Plaques hon­our US ser­vice­men

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch - By JON BAS­SETT

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.

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