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Name: Barry Buck Rodgers
City: Carrathool NSW
Name: Syd Dinga Bell
Thankyou for this service. I am looking for some old shipmates and I think this site may do it for me.
Name: Freda Mason
Country: New Zealand
What an awesome website to inform,support & reunite family, friends & loved ones. Keep up the great work.
Name: Paul Fernyhough
Thank you for publishing my rundown on Ship mates for Cancer. The launch has been very successful having 340 members in the first three months. I am applying for a DVA grant for a web site. When its up and running I would like to put your group down as a link. I hope this finds everyone well.
Regards Paul (Fuzz) Fernyhough
Name: Robert Rae
Looking for ex RP rate & Navy Rugby Union rep Barry "Buck" Rodgers R52567
Name: TED rickards
City: port macquarie
Name: Ryszard Opalinski
City: KATANNING WA
Thanks heaps to Pete Denver and Trever Robbins on their advocasy work for me.I do appreciate very much the time and effort you guys put in for us that dont know the system.Hope your better Pete.
Name: Little Devil
City: Junee NSW
Good looking site keep up the good work you are doing for the exservicemen and women
G'day all - just stumbled upon this site and saw the name China Hammal. Served with China in Perth(38) during the U.S.A. trip in 74/75. Hope you are well China - any others out there from that memorable trip?
Shags (ex POMTH)
Name: John Barry
I am trying to locate a lost family member, His Name is
Walter( Wally) Macdonald or McDonald, he was married to my mother Dulcie Uren in the 1950s, He was stationed at Puckapunyal Army base Victoria, he was a mechanic and we lived at 18 alamaine rd, I have been trying to locate him for many years, i am not sure this is the right site to ask, I sincerely hope this information will help in locating him and with the aide of the internet I have found this site and hope some one can steer me in the right direction to help in finding him, it means an awful lot to me,
John J Barry
Name: katrina owens
I am the eldest daughter of Gordon "Jesse" Owens and am looking to get in contact with anyone who may have known dad at any stage during his service I know that he was an RO and he served 19 days in Vietnam on the HMAS Derwent dad passed away in 1987 when I was 9 so he never got to tell me any stories of his time in the navy and I never got the chance to ask.
Name: William Hinds
Found the site again and it's still as good as it was before,cheers for now ..........Bill.................Gronk.
Name: Maxwell Bean
City: Murrumba Downs
I have Plural Plaques and DVA stuffed me around. In the mid 90s I was found to have the above and DVA gave me 40% disability pension. After that I had loss of hearing, tinitus and in 2004 I had a heart problem and had a triple bypass. At the same time I was found to have diabetes 2. Later skin cancers was diagnosed and all this time DVA kept lowering the 40% Plural Plaques pension so they didn't go over 90% total pension.
I went to asbestos lawyers in Brisbane (Turner Freeman 1800683928)After several tests of CT scans and specialists for us and DVA we sued the RAN and won the case. The amount was considerable and if it turns to cancer I will have the option to sue them again but I will have to foot every bill for cancer treatment.
Like Louis, whether or not China got his TPI reinstated is of little concern to me, but his wearing of tin medals and a medal he is not entitled to makes him a classic wannabe. China's been around long enough to know one does not wear tin medals on the same rack as officially awarded medals. If he want's to wear tin medals, they should be worn on the right breast.
China, if you read this, hopefully you'll see the errors of your way, and carry out the neccessary corrections to your rack.
Name: Louis Butcher
City: Batemans Bay
I don't have a problem with "China" having his TPI re-instated but I have a BIG problem with his "rack" of medals. I was on "Parramatta" when "SWAN" releived us in Singapore in 1971, PARRAMATTA was the last RAN ship[ to serve in the FESR. I am familar with the protocol and the issuing of medals, and I am know about "china's" history. I would love to see 'CHINA" remove the 'Tin Awards' and "Vietnam Star" the former has not been awarded to anyone who served less than 6 months in the Vietnam Conflict.Being posted to a DDG after the fall of Siagon doesn't qualify for the said medal. "China" I suggest strongly to conform and adjust his medals, it would go a long way to rebuild the bridges.
