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Words From Our Navy Veterans - Hiram Ristrom

hyrum restroom who served aboard landing

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ship

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HMAS can Imbler and was part of the

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landing squadron that returned General

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Douglas MacArthur to the Philippines one

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of the great symbolic episodes of the

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war focus on board the cannon blur as

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you returned MacArthur to the

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Philippines yes well well that was

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wholly exciting fleet to being there

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there were over a hundred ships in the

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fleet

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so it was horizon horizon and beyond

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horizon to horizon was absolutely

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magnificent the ships 360 degrees

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absolutely amazing and Japanese plans it

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came over they met such a reception that

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the shell bursts in the sky our life of

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the ting holding a Christmas kite up

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above your head and looking at the

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currents in it and that was that was

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half price and air that those shell

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bursts were in the sky but the Japanese

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plans came to grief that that that did a

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lot of damage of course but by and large

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they American Air Force carrier planes

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dealt with him or otherwise I got the

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shot down boy their ships so no it was

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was a great privilege to be in that

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flight and we didn't land at a club and

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where the main landing was her job was

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to land troops that peni on all and just

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reconcile have kept on with yards off

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the coast of southern coast Almighty and

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the

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they arrived and we actually we had a

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car at die

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the Japanese it about an air of the

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place and we got a great welcome by the

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Filipinos and and we had fightin

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and things on board and other items that

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the Filipinos were leveraging on us so

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it was really a picnic day but anyway we

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got all the troops issue and bolted and

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they - daran get another life and in

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britain reinforcements which was badly

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made really he had to get back to

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buddies get another light of chips and

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equipment and bring it then when I was

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joined the Navy I was a refugee from the

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army and there been another dozen of us

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and we missed their draft and we bent

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into Flinders on the light shrine and we

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get down there and all the mecca's

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that's you recruits addenda the Rawai

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sodding in the debye yelling at you'll

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be sorry you'll be sorry

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we'd already been sorry in the army so I

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said what what's your class number was

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allocated to as I said is I think oh

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well your special service special all

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been examined I put they put us in this

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special service group well the special

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service turned out to be and finished

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training which was a sacred temple at

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Port Stephens and New South Wales and

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that the town was guided residence had

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to have passes to get in an air of their

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iron

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damn and which we tried there and we

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tried with Australian based on the

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British landing craft which were very

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good for the crew because I had Steve

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lighting all ran the Crocs and had a

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little stale Kevin but when the Yanks

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came into it took Ava decided the gala

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the angel craft which were much more

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suitable really they all either captain

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stood up like Jackie and and was a sort

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of a a sitting shot for anybody that

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wanted to have a gallery anyway only

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that being a landing craft oxen on i.t -

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cannon blah

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we had 25 landing craft and we could

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lift a landing craft off the ship in 12

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minutes which is remarkable because five

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across five landing craft across a deck

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and the Derrick had Derrick's port and

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starboard one had to make to live

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someone had to make three so today three

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lifting in 12 minutes was remarkable so

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the menorah caddy this time and we used

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to choke each other about who was the

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fastest girl in all side of Australia

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but we formed the nucleus of the United

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start seventh amphibious plane under us

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Admiral Dayne Bobby and built up from

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there astonishingly and we were all wise

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with with the flavour and I didn't

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versions we did six inversions al anbiya

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Morotai lighting with General MacArthur

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going back and then Gandalf up at the

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top of North all and

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lose on and then - with us rather with

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American troops then tear with

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Australian troops at Brunei in Borneo

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and Ballack Papin and we we enjoyed

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having the Australians on board really

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that they were really like back fellows

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that all been in the Army or most of

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them a lot of them had been in the Army

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since the beginning and now they were

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far dear men and they were told that as

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soon as the war ends you will be the

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first time so we had the pleasure of

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landing the map in the New Orleans and

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then when peace was declared we are up

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in seebik by and right in the eye

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further north take the war against the

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Japanese and we got the job of typhoon

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news veteran time and we rock beckons in

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Brisbane on on the 4th of January 1945

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the war started on the 3rd of September

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39 so it was to 60s to the diverge

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really that the war had had been going

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and some of those men were but when were

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five and five and a half he meant up to

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six years so it was a great privilege to

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take him into the islands and the cries

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of privilege to be able to bring them

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home safely

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that's one of my great memories of the

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war

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what do you say audience all right

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number binded Mara up there

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get on there

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yes well artists artists I that you know

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the American shapes that I hadn't had

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the training that they are Australian

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ships air brakes had been over the

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Middle East in every way you know and

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and I miss you could say landing at

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Bernard we could accommodate about 35 in

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a in an LC vape a landing craft vehicle

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personnel 35 foot a landing craft and

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one of the fellows in my landing craft

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had his 21st birthday on that day so I

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died clear this price in the bottom of

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the bad and little Bunsen burner and my

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team at capita on the vines the landing

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knock killers wrapped up in grain bags

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couldn't say a thing and laying them on

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the gunnel of the barge in his he's

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yelling air as though it's a horse rice

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I sure and the Australians are claiming

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the Jap shop you know well you know I

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could say lots ball but all things are

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better give it a ride there

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[Applause]

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