I am ALWAYS working on updating the new website. You will be able to log on after I have entered your information on this site. I need your email address and your first and last name and nickname if you want to sign in. I will be updating these entries as often as possible.

Go to log on and enter your email address. Click I forgot my password and one will be sent to you via email. You can then go to your profile and change your password accordingly.

I NEED YOUR HELP IN GETTING THIS SITE UP QUICKLY. TELL YOUR OTHER MCB3 FRIENDS TO GO ON THE SITE AND SIGN THE GUESTBOOK. THEY CAN ALSO SEND INFO TO THE CONTACT US AREA. PLEASE NOTIFY ME OF ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN ANY PORTION OF THE SITE.

I would love a jpeg picture of you, then or now, to add to your member listing. You can also send me a brief history, when served, rating, company and any other comments for me.

Harold 'Doc' Schrage

mcb3doc@gmail.com


I now have the hotel information for you so you can book your rooms at the Courtyard Gulfport Beachfront Hotel by Marriott. The reunion dates are October 19 – 22, 2017 and the easiest way to book is to follow this link Book your group rate for MCB-3 Reunion 75th Anniversary . You may need to cut and paste it. The $109 plus tax rate will be guaranteed until 9/27/17 but don’t wait for that date as I hope we will fill it up earlier than that. Check your Marriott rewards and other programs to take advantage of points you have collected. We are listed as the MCB-3 Reunion 75th Anniversary when you book by phone at 228.864.4310.

With the help of Victor Horvath I am compiling the information on the other details like the cost for the banquet and the sights for us to visit as individuals or as a group. I need to contact the Seabee Base and CEC/Seabee Museum to arrange for our access to the facility. I plan on sending you the complete packet as soon as I complete it, hopefully by the end of the month.

MCB-3 Reunion 75th Anniversary

We will be sending out registration packete in the summer. Please contact me, Harold Schrage, the current president at mcb3doc@gmail.com for additional information.


Howard D. Eskridge (K9GYI), 71, passed away peacefully in his country home near Tuscola, IL on Friday, December 9, 2016 surrounded by family and his favorite furry friend, Miss Sadie Schnauzer.

Howard was born May 15, 1945 in Decatur, IL, the son of Homer and Grace (Howell) Eskridge. He married Kathryn (Meyer) in 1979. On June 29, 1986, he married Judy (Blain) Henderson in Arcola, IL. She survives.

Also surviving are his daughters, Kendra Chriss of Gibson City and Jodi Samsa of Chicago, along with granddaughters, Elise Chriss and Ava Samsa. Howard is also survived by his sister, Judy Day of Tampa, FL and several nieces and nephews.

He received a BS in Business from Milliken University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Governor’s State.

Howard lived his boyhood dream of wanting to be a firefighter by spending 30 years as a firefighter instructor at the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute. In 1973, the Institute was tasked to develop a standardized certified program for fire departments. His work along with others lead to many programs, including basic, standard and advanced level firefighter certification. As a state training instructor, his influence and expertise was often called on to assist fire departments with incidents or designing other training programs. There is no doubt that Howard has saved many lives through his teaching. At the age of 21, he was the youngest paid Fire Chief (Hammond, IL) in the State of Illinois.

Following his retirement from the Fire Institute, he worked part time for Ruhl’s Forensics and Depke Welding-making many new friends along the way. Howard was a unique individual who never knew a stranger.

He was in the US Navy Construction Battalions (SEABEES, MCB3) from 1967 – 1969. Howard proudly wore his Viet Nam Navy Veteran’s hat and always enjoyed interacting with other veterans. His patriotism was an important part of his life. He helped lay to rest many service members.

Howard had many hobbies and talents. He taught himself to weld and keep farm machinery running. His favorite past time was communicating with people all over the world as an amateur radio operator (K9GYI) from his Chicken Bristle Radio Shack. Other talents included public speaking and writing poetry. His greatest joy was living in the country where he could mow, trim and work in his shop. He was a member of the Arcola United Methodist Church, where he once served as lay leader along with narrating choir cantatas for many years. He was also a member of the American Radio Relay League and Arcola VFW Post #7680.



Memorial contributions may be made to the Arcola United Methodist Church, Arcola Fire Department or Arcola Foundation-Allen Roberts Memorial. Howard’s family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Carle Hospital and Carle Hospice for the excellent care and compassion shown to their loved one during his illness.

For further information and to send online condolences please visit www.hilligossshraderfh.com

 

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A section of the Ontario Beach Parkway in Rochester, NY has been dedicated to the US Navy Seabees. Seabee veterans from Rochester, NY Island X-12, Syracuse, NY Island X-19 including state and local officials in attendance. Photos and news video link attached. (Some of you may not be able to open the link directly however you can go to rochesterfirst.com and search for it there.)

http://www.rochesterfirst.com/news/local-news/portion-of-lake-ontario-state-parkway-dediated-to-us-navy-Seabees

 

Information sent in by Norm Sulock for you to see and be proud of.

 

 


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