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5 May 2018
AUSTRALIANS ENCOURAGED TO
RECOGNISE BATTLE OF CORAL SEA DAY
anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea,
which ended Japanese attempts on Port Moresby by
sea, will be commemorated today with a national
service at the Shrine of Remembrance in
Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said the Battle
of the Coral Sea had long been regarded as “the
battle that saved Australia”.
“The Battle of
the Coral Sea is the largest naval battle that
has ever been fought off Australia’s shores and
is significant because it prevented a Japanese
sea-borne invasion of Port Moresby,” Mr Chester
“The battle was
fought in the waters southwest of the Solomon
Islands and east of New Guinea between 4 and 8
May 1942 and was one of a series of actions that
year which ended the Japanese threat to
Japanese had been successful they could have
landed a force in Port Moresby, furthering their
aim to cut sea routes between Australia and the
were killed during the naval battle although
more than 550 Americans were killed or wounded
and the United States aircraft carrier USS
Lexington was sunk.
commemorations in Melbourne, which involve a
wreath-laying service, are an opportunity to
show thanks and gratitude to the service men and
women of Australia and the United States who
saved the nation from imminent threat.
“I offer the
thanks of grateful generations to the men and
women who sacrificed so much in the defence of
our country,” Mr Chester said.
anniversary, we remember those who fought in the
Battle of the Coral Sea. Their efforts will
never be forgotten.”
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