'Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels' to receive medals - too little, too lateJuly 23 2009 at 12:09 PM
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'Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels' to receive medals
July 23, 2009 - 10:44AM
Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, local civilians who provided vital help to Australian troops in Papua New Guinea during World War II, are to receive commemorative medals from the Australian government.
Australia's Veteran Affairs Minister Alan Griffin on Thursday afternoon will present two medals to two Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels at a ceremony at the Bomana War Cemetery just outside the capital Port Moresby.
The medallions recognise their service and sacrifice during intense fighting along the Kokoda Track where 600 diggers died when forcing back invading Japanese soldiers.
Some 55,000 PNG citizens served as civilians and carried supplies, built bases and airfields and evacuated the sick and wounded during fighting.
PNG villagers spread throughout the country assisted Australian forces in various crucial battles during the war but the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels on the Kokoda Track have become synonymous with that partnership.
Considering the Kokoda battle began in July 1942 and the carriers were around 18 years old, most medallion recipients will now be in their 80s.
It is not clear how many Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels remain to receive the award but the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby is encouraging eligible locals to apply.
The medallions feature the iconic image of a Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel helping a wounded Australian along the Kokoda Track.
© 2009 AAP
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|July 23 2009, 3:38 PM |
wat??? thats so bad ! how ya ? how can they do this to the very wantoks and fore fathers that helped us be free from japanese invasion ? wssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhh