This service commemorates the Battle of the Coral Sea, which took place from 4 to 8 May 1942. This major naval battle saw the Imperial Japanese Navy come up against a combined United States and Australian force.
The Battle of the Coral Sea was in fact several small clashes that resulted in greater losses for the Allied fleet than that of the Japanese, but it is now considered a strategic victory for the Allies. The battle marks the first check on the Japanese advance through the Pacific. It also led to the damage of two Japanese fleet carriers, which were then unable to take part in the Battle of Midway. Their absence is considered to have contributed to the Allied victory at Midway.
This service is attended by the Australian American Association Victoria, the American Ex-Servicemen's Association, and the Naval Commemoration Committee.
Reviewed 04 July 2023