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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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1 May 2017

Letter to the Editor

On May 4 we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea, which has been called, “the battle that saved Australia”.

It was fought in waters north east of Queensland, between the Solomon Islands and the eastern tip of New Guinea between 4 and 8 May 1942, where Australian and American ships halted the Japanese invasion of Papua New Guinea.

No Australians were killed in the battle although almost 550 Americans were killed or wounded and the aircraft carrier USS Lexington sunk.

The battle strengthened the strong bond between Australia and the USA. To honour that bond, the Government has approved $25,000 to support a dinner held on the USS Intrepid on May 4, with all money raised used to create an American-Australian Veterans' Scholarship Fund for disabled veterans to pursue undergraduate or postgraduate study and to support directional scholarship grants between our two nations.

Lest we forget

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