- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 is being decommissioned Friday during a ceremony at the Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport.

The battalion, called the “Fearless 74,” was first commissioned in 1943 in Williamsburg, Virginia.

It’s gone from South Pacific island-hopping campaigns aimed at reclaiming Japanese-held territory to working throughout Europe and Africa during a six-month humanitarian operations deployment.

Fearless 74 Commander David McAlister tells The Sun Herald (https://bit.ly/1rOr7v9) that Friday’s ceremony gives the Seabees an opportunity to highlight their accomplishments.

In addition to serving abroad, the battalion has also been a constant along the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the aftermath of hurricanes Camille, Georges and Katrina.

Among its accolades, the battalion earned the Battle Effectiveness Award 11 times, most recently in 2007.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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