of a 79th Seabee Veteran
From Saipan to Okinawa - Gunners Mate H. Brady
Monkey Business on Okinawa - 79'er Don Kelly
From the 74th and 79th NCB to Homecoming - 79th Veteran
The Great 79th Seabee Salmon Sneak
Ice Cream Trade on Okinawa
Hoedowns on Okinawa 1945: One memory stands out. We
formed a hillbilly band and toured the island performing at the Seabee camps. We had
a violin, guitar, bass harmonica, accordian played by the leader and I played the
"sweet potato." BOY! We had some great hoe downs!!! A sweet potato is a type of a flute shaped
like a sweet potato, has a mouth piece and 11 different sized holes for various notes.
The accordion player was from Denver. I don't remember his name; he was the
arranger and he was good! We played on Okinawa just about the time the Marines were
mopping up in Naha. Our shows sure did boost the morale of the guys, particularly
the country boys!
- Frank, 79th Seabee Veteran