Mr Charlie Maurice

PO Box 165

Long Jetty NSW 2261

Phone 02 4333 5262


LCDR Steven Reynolds CSM RAN

122 Thomas Mitchell Road

Killarney Vale NSW 2261

Email  NAATuggerahlakes@gmail.com

Phone 02 4332 2683

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Long Jetty NSW 2261

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Battle of the Coral Sea remembered at The Entrance

ONE of the most important naval battles in Australian military history was remembered at The Entrance.

May 6, 2012 marked the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea, and was a time to remember the battle that turned back the Japanese forces and possibly saved Australia.

Lieutenant Commander Steven Reynolds CSM, of Killarney Vale, said a lot of historians believed that without the Battle of the Coral Sea Australia would have been invaded.

“It was the first major naval battles where the opposing forces didn’t see each other and used carrier-based air power to cripple the opposition,” he said.

“US aircraft carriers, with associated Australian ships, went up against three Japanese carriers who were veterans of the Pearl Harbor conflict in Hawaii.”

Lt Cdr Reynolds has lived on the Central Coast with his family for the past 25 years.

He joined as a 15-year-old recruit and worked his way up through ranks to Warrant Officer and then officer in 2005.

“It was a family decision to remain on the Central Coast,” Lt Cdr Reynolds said.

“Every time we cross that Hawkesbury Bridge we love it.

“Throughout my career I had to go to Western Australia for two years and my wife Jane and our four children stayed on the Central Coast.

“I know it has been hard for my wife and family over the years as I was also away for 22 out of 24 months, another time I spent seven months in the Gulf in the war area.”

Mrs Reynolds is an Honorary Member for Life of the Naval Association of Australia for her continuous voluntary work.

The Battle of the Coral Sea, fought from May 4-8, 1942, was a major naval battle in the Pacific between the Imperial Japanese Navy and Allied naval and air forces from the United States and Australia.

The battle was the first fleet action in which aircraft carriers engaged each other, as well as the first in which neither side’s ships sighted or fired directly upon the other.

In1942 many people believed that Australia had been saved from invasion by the Battle of the Coral Sea. A speech at the time by Prime Minister John Curtin makes this clear.