"I was in Fremantle aboard the Anthedon in '44 and eventually sailed up to Subic Bay, where I served as a communications officer, welfare and recreation (?) officer and ship newscaster.
"After the bomb, we were one of the first co leave for home. Actually, I was lucky enough to get a berth on the Gilmore, which was like a cruise ship compared to the Anthedon.
"Admiral Fife was the flag officer for the 7th Fleet Submarine Force, headquartered aboard the Anthedon for some months.
"What I remember best about our time in Fremantle (aside from the Aussie women) was that whenever a British or Dutch tender tied up next to us, out came the rat guards for the lines that tied us to the Fremantle dock!"