Kojonup kid always had Navy
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