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February 2, 2012
By Michael Brooke
A SAILOR at HMAS Stirling has
attributed the fire-fighting tech-
niques he learnt in the RAN to his
action saving the life of a woman in
a burning house.
ABMT Yesid Cardona was relax-
ing at home, just three days before
Christmas, when he heard a loud bang
in a nearby house and noticed smoke
and flame coming from shattered win-
ABMT Cardona, 29, immediately
responded to the situation by using
a nearby garden hose to douse the
flames that were engulfing the interior
of the house.
"The Navy fire-fighting drills
I learnt when I served in HMAS
Toowoomba really came in handy to
help the local community," he said.
ABMT Cardona's signature behav-
iours earned him praise from police
and fire-fighters who said his decisive
action probably saved the life of a
woman inside the house, who had been
restrained to her bed with cable ties
and set alight.
The sailor was unaware anyone was
in the house and was saddened to hear
that the woman had sustained burns to
40 per cent of her body.
ABMT Cardona said the lesson
he learnt was "don't be afraid to get
involved" as some neighbours did
nothing but watch the house burn after
"The Navy's training has equipped
me with life skills that will serve me
well for a very long-time," he said.
By Michael Brooke
THE last surviving member of the RAN's first
training ship HMAS Tingira and one of Navy
News' oldest reader, Danny Bowden, recently
passed away, aged 101.
Mr Bowden, who was awarded one of only six
MBEs presented to non-commissioned officers in
World War II, died in a nursing home in Bateau
Bay, NSW, in late September.
Readers may remember our focus on Mr
Bowden, who was featured in Navy's 50th anniver-
Although Mr Bowden retired in the year Navy
News was first published (1958), he never missed
an issue. "Reading Navy News makes me feel like
I'm still a young man in the RAN," he said in 2008.
Mr Bowden said he enjoyed reading the paper
because of the interesting stories about RAN per-
sonnel and current operations.
Mr Bowden joined the RAN on Anzac Day
1925 when he was 14 and was posted to HMAS
Tingira, but later served on HMAS Platypus and
Australia II, before commissioning Sydney II.
"Like all the other Tingira boys I was a mixed
up kid," he joked.
When WWII broke out Mr Bowden was serving
on HMAS Perth and was shot down in his flimsy
Walrus by a German ME109 fighter during the
Battle of Crete. "They were firing cannons and I
only had a Lewis gun," he said.
Mr Bowden recalls bobbing around in a life raft
for a day before being rescued by HMS Havoc,
which initially tried to ram them in the mistaken
belief they were a German submarine.
"When you live to be 97 years of age and have
cheated death a couple of times you start to think
'somebody up there likes me'," he laughed.
Mr Bowden 'swallowed the anchor' in 1958
while posted to HMAS Sydney III and worked
for Victorian State Electricity until 1970 when he
retired to Bateau Bay on the Central Coast of NSW.
Final chapter for avid fan
FONDLY REMEMBERED: Danny Bowden, right, reads over an early edition of Navy News
with Terry Bendall. Mr Bowden was one of Navy News' biggest fans and oldest readers.
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