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30 June 2009


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I am currently doing research regarding any Veterans from the Campaigns here in PNG against the Japanese.

Any information that you may have regarding any living Veterans that reside in PNG and if known their contact details will be greatly appreciated.

I will also be doing the same for any Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, and would appreciate help with this as well, Names and contact details if known and any next of kin of deceased Angels.

As reluctant as I am to make league tables out of disasters, a comparison of the loss of life on the 'Montevideo Maru' with some other World War 2 actions shows just how monumental this tragedy was.

Some 268 souls died when the hospital ship 'Centaur', marked and brightly lit, was sunk and 628 brave sailors went down on 'Sydney'.

The death toll in Greece/Crete was 594 and on the Kokoda Trail 625.

There were so many more losses, 1053 men between the ages of 15 and 64, on 'Montevideo Maru'.

Another comparison from a later war - Australia lost 415 servicemen in Vietnam.

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