Basic utilities are a huge part of military undertaking — and here you can see the Naval Construction Force in action. This photo captures a US Navy Seabee Utilitiesman of the 34th Naval Construction Battalion working on a water purification supply system, one of the many men at work during the Solomon Islands Campaign. The Seabees were an important part of the US Naval Construction Force. They were skilled workers but, unlike private construction companies, the individuals could trade their tools for weapons at a moment’s notice. It was a model that had been previously set out by the US Marines but, seeing the benefit of the dual skills, the US Navy soon followed suit.
British Solomon Islands (today, Solomon Islands). August 1945.