Name: Pat Williams
City: Newton Centre
Country: United States
I liked your site.
Hello. I'm sister of ex sailor who has suggested I go on this site. I am an author with a major Aust publishing company, 5 books published. I am presently writing a book on Derek Ernest Percy who served between Nov 67 until his arrest for the murder of a 12 year old girl in July 69. He served on the Queenborough between August 68 and March 69. He was in the electrical section and was on the Melbourne between March 68 to July 68. On the Sydney between July and August 68. Cerberus April - July 69. Can anyone tell me where the Q'B was during this period or the other ships? Also, if anyone knew him and any memories you could share, or pics?
It is possible that Percy is responsible for Wanda Beach Murders, Sydney 1965, Beamont abductions, Adl 1966, Alan Redston, Canberra 1967, Simon Brook, Glebe Syd, 1968, Linda Stilwell, St kilda Melb 1968. We know he murdered Yvonne Tuohy 1969, arrested at Cerberus.
Pls contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have anything to share re Percy.
hi just found this site served hmas sydney melbourne duchess hobart brisbane albatross pomtp glad to hear from any old shipmates 1964-1984
Nice to read that what was started with my help has continued to grow.Am still working independantly to bring about change.Our latest medal carries the name I put forward through the New medal group. keep up the good work.
my regards to all.
Lucky to find you, keep on the good workk guys! Best of luck.
Date: 18th May 2005
yes i do remember going to "johnnies" in melbourne in 1967-69. Johnnies were near sydney harbour bridge
Date: 23 April
to all pussers out there, especially JRs from Leeuwin and in particular Rhodes 25th and anyone whom I served with on Vamps, the Dity D and Melbourne. I have just been f****d over by th DVA, knocked me back from 90 to 40%. I have heard a rumour that they are going hard on sailors, god bless the new go getting academics in DVA. Obviously little Johnny has told them he needs more money for all the b**** f****g refugees I see walking around my suburb in their designer sports clothes and talking on their mobiles. Oh well , I have never been PC and to late to start, anyone else out there had a hand job done on them by the DVA I would like to hear from you. BTW my main detractors in the reports to the DVA came from Wrightway Research Services, I remember that wanker in pussers. Anyhow FTW, up the mighty red rooster - MORE PISS. Great site, keep up the good work.
Date: 7th Dec 05
B.G, If this connects to you drop me a line,EX POMED(N)R59078,RAN 62-91
Date: 18/07 2005
Date: 18 Feb 2005
G'day, I have just been reading your current newsletter and suggested program for the 2006 Nirimba ReUnion and think it is a fantastic idea.
A number of other old shipmates have also put their hands up when I told them about the idea.
Is there somewhere to officially register interest?
Thanks for all your efforts in making the reunion happen.
Please note: The ANVVWA(WA) has nothing to do with the organisation of the Nirimba reunion. The articles were placed on our website for our members, and any other visitors, to read.
