Seabees work to control malaria in the Solomon Islands during World War II.
Solomon Islands Date:1943 Duration:3 min 21 sec Sound:Yes
Activities of the U.S. Navy Seabees in the Solomon Islands during World War II. A jeep struggles through flooded muddy area in Solomon islands. Palm trees all around. A quonset hut in flooded waters. A man wades through thick mud over what had been a U.S. constructed road. A man suffering from malaria is examined. Malaria patients are cared for. A formal ceremony to honor U.S. troops who died from malaria. A soldier salutes and honor guard with rifles stands at attention. Following instructions from the Medical Command, Seabees commence battle against anopheles mosquitoes (blowup of one is shown). Seabees spray with various equipment and install water filtering systems. Scenes show success of the anti-mosquito measures. Numerous explosions are seen as Seabees use explosives to clear jungle for construction. A Douglas SBD Dauntless aircraft takes off (machine gun in rear cockpit).Seabees bulldoze Palm trees to clear jungle and build numerous quonset huts to house U.S. forces.
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