Pictures of the Wreath For Ben Montoya at the CEC Museum
From Nils Rueckert
At nearby Port Hueneme, CA
stands the relatively new multi-million dollar Seabee Museum, which has a
permanent exhibit in the entrance lobby honoring the life and career of Ben
Montoya, 5th Co. With the news of his passing, I took on the
personal commitment of presenting a wreath on behalf of the class. Ben had
been the chairman of the board of the CEC/Seabee Historical Foundation and was
the principal fundraiser, raising some $15 million dollars to build the museum,
opened in 2010.
Assisting with the placement of the wreath was Captain Bob Quinn, ’56, on the left, a trustee on the foundation board, who was responsible for oversight of the design and construction of the museum.
The following photos provide background info on the Seabee Museum and the Montoya exhibit.