Chip Taylor Communications

Subject: History

World War II Series

A series of award-winning documentaries that tell significant stories of WW II, many that only now can be told. Programs available on 15 individual DVDs, Digital Streaming Files or Videos; also in a 15-Disc Set. For pricing call in US: 800.876.2447/Intl. 603.434.9262 or e-mail
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A Salute to the 60th Seabees (WWII) - Level 1

Salute to the 60th Seabees (WWII), A - Level 1

The 60th U.S. Naval Construction Battalion (known as the 60th Seabees) was established in 1941 for the specific purpose of building and defending airstrips in the Southwest Pacific during World War II. The battalion recruited its members primarily from the Midwest, seeking mature individuals with established construction skills. In a matter of months, fully indoctrinated and combat-ready members of the 60th Seabees found themselves aboard three Landing Ship Tanks approaching Woodlark Island off the coast of New Guinea. Thirteen days later on September 15, 1944, they had constructed a fully operational 3,000-foot landing strip. This program, narrated by Virgil A. Kellogg, Ph.D., former member of the 60th Seabees and a historian for their Reunion Association, provides living testimony to the accomplishments of this extraordinary unit, and to the unusual courage, skill, fortitude, and perseverance of its members. Through rare archival photographs and compelling personal recollections, Dr. Kellogg tells the truly remarkable story of this short-lived but inspirational combat construction unit. Enduring oppressive heat and humidity, nagging insects, tropical diseases, and enemy bombings, the 60th Seabees helped build three major airstrips in the Southwest Pacific, facilitating the establishment of U.S. air superiority in the South Pacific which eventually led to the surrender of the Japanese in World War II. This program commemorates that essential contribution to the defense of the United States. Produced by Chip Taylor. 04/09DE JSCA 30 min.
Note: An unedited version, A Salute to the 60th Seabees (WWII), is available.
Associated Movie: The Fighting Seabees - starring John Wayne, Susan Hayward and Dennis O'Keefe

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