What a blast finding this web page, and all the ex pusser's that i had the good fortune to serve with.From 68/78.To good drafts, one was to the PERTH 71/TO 73.Under the command of Robert Percy.who could forget the rimpact 72 trip, and the Indian ocean cruse in 73.some of the names in this web site bring back the good memories, ie OD Bedwell,Muso Darell Mancell,All the stokers, (EGOR)CHINA,HOLAND,MAMAL,POQMG R J JELLY,ALL THE COOKS THE BLACK PRINCE,GUNNS HAZELWOOD,OLIE OLSON,MEAT BOATS, PALFREY,AND THE TOM ROWLONS,SLUG WATTERS,(BUNNGY WILLIAMS STD)KEN CASTLE,POCOOK SPUNKY GEORGE BUCKHEIM,ALL THE RO"S.The other was to MANUS ISLAND for twelve months,on the PB"s and "TARANGAU",WITH THE LICK,LICK MARIES,B.B.Q'S,D.T.100 MOTOR BIKES,OLD CARS,and Dickie Norman CPO Cook,REGINA,ROSE,and JUDY,Bob Millhouse(SBA).Noel& Trish Parker,
RUSS SCHALDERS,Peet Whitmore,Rex Nixon,Pedro Peterson,the list goes on and on,it was the best 10years of my life,A Girl in every PORT and the ASBESTOS in the ships.I can remember the aisan food smells, that came out of the engine room, where CHINA was COOKING his rice and noodles for the night shift,with the bacon eggs from the galley, and he has given so much of his time for the veterans, their partners, and the welfare of expusser's,and we must have a "TARANGAU" sometime, China might organise it for us. hope to hear from you all one day, bye for now, LOVE from the email@example.com
Will see you all at the reunion in Yamba 12th November
Looking forward to catching up with everyone
Date: 22 May 2004
I have located Brian 'wacka' Payne (ME) and have a last known address and phone number for Bob 'Doc' Barr (LSBA).
Date: 21 May 2004
Looking for old crew mates
Does anyone have any contact info for any of the following ex-pusser's who I served with in HMAS Hawk in 1966?
Brian (Lofty) Hain ex-Cook
Cliff Jamieson ex-Stoker
'Wacka' Payne ex-Stoker
LSQMG Pete Noonan
LAMET 'Buck' Raynor
Thanks & Regards,
Date: 28 april
we need a reef put in so we can surf/
G'day once again....was browsing thru messages etc, and came across an old one of mine from a couple of years back, thought i had better update my e-mail addy, just in case some silly fool wished to communicate with me. Am impressed with the site, amazing what a Mechanician can manage eh..well done TicToc....where's my wedding present?? Unfortunately i had cause to send in a response to a missing person, ex RSM Brian Lawrance....he was a good bloke and is sadly missed around the traps, but my money is on him having em all on parade and giving them heaps up there. I will never forget the very first time i went to his place for a beer...wasnt sure whether to ring the doorbell or not....there was a sign on it...."NO HOOKERS, HAWKERS OR JESUS FREAKS NEED BOTHER".
Keep up the good work fellas, will stay in touch .....Lucii
Date: 17 October 2003
Just found out about this site through "China" I am not one of you but was a "Nasho" 1970 - 1971 never left Australia.
China is helping us out as he is with many other people.
Keep up the good work China and all concerned in the RAN Vetrans Welfare a job weell done and needed!!!!
All hava good and Happy life.
Date: 10 July 2003
I hope you and your family are well. I haven't visited the site here for quite some time, but I did today and was saddened to read about your past conviction preventing you from being a 'fit and proper' citizen worthy of receiving an Order of Australia medal.
I know how you feel mate. Back when I was young and stupid in my early 20's, I became addicted to marijuana. Whilst travelling home on leave to Karatha WA, from HMAS Melbourne (which was berthed in Garden Island Sydney). I got arrested and was put in jail overnight in Geralton WA. In the morning I fronted the Judge and ended up getting fined $100 for possession of marijuana.
And from this episode of my life, I became a criminal. I now have a criminal record and a black mark against my name till the end of my days. So basically, it wouldn't matter what I did, I will alway be viewed as a criminal. I was having personal problems and got addicted to marijuana whilst on HMAS Perth in the USA in 1974 - 75, and this is how things ended up.
Name: Keith Taylor
City: Mount Helena
Country: Western Aust
Another very good and much appreciated web page for us "oldies",I was part of the first group of "birdies",on the Helicopter Flight Vietnam 67/68.
Name: Scott (Egor) Smith
Egor Smith here ex stoker on the 38 in the 70's. Great site & a walk down memory lane. Good to see so many ex stokers & crew from Perth 38. Would love to chat on 08 8351 8511 or the emails fine. Regards Egor...
