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Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP21 May 2024 5:59 a.m. PST

I thought this was an intriguing article -- how discarded cigar boxes in the Pentagon in pre-WW2 days turned into floating piers used throughout the WW2 theaters, in Korea and Vietnam, and even into the humanitarian relief operation in today's Gaza Strip.



robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP21 May 2024 8:23 a.m. PST

Excellent. Thank you. Please note, though, and the article agrees, NOT "The Pentagon." Navy HQ was on the Mall in those days. The Pentagon was an Army wartime construction, and I don't think the Navy got a floor until the creation of the Defense Department.

I'd love to see a DoD concept the size of the Pentagon turned into reality in a year, but such was the United States, once.

Bismarck21 May 2024 10:59 a.m. PST

Saw that earlier today. Awesome article. Good old Seabees.
God bless them. Always kid a friend of mine that they were
Marine Combat Engineers assigned to the Navy. Of course
he always replies in kind. They sure took good care of us.

Stryderg21 May 2024 5:04 p.m. PST

One of the links in the article lead to a PDF:

That's some impressive work!

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP22 May 2024 9:55 p.m. PST

I'm going to show it to my wife to remind her not to be too hasty to throw things away!

wardog26 May 2024 11:59 a.m. PST

going to do couple of these as models .what color were they painted

Joe Legan16 Jun 2024 4:57 a.m. PST

Interesting indeed. Another unsung hero.

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