Curator’s Corner- NMCB 74 and the FEARLESS Beaver

A piece of history we don’t want to miss.

U.S. Navy Seabee Museum

Fearless Beaver of NMCB 74 FEARLESS Beaver of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 74 [U.S Navy Seabee Museum] Many Seabee Battalions can trace their battalion history back to World War II and the creation of the Construction Battalions. The “Fearless 74,” better known as Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 (NMCB) is one of those battalions. Originally known as the 74th Naval Construction Battalion (NCB), they were activated April 28, 1943, at the Naval Construction Training Center in Camp Perry, Williamsburg, Virginia.

From the battalion’s humble beginnings during WWII, the 74th NCB used the beaver as their battalion logo. Frank J. Iafrate, who created the idea for the Seabee logo, his first idea was originally a beaver, the builder. But after some research, it was found that while beavers are good builders, however when threatened, they retreat; where bees are both builders and fighters. So the beaver idea was abandoned.

patch for NMCB 74 with beaver Mobile Construction…

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on September 24, 2016, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 44 Comments.

  1. Great post, enjoyed reading that history on the SeaBees, and good to read the added info on the origin of The Beaver.

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  2. very special story selecting a bever


  3. GP, I never knew of this so it’s an enlightening story for me

    As an aside on one of my vacations I went to see the Naval museum in Norfolk which I enjoyed. I hate to say this but my favorite was the building with all the scrimshaw. It was one of the most beautiful art displays I’ve ever seen.

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  4. Interesting change in logo.

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  5. I grew up in Port Hueneme, across the street from the SeaBees base. Several uncles, cousins and in-laws worked there.

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  6. Interesting story about the logo. Have never seen a live beaver but have heard they are tough.

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  7. My uncle was a Seabee, I never really knew what that meant! 🙂

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  8. About my comment on tilt wall. I stand corrected. Tilt wall was patented in 1908 by Robert Akin. At least the part about the Seabees using it is true. Sorry to take up space on your blog.

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  9. My brother was a SeaBee, and the bee logo is tattooed on one calf and an incredible oriental dragon on the other. He served in Thailand and Okinawa mostly. I don’t know if he ever knew about this part of the SeaBee history. I’ll have to pass this pon to him.

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  10. Interesting post. Thanks!

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  11. Too bad they gave up on the beaver.

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  12. That Seabees beaver looks like he’s ready to take someone on! What an A+ battalion mascot.

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  13. The two times I encountered beavers, I retreated. They seemed quite hostile. Thanks for the beaver logo story.

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  14. Beavers are relentless builders. You might want to just let them have thd spot they want, ’cause they aren’t good at taking no for dan answer. I think fighting beavers works. And the guy is kinda cool looking.

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  15. A commercial construction process called “tilt wall” was created and developed by the Seabees. Most of the warehouses and factories, new and old, you see around today are tilt wall.

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  16. CAN DO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  17. Interesting history about choosing the logo, and the animal (or insect) to represent the hard-working Seabees. The stuffed beaver has a great expression too!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  18. Can we see some of your pictures in uniform?


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