Activities of the Seabees on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, during World War II. Seabees seen salvaging ships damaged and sunk during the Japanese December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.Seabees seen on the deck of the USS California (BB-44). U.S. warship fires guns at Guadalcanal. U.S. Marines land on Guadalcanal and advance in long line across the island. Marines firing heavy field artillery. Seabees begin rebuilding Henderson Field, surrounded by fire and smoke of battle. Ground and aerial views of Henderson field, with destroyed U.S. fighter bombers seen. From the air, many small airplanes and several B-17s can be seen. Seabees filling shell and bomb craters on the field. U.S. Marines firing firing antiaircraft weapons against attacking Japanese airplanes. Two Japanese airplanes plunging in flames. An empty life vest floating in the water. The Seabees continue rebuilding and expanding Henderson Field using Marston matting (pierced steel planking). A Navy Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber lands at the newly repaired field. U.S. Air Force B-17s take off from Henderson Field.
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