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September 30, 2010
By ABCIS Melanie Schinkel
THE largest reunion of National
Servicemen in Australia marched
down Anzac Parade and congre-
gated for the dedication of the
National Servicemen's Memorial
at the Australian War Memorial on
For the more than 2500 'Nashos'
who attended, the ceremony
acknowledged the service of young
Australian men who accepted the
call for duty between 1950 and
1972, which during the Vietnam War
involved selection for service by
National President of the
National Servicemen's Association
of Australia, MAJ Earl Jennings
(Retd), invited Governor-General
Quentin Bryce to dedicate the
$600,000 memorial fountain, built
to commemorate 287,000 former
Nashos who served in the ADF,
including 212 who died on active
service in the Borneo and Vietnam
"We are here today to honour the
young men who served their country
in the Navy, Army and Air Force
when it was required of them," MAJ
"They saw it as their duty and,
despite the compulsion, they served
honourably and well -- just like our
Servicemen and women are doing in
Iraq and Afghanistan today.
"On behalf of all National
Servicemen and their families, I
invite you to dedicate their memorial
to bring closure to this chapter of
Under the National Service
Act 1951, all young men turning
18 on or after November 1, 1950
were required to undertake stand-
ard recruit training in the Navy, Air
Force or Army, followed by five
years in their respective Reserves.
closure to this
HONOUR: National Servicemen march
in front of the Australian War Memorial
before the dedication of their memorial
on September 8, while, inset, a sailor
from Australia's Federation Guard forms
part of the catafalque party.
Photos: ABCIS Melanie Schinkel
HMAS Tobruk ship's company and
embarked forces have commemorated
the lost submariners of AE1 by laying
wreaths at sea in the lead up to the 96th
A ceremony was held to honour the
35 men on board Tobruk as they passed
through the last known position of the
AE1 following a recent deployment to
Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, as part of
Pacific Partnership 2010.
Tobruk's Commanding Officer,
CMDR Paul Scott, said the opportunity
to honour the sailors so close to their last
known position was a special event for
the ADF personnel aboard Tobruk.
"The men of AE1, along with the sail-
ors and officers of AE2, had completed
the longest journey ever conducted by a
submarine at the time when they deliv-
ered the newly-built boats to Sydney
from England," CMDR Scott said.
"Not long after their arrival they were
sent to Rabaul as part of Australia's WWI
effort against the German Pacific Fleet,
where they went missing.
"The sea remains an unforgiving, dan-
gerous environment -- even more so dur-
ing war. The chance to honour our first
generation of submariners in this way is
particularly poignant; their exact location
may be unknown but their contribution
and sacrifices will not be forgotten."
AE1 Incorporated spokesperson, Dr
Kathyrn Spurling, said the memory of the
tragedy was especially hard for the fami-
lies of the lost submariners.
"For generations of relatives of the 35
crew there has been no closure," she said.
"We need to honour these men for
their service and sacrifice and this means
finding AE1 and resolving how they died.
"The disappearance of AE1 was
Australia's first naval tragedy and the
96-year-old mystery remains unre-
lost WWI submariners
COMMEMORATION: CO HMAS Tobruk, CMDR Paul Scott (left) and LCDR
Bill Lance (USN) lay wreaths in waters off the coast of Duke of York Islands
during a memorial service for the loss of AE1.
Photo: ABIS Andrew Dakin
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