Eric to be Honoured at 75th Anniversary of Milne Bay Battle

25 Aug 17

The Department of Veterans Affairs will be flying Port Macquarie World War II veteran, Mr Eric Elms to the Australian War Memorial for a private reception and Last Post ceremony with other serviceman from the Battle of Milne Bay campaign.

Nationals Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker MP has congratulated Eric on his service ahead of his travels to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Milne Bay.

“Eric is part of what will go down in history as our greatest generation. Men like Eric answered the call to defend Australia at a time when invasion seemed almost imminent,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

Mr Elms enlisted in the Navy in 1939 and in February the following year embarked on HMAS Canberra where he was involved in an operation resulting in the sinking of two German Supply Ships.

In March 1942 at the height of the War, Mr Elms, a stoker embarked on the HMAS Arunta to serve in Milne Bay. The Milne Bay campaign was reputed to be the first defeat of a Japanese amphibious landing in the Second World War and was one of the key actions of the Papuan campaign.

“We best honour the Diggers that served alongside Eric who did not make it home by caring for those who returned and subsequent servicemen with dignity and respect,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

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