HONOUR: Visiting Second World War veteran Jack Smith laid a wreath for the HMAS Maryborough crew of past. Smith served on board the original as a higher submarine detector between 1942 and 1944.  More photos on page 7.
HONOUR: Visiting Second World War veteran Jack Smith laid a wreath for the HMAS Maryborough crew of past. Smith served on board the original as a higher submarine detector between 1942 and 1944.  More photos on page 7. Valerie Horton

HMAS Maryborough crew remembered at 75th anniversary

BOB Evans couldn't believe more than two-and-a-half thousand people came out to the 75th anniversary of the HMAS Maryborough (II).

But the Maryborough RSL president said the aches of moving plenty of furniture in the lead up were worth it.

"It was a great success and really great day for Maryborough," he said.

"It's something which only happens once in a lifetime."

The HMAS Maryborough (II) company exercised their right to Freedom of Entry to mark the occasion.

With outstanding performances by the Royal Australian Navy band, which accompanied the crew through the streets of the Heritage City, it was an occasion to remember.

Bob said talks had begun with the ship's commander to fly down a HMAS Maryborough (II) crew member from Darwin every ANZAC day to help honour the spirit.

Second World War veteran Jack Smith, who served as a higher submarine detector onboard the original ship, visited to place a remembrance wreath for the crew of past.



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