After sharing his extraordinary story of survival aboard the HMAS Canberra, Yarrawonga’s Des Jones was a special guest at a service to mark the 75th anniversary of the ship’s sinking.
Mr Jones featured in the Yarrawonga Chronicle earlier this month, recalling the night he was a young sailor aboard the HMAS Canberra when it was attacked by the Japanese in the battle of Savo Island.
He told of the noise and chaos during the early morning attack, the devastating injuries and the tragedy of losing 84 lives in the early hours of August 9, 1942.
Mr Jones was joined by members of the Yarrawonga Mulwala RSL Sub-Branch and the community in marking the anniversary of the HMAS Canberra sinking at a service held at the Memorial Wall on August 9.
He took the opportunity to lay a wreath at the wall and joined in a moment of reflection remembering the many lives lost.