Clarence Dietman - Joining the navy and training

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1 min
Department of Veterans' Affairs


It was before I was 17, I applied for the Navy 'cause you can join the Navy when you're ... In 1943, I joined the Navy and was drafted to HMAS Penguin, on the 13th of April 1945 ... '43, I mean, 13th of April '43.

It was quite, very interesting, but we had the ... The first three weeks we had the pray-ground instructions and we had a Petty Officer called, Petty Officer Grimrod, and bloody hell was he grim! But he was so efficient.

I nearly poked a bloke's eyes out behind me when we had to fix bayonets one day and he scared the hell outta me. I didn't drop my bayonet after that.

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