Navy Seabees celebrate 77th birthday at 4th Annual Ball

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Island Cmr Keith Hunter

Navy Seabee Veterans of America (NSVA) Island X-3 CDR EA1 (SCW) Blairsville gathered to celebrate the 77th birthday of Navy Seabees at North Georgia Technical College’s Ballroom in Blairsville. Tickets for the March 1st ballroom event were sold out, according to Ed Crenshaw, Event Co-ordinator.

Left to Right: Emery, Hunter, Crenshaw

The Seabee Ball began the evening ceremonies at 1815 by Island X-3 CDR EA1 Keith Hunter, USN-Ret. This was followed by an invocation from Chaplain CE1 (SCW) Richard Hoibraten, USN-Ret.

Posting of the Colors was provided by Mountain Area Christian Academy (MACA) JRROTC Cadets. The equivalent of a public high school ROTC program. MACA’s Elizabeth Lee, Danielle Mannellino, Tara Carroll, Mattie Coffey, Destiny Carroll, Danny Gonsalus, and Elijah Carroll participated.

Chaplain CE1 Richard Hoibraten

MACA JRROTC posts the colors

Highlights of the ball consisted of:

  • Meaning of the Missing Man chair and table: Chaplain Richard Hoibraten, USN-Ret.

  • “Amazing Grace”: Chief Warrant Officer Jerry Cannon on bagpipes.

    CWO and Mrs Jerry Cannon

  • Introduction of Special Guests: Clarance “Bud” Johnson and Tom Pike.

  • History of Seabees: CMDCM (SCW) Neal Beard, USN-Ret.

Clarance “Bud” Johnson and Jack Pope- WWII Veterans

Johnson was a witness to the flag raising in Iwo Jima. He will celebrate his 97th birthday this week. Another WWII veteran, Jack Poke, was also in the audience enjoying the evening.

A silent auction, door prizes, military trivia, great food and appetizers were followed by DJ, Bill Grove.

Grove kept the attendees on the dance floor for the last two hours of the Ball with many of their favorite tunes ranging from the 1940’s to current hits.

It was a wonderful time of laughter and camaraderie by all who attended.

NSVA Island X-3 CDR EA1 (SCW) Blairsville is seeking new members. More information can be obtained by contacting Ed Crenshaw [email protected] or Keith Hunter [email protected].

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Navy Seabees Celebrating 77th birthday


The Ball is listed as an All Military Ball is in recognition of the NAVY Seabees 77th Birthday. We hope to have representation from all Military Branches in attendance.,” stated Ed Crenshaw of NSVA Island X-3 Blairsville.

NSVA stands for Naval Seabee Veterans of America. (

All Military branches, Veterans, and Civilian Guests are invited to be with us on March 2,for this gala event.

This wonderful event will be held in the Ball Room of North Georgia Technical College in Blairsville. It starts at 5:30 pm with dinner, music, DJ, and dancing.

Tickets information can be obtained by contacting Ed Crenshaw (706)379-3472 or Keith Hunter (904)733-8698.

Final date of sales will be Friday, February 28, 2019. 

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