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Don Johnson in Syria 1941

Returning to Australia
Returning to Australia

The photo is a copy of a painting from the Australian War Museum CAT 105 by Sir William Dargie of Reg Ward standing and Don Johnson sitting by the twin Lewis machine guns on the Felix Rouselle during their return from the Middle Eastern war in Syria in 1941.

The ship carried prisoners to Adeliade from the Middle East, and the Vichy French crew tried to take the ship to occupied France, Don held a revolver to the frog Captains head and made him turn south to South Africa, hijacked the ship to do it using the Lewis guns to keep the Vichy crew below decks till they got home across the Indian ocean...Kokoda Track1942

Another time I was sitting behind a gum tree with the bulldog ants eating me alive, and the Japs were knocking the bark off both sides of the tree. My eyes were full of bark chips and If that wasn't bad enough, my mate George Gibson was throwing sticks at me and yelling. "Stop jumping around you bastard you`re drawing the crabs!" The bulldog ants were all over me in my clothes and me I was trying to pull the bastards off while under fire. The ant nest was at the butt of the tree I was behind. Two choices to be bitten or shot? Taken from "MEN OF COURAGE" Don Johnson's September 1942 memory of events.......

Taken from a book of Don Johnson's personal experience on the Kokoda track in New Guinea in 1942...Publisher sought.
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