Doug Rouse's story
Doug Rouse enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) on 26 March 1941 in Sheffield, Tasmania.
He became a sapper in the 2/12th Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers. The unit was sent to New Guinea where it worked with the Americans building roads and runways.
Doug recalled serving in Buna and Lae on the north coast of New Guinea. He was strafed (low air attacks) several times by Japanese planes while building a wharf at Buna. He remembered lying flat on the ground in his tent as the bombs fell.
He also remembered the Americans as good and generous people whose units were particularly well equipped.
Doug was discharged from the AIF on 3 November 1944 and returned to Tasmania.