John Hoffman, Musician: My Dad Robert

Posted on: Mon 20 Sep 2021

Special Guest interviewer Daniel O’Brien OAM meets up with migrant to Australia, musician John Hoffman in New South Wales, who tells us about his Dad Robert’s service in the South West Pacific area during WW2 with the SeaBees, The US Naval Construction Battalions. 

John is very humble about his own incredible career, playing trumpet with the greats such as  The Glen Miller Orchestra, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen MacRae and Tony Bennet. 

Interviewer Daniel O’Brien OAM

Image L to R: AWM Balikpapan, Borneo. 1945-07. American Seabees building a pontoon to accelerate the unloading of supplies from ships unable to reach the beach.  John Hoffman, photo taken by D O’Brien 2021 and used with permission.

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