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He gave his last full measure, great film about combat engineers

  • Aug 12, 2010
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As a retired army officer and an adjunct history professor I thought it was important to review what I consider the best war movies depicting the challenges of leadership and the command of men.
I always liked John Wayne in war movies more than in westerns.  In "The Fighting Seabees the "Duke" plays Lt. Cmdr Wedge Donovan, a civilian construction manager who is tasked to form the Navy’s first Construction Battalion, (CBCBs=Seabees).   The new CBs have to both build and be ready to fight.Donovan a hard nosed construction manager at first chafes under military control, but once commissioned, he learns the importance of doing things the Navy way.  This turns him into a great leader and his unit into a very effective force.  One of the few movies that the "Duke" dies in.  Makes one just want to cry.

 

Great film about combat engineers

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Quick Tip by . August 13, 2010
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He gave his last full measure. As a retired army officer and an adjunct history professor I thought it was important to review what I consider the best war movies depicting the challenges of leadership and the command of men. I always liked John Wayne in war movies more than in westerns.      In "The Fighting Seabees the "Duke" plays Lt. Cmdr Wedge Donovan, a civilian construction manager who is tasked to form the Navy's first Construction Battalion, (CB CBs=Seabees). …
review by . August 13, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
He gave his last full measure.
As a retired army officer and an adjunct history professor I thought it was important to review what I consider the best war movies depicting the challenges of leadership and the command of men.   I always liked John Wayne in war movies more than in westerns.  In "The Fighting Seabees the "Duke" plays Lt. Cmdr Wedge Donovan, a civilian construction manager who is tasked to form the Navy’s first Construction Battalion, (CBCBs=Seabees).   The new CBs …
Quick Tip by . August 12, 2010
Another great war film by the "Duke."  One of his few films he dies in.  It depicts the important contribution these combat engineers made and how their unit was first formed.  Recommended for any "Duke" or war flick buff.
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Recently graduated with a Masters in Humanities degree from Old Dominion University reading in philosophy and history. I graduated from the Univ. of Miami in 1980 with a B.A. in Political Science; specializing … more
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