Jim Ramsey joined the Naval ROTC just after enrolling at Cornell University in 1961. After graduating in 1965, he received his ensign’s commission and began working with the Naval Construction Battalion (SeaBees) as an administration officer. His duty stations included Long Beach, Calif., Gulfport, Miss. (including two tours of Vietnam) and San Diego. While in Vietnam, Ramsey’s units worked on projects near Da Nang and Dong Ha.
Mike Rush grew up in West Roxbury with a strong military tradition; relatives on both sides of the family served in the military, especially the Navy. Rush would join the Navy in 1994 while a student at Providence College. He started with a Naval construction battalion (SeaBees), and would eventually move into military intelligence. At the time of the interview, Rush was a state Senator and a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Naval Reserves.
The first time Woburn native Charlie Bevilacqua took a train, it was to go to the U.S. Navy training center at Great Lakes, Ill., in 1948. He would serve in the SeaBees (construction battalion) for 30 years, serving in Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines and the United States. He was part of the construction crew that built the research bases at McMurdo Sound and at the South Pole in Antarctica in 1957. He also saw action at Inchon in Korea as well as in Vietnam.
U.S. Navy 1979–2009
U.S. Navy 1939–1945
This interview covers Mr. Leavitt’s service with the 104 CB and 1050 CB Detachment stateside, as well as New Guinea and the Admiralty Islands.
U.S. Army 1939–1945
This interview covers Mr. Haddad’s service as a heavy equipment operator in the Seabees in New Caledonia, Bora Bora and French Polynesia.