Plaques honour US servicemen
PERTH residents who have served with US armed forces can now be recognised near to where their World War II comrades were buried in Karrakatta Cemetery in 1943.
Local Government Minister Tony Simpson recently unveiled the first of two new plaques commemorating ex-US servicemen and Perth residents Douglas Thompkins and Clifford Holloway.
The plaques are near 27 graves for American servicemen who died during the 1939-45 war, each marked with a concrete cross near a pole for the American flag that was raised and lowered daily.
The 27 servicemen’s remains were later moved to the American War Graves section at Rookwood Cemetery in Sydney, New South Wales, and the flag pole is now in Araluen Botanic Park.
In 1979, USS Enterprise sailors dedicated a nearby memorial gazebo.
“The USS Enterprise gazebo has found itself a new purpose that, I am sure, would be well received by the servicemen who dedicated the gazebo in the first instance,” Mr Simpson said.
Tony Simpson, US Consul Beth Howard, Metropolitan Cemeteries Board chief executive Peter Deague and Metropolitan Cemeteries Board chair Leonie Liveris.