Name: Paul Nicholas
City: Gold Coast Qld
Good site - some familiar names there -hope your out of that hospital
by now China. I'll be in Perth Oct24/28 for the Hobart reunion so I
hope I can catch up with a few old of the drunks I used to know.
Paul Nicholas exCPOMTP3*
Name: Morris J Lehmann (Speed)
Very informative site, saw a few names I remember, mind its getting harder to recall names and putting faces to them. Would love to hear from any shipmates who remember me. Did the tour on Vendetta 69/70
Served on Gascoyne, Queenborough,and Melbourne, with shore time at Cerberus, Albatross & Lonsdale.
Cheers Morris (Speed) Lehmann ex POSN
Name: Ross WENDT
City: QUAKERS HILL
Date: 20 March 2003
Yet again a great achievement you just keep on keeping on.
Well done. Be proud of your achievements.
Ross WENDT ex JR, ME (Stoker), Mech and finally CMDR ME
Name: bert o'meagher
Country: western australia
good to see the level of progress made since the beginning
good to hear of your oam and know how proud you must feel
bert o'meagher apm
Date: 28 February 2003
just heard down the club that your OAM has been removed.
Sorry to hear about that mate, we were also told that you are not well.Get well soon.
Who gives the sh**s about the OAM. We ALL knows the works you have done in WA and how you looked after our departed mates',widows and their family.
You did a great job with the FIRST WAR MEMORIAL FOR US IN AUSTRALIA.
Get well soon. Often so quickly, some of us forgets !!!!
We had our good time in the old lady. Good old 38, AND THE RUNS ASHORE
Got this web page from the Mateship, Paul showed us this afternoon.
We all said the goods you have done, wishing we can do the same over this side for our old ship's mates.(as per norm, all talks and no action)
What ever you do, do not pull fire, or shut the main stop.(just keep the by pass valves open)for now. Let us know when you reached 1275.
Best wishes Rusty.
Sorry to hear about China Hammal busted back with his OAM.
Rang HMAS Leeuwin yesterday and was told of the bad news.
We stokers are strong bunch, get well soon.
You do not need the OAM. We know the great work you have done over the time.
Name: veterans and staff
To China Hammel,
We all wish you to have a fast recovery,
You have done a great deal to all veterans in Western Australia
from all veterans and staff.
Name: Ian & Mary Ingram
City: Kalbarri 6536
Both ex Navy & WRANS interested in catching up with old friends.
Mary & Ian Ingram
Name: Les De Bonde
Country: Western Australia
Just accessed this guest book and saw a lot of old mates names . Its a great way to keep in touch . Congrats on setting up such a helpful guest book .
Name: Norm Jones (Spike)
City: Waikiki, Perth
Date: 10 Jan 03
Hi China, As you said take a surf and look-see, and it is an excellent site. BZ to all concerned. Looking forward to catching up with some of you soon, either at functions or on the net.
Name: Carole & Barry Matthews
Excellent Tic Toc
Name: Dave GILMOUR
Great site, good to hear from you after all these years China.
Name: Bary Pareezer
G'Day to all,
I had a bit of a look around and to say the least a great site. As we all grow a little older and our systems begin to break down, it is fabulous to see such a dedicated group working so very hard to help. Well done to all involved.
Barry Pareezer ex CPO HMAS Perth
Name: Ian Dunn
Name: Les De Bonde
Great and informative site , WELL DONE .
Name: Terry BROOKS
Country: Land of Oz
Checked the site to see who I might know...lo and behold...there's the bloody missus?! She beat me again! Great job you are doing here. I was with the original members RANHF '67 - '68; Vung Tau and Blackhorse as doorgunner. Regards...Terry Brooks ex POACMUC(air)
City: FALCON W.A. 6210
EXCELLENT SITE TO CATCH UP ON OLD MEMORIES WITH NAMES I HAD FOREGOTTEN, THEN PUT A FACE TO THOSE NAMES AND THINK OF DAYS AT MILLIES,WHITE ENSIGN CLUB,JOHNIES,THE ROCKERS,SINGERS,(MELBOURNE BAR,BUGIS STRAZZA),HONKUS AND WHO COULD FORGET OLONGOPO. THANKS TO CHINA AND ALL INVOLVED FOR ALL THERE HELP, ALSO TIC TOC IN BRINGING THIS SITE ONLINE FOR ALL TO BROWSE AND ENJOY.
