Fighting Tradesmen

Fighting Tradesmen (HMPC8)

Location: North Chicago, IL 60088 Lake County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 18.705', W 87° 50.413'

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During World War I, the Public Works Department at Great Lakes was tasked with the original construction of new facilities. Originally, Public Works was to use local civilian contractors. The problem, however, was that patriotic tradesmen joined the armed forces in such numbers at Great Lakes that there were not enough qualified civilians to meet local construction needs. Captain Moffett and the Public Works Officer looked to new recruits with construction skills as a solution to the problem. As their numbers increased, they needed a military structure and soon acquired regimental status, becoming the Twelfth Regiment (Public Works). Tradesmen initially spent three or four months at Great Lakes before transferred to sea duty or deploying to other commands.

They became known as the "Fighting Tradesmen" because of their outstanding performance and were a precursor to the World War II "Fighting Seabees".
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HM NumberHMPC8
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Placed ByNaval Station Great Lakes
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Date Added Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 6:43pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 430755 N 4684732
Decimal Degrees42.31175000, -87.84021667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 18.705', W 87° 50.413'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 18' 42.30" N, 87° 50' 24.78" W
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Area Code(s)847
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 150-174 Decatur Ave, North Chicago IL 60088, US
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