll. Seabees often complete humanitarian construction alongside local workers.
The Navy Misawa Snow Team braves harsh winter weather in Japan to build a Seabee “Fighting Bee” snow sculpture for the 65th Annual Sapporo Snow Festival in January. This is the 31st year Naval Air Facility Misawa Sailors have competed in the competition.
Caption: Dramatic rescue Firefighters rescue a family from a car dangling over a bridge after a fiery crash, Jan. 12, on Highway 101 near Buellton, Calif. The accident claimed the life of a truck driver.
A team of Navy Seabees happened to be passing by the scene, and the fire crew used a Seabees heavy forklift to stabilize the dangling car. A mother and her two daughters were taken to the hospital.
Yesterday we participated in the White House’s #BHMEditathon as part of their celebration of Black History Month. Our panel of experts (Tina Ligon, Netisha Currie, and Alexis Hill) was part of the group at the White House–along with online participants–who expanded the stories of African Americans in science, technology, engineering,
and math (STEM) using Wikipedia.
We shared some online documents from our holdings to inspire participants.
Many of our records are already in Wikipedia
Commons, but we hope the Wikipedia will dig further into the stories
they are part of–but that have not been told, like this photograph of
African American Seabees.
On January 14, a semi-truck rear ended a BMW on a Santa Barbara highway. Inside the vehicle was a mother and her two daughters, ages 10 and 6 months. The mangled vehicle, partially over a guard rail, teetered between safety on the bridge or death by falling 100 feet below. The Navy Seabees “happened” to be driving on the highway with an unusual fork-lift type of equipment that could support the BMW while firefighters could use the jaws of life to rescue the trapped family. Coincidence? Luck? Synchronicity? Or another power at work? You decide.
Please click the video to watch the story of this amazing rescue.
Please keep the semi-truck driver (may he rest in peace) and his family in your prayers. May God always bless the Navy Seabees, firefighters, police and the other unsung heroes of our armed and protective services.
Around the World Wednesday: Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 40 conduct a patrol during a week-long jungle warfare training course in Okinawa, Japan. The center occupies 17,500 acres of jungle in northern Okinawa and provides instruction to prepare joint forces for jungle combat.
“PATROL ACTION – Three Marines take cover during a patrol activity in the vicinity of Hoi-Dong-Xa beach, Viet Nam. The Marine in the foreground is armed with the M-79 grenade launcher. Marines made a landing at Chu Lai, 53 miles Southeast of Da Nang, on 6-7 May to secure the area and provide security for Navy Seabees building a SATS airfield at Chu Lai.”