Dear YANK:

Back in 1942 the Regular Navy refused my enlistment in aviation mechanics because I’m color-blind but I was physically fit for the Seabees. After two years I made painter third class and they put me to mixing colors. I’ve held the rate a year in July with never a complaint about colors not matching. What gripes me is that the Navy wouldn’t let me work in a carrier because I was color-blind but my eyes are good enough to decorate officers’ clubs, ect. What use would I have for color in the hold of a carrier?

—C.E. Miller PTR3c, Saipan

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Insignia of the Navy Construction Battalions the “Seabees”.

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US Navy Seabees at work. The Seabees constructed runways, roadways, piers, dredged harbors and completed other very important work for the war effort.

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