…especially on this ANZAC Day (tomorrow, 25 April). Kemal Ataturk understood the ferocity of the men of Gallipoli. Many of us don’t; I remember having to brush up on it in order to be in Brisbane on the 60th anniversary of the Coral Sea battle, with the honor of reenlisting a sonar tech at the ANZAC memorial there.
It’s a good time to remember. From a comment on this post, I learn that we’ve got some tough allies alongside us, and also about the toughness of Firebolt sailors.
Just want to pass on my well wishes and ask to remember those who have served and continue to serve in the ADF and support agencies this ANZAC Day.
This Is a particularly meaningful day for me as it marks the 2nd anniversary of the terrorist attack on the iraqi oil terminals on 24th April 2004 whilst I was ships company on HMAS Stuart. Unfortunately the Cyclone class patrol boat, USS Firebolt, bore the brunt of the attack with 3 members killed whilst trying to board a dhow. We were tasked to recover the dead and injured whilst maintaining our patrol of the oil fields.
After rescuing the remaining survivors and returning them to Stuart, it was evident that these guys were special. For one they had horrendous injuries however their spirits were unbroken and to the extent that they were jovial. This warmed the crew and steeled them even further. They were, and still are, an inspiration for me.
Thanks for your time and enjoy your Anzac Day.
I should remind folks that the above link leads to support information for that sea battle’s losses.
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