Posted by: Gregoryno6 | December 19, 2013

World War 2 has not given up all its secrets yet: The Ragtag Fleet.

The US Army called it ‘‘Operation X’’ but in Australia it was better known as ‘‘The Ragtag Fleet’’.

A flotilla of 3320 small Australian vessels of all shapes and sizes including fishing trawlers, tugs, ketches and schooners was requisitioned by the US Army to sail in 1942 under the stars and stripes flag, to establish a supply lifeline to US and Allied troops fighting the war against Japan…

Their contribution to the war effort has long been recognised by the US and the Philippines, and they have even been entitled to benefits under the Veterans Affairs system. But what they are seeking is recognition from the Australian government, with the award of the Australian Service Medal.

The story of the Ragtag Fleet is completely new to me, and I doubt that many Australians not related to these crewmen have ever heard of them. Given the appreciation shown by foreign governments, the reluctance of our own to do likewise is difficult to understand.

You can read the full article here.

Pacific Paratrooper, have you any information on this outfit?


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