BUCK ROGERS EX LEADING STOKER
Name: Ian (Buck) Rogers
City: Moranbah Qld
Date: 31 Aug 02
My brother (Ex Stoker) put me on to this site. Glad to see that support is around for ex-servicemen and woman. Need more of it.
Buck Rogers (Ex CPOETC4)
Name: Maureen Brooks
Name: Brian Smith
Nice site China!
Already saw a couple of names in the members that I wish I didn't remember!
Visit me as well @ www.kaomag.com
Will be back
Name: Doug LAPHAM
Date: July 14,2002
Have been involved with this organisation for approximatley 3 months now and am astounded at the professional attitude shown by members and the elected officers given that the time given is voluntary. I will become involved as time permits due to my heavy commitment to work and the Lions organisation.I am presently initiating a major project in the Mundaring area where I reside.
Name: F.E.S.R. S.A.
See message page
Name: Roger Scovell
Date: 2 July 2002
Info on the web site was passed on by an old mate who recommended it highly. I look forward to further participation.
Name: John Davis
City: Jimboomba Qld
Great site. Good to see and remember those I served with. Keep up the good work China. I remember you well.Regards and good luck.
Name: vince allard
Name: Henry (dutchy) Diekema
anyone in brisbane area for welfare help contact ASAC www.asacaustralia.com a free service started by wacka payne ex dribble dab and gordon blake ex com greeny or myself firstname.lastname@example.org if required. ex POMTP I served mainly DDG's 1961 to 1976 Hobart and Brisbane good to see others with welfare in mind it is really needed do visit our web site and good luck to all.
Date: june 10 2002
JUST POSTED A LETTER ON THIS SITE IT LOOKS VERY INTERESTING
AND LOTS OF INFO. WELL DONE.
City: Gold Coast Qld.
Congratulations to all involved,from website construction and design,through the innovative fund-raising measures,to the supportive membership and the personnel who drive them-A great site,with wonderful goals.I shall recommend to all Ex-Service Organizations of which I'm part that they seek affiliation with you to share common objectives.
Name: Bob (Porky)Aitken
Great sight ,good to see it well maintained. Extra good to see old mates names in print.Bob (Kobe) Poat,Mick Quinlan,Andy Dunlop,Brian Addison,China Hamal just to name a few.Hope the years have been good to you all. Bob (Porky) Aitken.
Name: Wayne LePage
Looks an interesting site. Have seen some names that I have served with. Will check it out in depth during the week.
City: south perth
Well done fellas, nice to see things going along so well.
Name: Peter Dales
A great site fellas, my only complaint is that I cant find any info on how join the ANVVWA.
Keep up the good work
Peter "Chips" Dales
Just like to give a big thankyou to China for his help with my disabillity pension claim,have just recieved letter from DVA & have been granted 30%.Thankyou China, a donation will be on its way as soon as I recieve the money.Regards to all in the west, Ian (ex SAV)R62777
Great site China, a lot of names rang a bell on your list.The 4th intake(Jan '62)Leeuwin JRs are organising a re-union in April this year in Sydney.Any 4s, or friends or associates of same, would appreciate they contact Bob Williams at email@example.com or myself, so as to organise numbers for the re-union or just to contact mates we haven't seen for 40 years.
Happy New Year to all,
City: Tweed Heads, NSW
Country: "The Best"
I was just surfing the net and came across this fabulous site. Well done all concerned.If you know of any site like this around my parts give me a buzz.
D.S. (ex-chippy 65'-79)
Not a bad site from what i can see. There are heaps of sites out there but few easy to find i did not know about yours till i was shown.
Unlucky for me i live in Brisbane Queensland.
