Battle of the Coral Sea 75th Commemoration: Norm Tame

Patrolling in the Coral Sea. It got that way that we referred to it as the ’40 acre paddock’ When we got the news of what happened at Pearl Harbor Bill Kyle said ‘they’ve got a big navy… [that’s what we wanted] …and a lot aircraft carriers’ This was the biggest fleet of American ships I saw The Japanese came over, and they attacked It was very hot, very hot…especially when you had your anti-flash gear on After the battle, the four inch guns on the Australia – the twin mounted anti-aircraft guns – the barrels were burnt out It was the first naval battle that was ever fought without the enemy ships sighting one another And when we met the first Americans and they were pretty fine sort of blokes

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