Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Seabees Monument already exists on Tinian

There was a story printed in the Marianas Variety today about a recently passed Senate resolution asking the Department of Interior to build a monument to the Seabees who served in the Marianas during World War II.

The newspaper quotes Senator Maria Pangelinan:
“The people of the commonwealth have not forgotten that it was the United States Seabees that led us toward modern day conveniences and provided the necessary infrastructure for our islands,” Pangelinan said.

“In remembrance of the Seabees’ dedication to the islands of Saipan and Tinian, the people of the CNMI desire a monument to be built in their honor,” she added. “The lack of a memorial dedicated to the work of the United States Seabees constitutes a missing page in Saipan’s history.”
If I'm not mistaken, there already is a monument built to honor the Seabees who served here. It is on Tinian.
On a lonely stretch of road between the Tinian Airport and the old North Field stands a simple white memorial to the 107th Naval Construction Battalion. The monument memorializes the Seabees who lost their lives during the construction that took place there during World War II.
Apparently the only thing we've forgotten is that we've already built them a monument...well, except for the people on Tinian who know about it (scroll down to the bottom for a photo of the monument).

1 comment:

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

I received the following message from the Senator:

Hi! Angelo,

Yes, I am aware of the one in Tinian. The Resolution was initially to request for a memorial project dedicated to the 101st Seabees who served in Saipan during WWII. But then, with the recommendation of Don Farrell, we included all the Battalion units. So hopefully, a second monument testifying to the efforts of the 101st Seabees' Battalion with all the units alongside that of their brother warriors, the Marines, would be ackonwledged and remedied.

Many family members have written in favor of a memorial honoring their loved ones and are willing to contribute and come to the CNMI to visit the monument. Sister Marie Castro from Kansas brought it to my attention and asked for my help to work on a Resolution. She keeps in touch with the 101st Seabees/members/families who have indicated their enthusiasm but they suggested the importance of a grassroots' endorsement from the citizens of Saipan for this project.

Best regards. frica