Fewer good men left to remember

By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.com.au

ALEC Scrivener is "laid up'' by doctor's orders ? not that it will stop him from attending today's Victory in the Pacific (VP) Day celebrations.

Alec's leg has been stitched up after surgery and he is to keep his weight off it.

"Don't tell the doctor, but I'm going to be there for the medallion presentation,'' he said.

A function is being staged at Yaralla Sports Club from 10.30am for morning tea and a light lunch.

During that time Federal Member for Hinkler Paul Neville will officially present Commemorative Medallions to surviving World War II veterans or their widows.

Alec is keen to rejoin his friends, who are becoming fewer and fewer each year.

His leg has stitches after surgery and his doctor has told him to stay home and rest and certainly not to drive his car.

He will obey at least part of the instruction because he has lined up a friend to drive him to the commemoration function and back.

Alec served with the Royal Australian Navy during the war which included time in the Mediterranean, the Persian Gulf, the Bay of Bengal, and the Indian Ocean.

"All the work I did was in convoy and anti-submarine work,'' he said.

Alec said the most harrowing experience he had was during the British invasion of Sicily.

"I was in the crow's nest (an observation point high on the ship) when I saw the bay of a bomber open right over my head,'' he said.

"I would have been the first to go because I was the highest, but 200 or 300 other sailors would have died very soon after except that two Spitfires attacked the bomber which swerved before it dropped its load causing it to miss its target.''

Alec said he was puzzled why the 60th anniversary was chosen for the commemoration.

"On the other hand, if the celebrations were held any later, too many of the veterans would have died,'' he said.

"I guess they want to do this while there are still a few of us alive.

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