• Robert Sroczynski and Persis Eskander

    Robert Sroczynski and Persis Eskander

  • Pauline Millar, Sandie Kaine and Dawn Boag

    Pauline Millar, Sandie Kaine and Dawn Boag

  • Patricia Dias and Joanne Allen

    Patricia Dias and Joanne Allen

  • Larry Doherty, Chele Sachs and Colonel Doug Sachs, Kristen Flores and Captain Val Kim

    Larry Doherty, Chele Sachs and Colonel Doug Sachs, Kristen Flores and Captain Val Kim

  • Kristen Flores with Larry and Alicia Doherty

    Kristen Flores with Larry and Alicia Doherty

  • Gordon and Fleur Johnson

    Gordon and Fleur Johnson

  • Larry Doherty and Kristen Flores

    Larry Doherty and Kristen Flores

  • Alicia Doherty, Gordon Johnson, Sir Angus Houston and Paul Hornsby

    Alicia Doherty, Gordon Johnson, Sir Angus Houston and Paul Hornsby

  • Gordon Johnson and Sir Angus Houston

    Gordon Johnson and Sir Angus Houston

  • The short and the long of the it............ Gordon Johnson and Sir Angus Houston

    The short and the long of the it............ Gordon Johnson and Sir Angus Houston

  • Val Kim and Judy Buck

    Val Kim and Judy Buck

  • Kristen Flores and Paul Hornsby

    Kristen Flores and Paul Hornsby

  • Val Kim and Kristen Flores

    Val Kim and Kristen Flores

  • Kristen Flores of Fort Worth Texas and her cousin Alicia Doherty AAA Canberra President

    Kristen Flores of Fort Worth Texas and her cousin Alicia Doherty AAA Canberra President

  • Val Kim, Larry and Alicia Doherty, Kristen Flores and Paul Hornsby

    Val Kim, Larry and Alicia Doherty, Kristen Flores and Paul Hornsby

  • Pinned.....Sir Angus Houston and his new pin

    Pinned.....Sir Angus Houston and his new pin

  • Pinning.....

    Pinning.....

  • Paul Hornsby and Sir Angus Houston

    Paul Hornsby and Sir Angus Houston

  • Daniel Liew, David Evans and Emily Byrne

    Daniel Liew, David Evans and Emily Byrne

  • Gerd King, Les Boag and David Millar

    Gerd King, Les Boag and David Millar

  • Devin Clementi, Judy Buck Robert Sroczynski and Ritu Clementi

    Devin Clementi, Judy Buck Robert Sroczynski and Ritu Clementi

  • Joan Waldren, Dot Barclay, Maura Pierlat and Margaret Baker

    Joan Waldren, Dot Barclay, Maura Pierlat and Margaret Baker

  • Val Kim, Michael Keating, Chris and Jacquelyn Richards

    Val Kim, Michael Keating, Chris and Jacquelyn Richards

  • Dale Dunn and Amelia Favretto

    Dale Dunn and Amelia Favretto

  • Chris and Jacquelyn Richards

    Chris and Jacquelyn Richards

  • Chele and Colonel Doug Sachs

    Chele and Colonel Doug Sachs

  • Ben Parsons and Kate McIntyre with Kieran Pierlat and Peter Barclay

    Ben Parsons and Kate McIntyre with Kieran Pierlat and Peter Barclay

  • Belinda and David Kenyon

    Belinda and David Kenyon

  • Sir Angus Houston, Matgaret Baker and Lady Houston

    Sir Angus Houston, Matgaret Baker and Lady Houston

AAA Coral Sea Commemoration Dinner

8 May 2015

Gordon Johnson is a fine old sea dog with an intimate knowledge of the Battle of the Coral Sea because he was there as a telegrapher on the HMAS Hobart. But he will be a happy old sea dog when the Australian Government officially recognizes this battle for its significance and not as just a generalisation that is called the War in the Pacific.

The dinner to commemorate the anniversary of that battle is a special one on the social calendar of the Australian American Association and I was lucky to be sitting at the table named for the HMAS Hobart with Gordon and his wife Fleur, Sir Angus and Lady (Liz) Houston and Colonel Doug and Chele Sachs where what I needed to know to understand this battle was right at hand. It was famously the first battle where the view from the bridge was not to eyeball the enemy but a seaview to the unseen, and it was all up to the pilots.

There was a message from PM Tony Abbott and President Obama, a fine speech from Sir Angus extrapolating the detail of what came after the battle and from Gordon a heartfelt hope that recognition will come. With Sir Angus ‘aboard’ I reckon it might.