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More than 325,000 men served with the Seabees during the war, building and fighting on six continents and more than 300 islands in the Pacific, where they were needed most. The Seabees worked side-by-side with Marines, coming ashore to work as soon as Marines secured the beachheads. They built 111 major airstrips and 441 piers, tanks for the storage of 100 million gallons of fuel, housing for 1.5 million men and hospitals for 70,000 patients. Retired Senior Chief Electrician Stonewall Sterrett enlisted in the Navy as a young man in 1943. His battalion shipped to the Admiralty Islands in the South Pacific in 1945 and trained at Guadalcanal before landing at Okinawa, Japan, where he stayed until the war's end. "When news broke that the war had ended we were all pretty excited because it meant we would be going home," recalled Sterrett. "I had been overseas for about 15 to 20...

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