Peter Lucas WW2: 16yo Cook, US Army Small Ships

Posted on: Mon 26 Jul 2021

The RAAF refused Peter’s application to enlist.  He was too young! 

A determined Peter soon found himself signing on with US Army Small Ships instead and set off aboard the Liberty Ship SS David Gillard for Finschhafen New Guinea in 1943.  When they arrived, one of the men said, “…there’s a ship down there can’t sail without a cook.  You’re Greek, so you must be able to cook!”  and despite not knowing a thing about cooking, Peter took on the role, improvising from what he recalled of his Mum’s cooking.

Interviewer Helen Meyer

US Army Small Ships Association Inc

Main photo:  Moa Moa.. Photo provided by US Army Small Ships Association and used with permission.

George Ling USASS Australia WW2

Peter Lucas with one of his very much loved Grandchildren 2019

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