Dad kept mum about the war
DIANE Duchateau's dad revealed little about his military service, but she knows he fought at Milne Bay in New Guinea during World War II.
Her husband and two sons also served in the armed forces, with her youngest boy posted to Timor.
So it was a very proud Diane who attended yesterday's Victory in the Pacific (VP) Day service in Coffs Harbour.
She was one of many members of the community, and veterans, who paused in perfect sunshine to remember the contributions of our Diggers.
VP Day, also known as VJ Day, commemorates Japan's acceptance 61 years ago of the Allied demand for unconditional surrender, bringing World War II to an end.
"My unit was still in action at Balikpa- pan in Borneo when those two famous bombs were dropped (on Hiroshima and Nagasaki)," guest speaker Sandy Betts said.
"The Japanese soldiers we rounded up claimed they did not surrender.
"To surrender was dishonourable for them, and it was better to commit hari- kari.
"Rather, they claimed the Emperor told them to stop fighting."