Victory in Pacific recalled

Cheers: Liverpool RSL sub-branch president John Baron with ex-servicemen Jim Hall and Frank Huckstepp will honour Victory in the Pacific Day at Cabra-Vale Diggers Club tomorrow. Picture: Simon Bennett

Cheers: Liverpool RSL sub-branch president John Baron with ex-servicemen Jim Hall and Frank Huckstepp will honour Victory in the Pacific Day at Cabra-Vale Diggers Club tomorrow. Picture: Simon Bennett

EX-SERVICEMEN Jim Hall and Frank Huckstepp will never forget the day Japan surrendered to Allied forces.

That day was August 15, 1945 — the day World War II ended and the day which will forever be remembered as Victory in the Pacific.

Mr Hall, 87, of Mt Pritchard, was just 16 when he became a soldier for the Royal Australian Army in 1942.

He served in the 2/17 infantry battalion from 1942 to 1946.

"I served in Papua New Guinea before finishing up in Borneo and then guarding the prisoners of war after it was all over," he said.

His mate, Mr Huckstepp, 92, of West Hoxton, also spent six years serving in the Torres Strait Islands.

"I was working with RADAR (Radio Detection And Ranging) at the time," he said.

Both veterans will commemorate the official end of World War II tomorrow when they attend Victory in the Pacific Day at Cabra-Vale Diggers Club.

Liverpool RSL sub-branch president John Baron said more than 500 people were expected to attend.

"There will be 10 local schools attending, with the kids taking part in a march from the club to Cabra-Vale Memorial Park," he said.

"They will also be provided with wreathes and lay them during the ceremony."

Mr Baron, who lost his brother in WWII, said the NSW Police Force band will also be in attendance. Human Services Minister Senator Marise Payne will be a guest speaker.

"It's such an important day because during the war, we were worried all the time about our relatives," he said.

"So when we won, the war was over and we knew no one else would get killed."

The commemorations will start at 10.45am at Cabra-Vale Diggers Club tomorrow, 1 Bartley Street, Canley Vale. Details: 9727 3600.

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