Jackie McDonald discusses the service of her grandfather Peter Ford in New Guinea and a number of his brothers who also served in World War 2, including Douglas Ford who was decorated for his service in the middle east and the Pacific. Jackie then speaks about her brother Michael who served for 2 years in the Navy during the late 1960s including on HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Derwent, before going on to talk about the service of other members of her family.
This interview took place on 23 April 2015 in Tweed Heads and was conducted by Dr Allison Cadzow with Craig Greene as part of the Australian Research Council-funded research project Serving our Country: a history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the defence of Australia. This is the second of two interviews Jackie gave for the project, her first was a joint interview with Trish Borg where Jackie focused on her grandmother’s side of the family.
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