past-chairman
Lee Peck
2004 Assn. Chrmn.
Nashville, Tennessee
10 - 14 March 2004
1st Reunion
Ken Conklin(deceased)
’05 & ’06 Assn. Chrmn.
Biloxi, Mississippi
16 - 19 March 2005
Charleston, South Carolina
15 - 19 March 2006
2nd & 3rd Reunions
Doug Sayler
2007 Assn. Chairman
Memphis, Tennessee
27 March - 1 April, 2007
4th Reunion
Jim Nunn
2015 Assn. Chairman
Pensacola, Florida
21 - 25 May 2015
12th Reunion
Carl Roberts
’08 & ’14 Assn. Chrmn.
Branson, Missouri
9 - 12 April 2008
Phoenix, Arizona
2 - 5 April 2014
5th & 11th Reunions
John Gallen
’09 & ’16 Assn. Chrmn.
Biloxi, Mississippi
1 - 5 April 2009
Warwick, Rhode Island
11 - 14 May 2016
6th & 13th Reunion
Richard Lynch
2010 Assn. Chairman
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
14 - 18 April 2010
7th Reunion
Bob “R.I.” Johnston
2017 Assn. Chairman
Galveston, Texas
5 - 10 March 2017
14th Reunion
Bob Castaldi
2011 Assn. Chairman
Branson, Missouri
6 - 10 April 2011
8th Reunion
Dr. Charles M. March
2012 Assn. Chairman
Ventura, California
18 - 22 April 2012
9th Reunion
Tom McDearmid
2013 Assn. Chairman
San Antonio, Texas
3 - 7 April 2013
10th Reunion
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conklin
sayler
nunn
roberts
gallen
lynch
johnston
castaldi
march
mcdearmid
gold hoz line

The Fighting Bee

In 1942, Frank J. lafrate, a civilian file clerk at the Naval Air Station in Quonset Point who had artistic talent, was asked by a Navy Lieutenant orig-cb-insignia to create a “Disney type” insignia for the CBs, and the Fighting Bee he created became the international symbol of the Seabees.

His Fighting Bee is shown in the rope border circle.

lafrate Frank J. lafrate became a Seabee later in 1942, served as a Chief Carpentersmate, and became a Graphic Designer after World War II. Over the years, there have been many variations of his Fighting Bee. The Seabees Museum has more info - click here for website. new-cb-insignia.png

Webmaster Ron Kay redrew the Fighting Bee in 2007 and incorporated it in the NMCB 58 Battalion Crest & the NMCB 58 Association Logo based on a version of Frank J. lafrate's unique 1942 graphic design. Later, he also used it in a recreated NMCB 3 Veterans Assn Logo.

Ron produced an updated, All Seabee Seal in 2012 which is available as a high resolution image from him for use by any Seabee organization.