Buckshot Bear Posted December 8, 2022 Share Posted December 8, 2022 My Dad fought in New Guinea in WWII, he was in the Second Australian Imperial Force (2nd AIF) and volunteered for the Commando's and did his training and obtained his beret. His commando company was in almost constant contact with the enemy. The official war diary history of the 12 commando squadrons raised by the Australian Army during the Second World War makes for incredible reading. He brought back two samurai swords off two dead Japanese officers (plus a lot of photos of Japanese soldiers and their families that I can remember one day he sat in the backyard and burned them) some other bits and pieces and a carved chopstick box that I have that was booby trapped and he stopped a US Lieutenant from touching. The samurai swords used to be kept on top of a wardrobe in my parents room, boys being boys two of my older brothers used to get them down and play with them. They were razor sharp and my Mum was terrified that they would get hurt. Dad eventually donated them to a very large R.S.L Club (Returned Servicemen's Club) these clubs were almost in every neighbourhood and restaurants, poker machines and bars...some were multi story buildings and they were open to the general public. The two samurai swords were in a showcase when one walked into the foyer entrance of this large R.S.L club. With the passing of time and WWI & WWII returned servicemen passing on, many R.S.L clubs closed their doors forever as did this one around a year ago that had the two samurai swords that Dad donated. When I knew that they had closed, I rang the last President and enquired what happened to the swords hoping to hear that they had been donated to the Canberra War Memorial.....instead I heard "I have no idea where they are, but they have disappeared". 8 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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