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#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)

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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.

Mike Eliason / Santa Barbara News

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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.

The National Archives holds records related to the Federal Government, so our STEM-related records featured patents (Michael Jackson’s anti-gravity shoe, Sarah Goode’s patent for a “cabinet-bed”) or space-related images (astronauts!) or war-related records  (Dr. Charles Drew’s letter about collecting blood).

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.

Check out the page and add the stories that inspire you!

An Amazing Resue - Another Power at Work

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.” [1965]