Keep the good work up.
Great site. Have really enjoyed the pages. Brings back memories seeing some of the names of long lost mates. Once again congratulations on a job well done.
Just like to wish all you guys in the west a very merry Xmas & a prosperous New year.Regards Ian McClure
Name: Ron Stout
Country: Western Australia
Well mates you have done it again and a job well done putting this site together.
From some of the comments I've read this site is really appreciated and I look forward to further visits.
Regards to all you old salts out there in cyberspace and thanks again to the DVA team your work is really appreciated
Date: 07 Dec 02
Great to see the site up & running quicker than some of the neddies I have backed over the years.Hullo Luci Hullo Shady good to see you are both in Cybperspace.Anyone know the whereabouts of two ex Kellick Beagles BARRY DUNNE last known slumming in Scarborough and defrauding the Commonwealth Bank. GEORGE BARR international beagle with Qantas was slumming in Applecross but apparently moved to Queensland.
Ok see you all on the 16th.
Cheers Frog Rae
Country: Western Australia
Great to see another website for us old cronies to see what's what, who's where, etc. I have also visited the Naval Association website and made contact with a few blokes i've not seen in eons. Ya never know, might get some hits from here too. The site looks flash, as does the newsletter, from which i got this addy. Keep up the good work fellas.
To China and the fellows that set this site up, 'Thank You'.
It was a pleasure to visit and have a look around. Saw some names of members that I had forgotten about over the years.
Look forward to visiting again in the near future
City: Safety Bay
Great, good to see it up running.
Hi, all you sand gropers...Just surfed in from the net...Great site good stuff...If anyone knows any Bandies in the West steer them towards my site..You be sure to see many names of ex bandies in my Guest Book..
Site Name: Royal Australian Navy Band "Parade Ground"
Ex CPO Musician...68 -82
City: Phoenix Arizona
Yes I was requesting a list of crews that toured Vietnam on the HMAS Perth,Hobart,Brisbane.The reason I believe I may have been the only 17 year old in the War Zone not including troop carring etc just the line.
Thanks for any help
James Godwin R66089 AB/RP
what a fantastic effort for this page i will visit regularly
City: Pampoolah NSW
Country: Good Ol' Oz
Hi to all the sand gropers. Found your site whilst taking a dip. Keep up the good work.
All concerned have done a brilliant job in putting this site together. Will be back regularly.
Name: Mick Erceg
City: Noosa Hinterland (Qld)
Came across your site the other day. Good work, keep it up. A few of the members names reminded me of my enjoyable time at Leeuwin in 71/72.
Regards Mick Erceg.
Name: dj rickards
City: thriving metropolis of laurieton nsw
must say i didnt think you guys would be able to put together such a professional net page,very informative and i see some old names i recall and some sad losses.thank you for the opportunity to say "ahoy there"and hope some day i might come alongside in w.a.,heads down now.
Great Web Site - good to see someone out there has put something together for all us ex pussers. There must be litterally thousands of us. I have managed to keep up to date via the Navy News but this site is a lot more informative.
Shiner (Ex CPOETP4)
Hi to all ex pussers, I came across this site through the guestbook in the Gunplot site, great to see another navy site doing all they can for the boys. I did my bit from '69 to '84, paid off a a POMTP. I have an old mate over there in the West that I served with when we commissioned "Torrens", Ken Trousselot, how are you keeping Trouser? Keep up the great work China because you are much appreciated by everyone.
Found this site while looking for something else, it looks like it is going to be an excellent site and ill come back from time to time
Being X Navy/Weapons Mechanic(dibdab)I am naturally interested in any thing of the passed.I served on HMAS Queenborough,Duchess,Attack,Sydney(Vung Tau Ferry) and Vampire between 1966 and 1973.It is a long way from the East coast to the West coast of Australia but your web site has closed the gap.I will be visiting this site regualy from now on. Keep the good work up and have a nice day. Darrel Henderson.
Just found this sight and interested in details of my service. Might help to clear up a few things.