Ko­jonup kid al­ways had Navy

Melville Times - - Anzac Day 2018 -

AS a teenager, Bill Jones (68) had never been to sea be­fore join­ing the Royal Aus­tralian Navy as an air con­troller in 1966.

Mr Jones grew up in Ko­jonup and when he was four years old, told his mother he would join the Navy. He was 17 when he re­alised that am­bi­tion on June 2, 1966; given a choice be­tween be­com­ing a ra­dio op­er­a­tor or sonar op­er­a­tor, he opted to work with radars.

“I had never been to sea in my life; the far­thest I had been off­shore was about 50 yards,” he said.

“The first trip I did was to go from Mel­bourne to Syd­ney and it was pretty rough.

“I was too busy to bother get­ting sea­sick so I never did.”

Mr Jones said he “did a few highly in­ter­est­ing things over the years” while in ser­vice, in­clud­ing train­ing in the US.

“I did a cou­ple of stints in Viet­nam and 11 trips up the Far East,” he said, adding he also made a few trips to Hawaii, the Per­sian Gulf and Rus­sia. He left the Navy on June 1, 1986.

This An­zac Day, the Yanchep Two Rocks RSL subbranch pres­i­dent will be mak­ing sure “ev­ery­thing runs smoothly” for the two lo­cal events: a Dawn Ser­vice at the Yanchep Sports and So­cial Club fol­lowed by a pa­rade and

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