The ABC’s 7’30 Report of 24th April 2013 featured a story on the HMAS Perth survivors at the Anzac Parade.
From the transcript:
One dark night off the coast of Java in 1942, two Allied ships were caught off-guard and forced to face the invading Japanese battle fleet alone.
The Australian warships HMAS Perth and USS Houston fought gallantly against the odds, but both were torpedoed and sank within 30 minutes of each other. 1,100 Australian and American soldiers were lost at sea.
After 71 years, only 10 of the men from HMAS Perth who survived the battle are still alive and today’s ANZAC Day ceremonies had special significance for them, as Lisa Whitehead reports.