WW2-5 - War at Sea

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5th Badge in the WW2 Spirit of ANZAC Series

Ordinary Seaman Edward 'Teddy' Sheean was killed during the attack by Japanese aircraft which sank the Bathurst Class corvette HMAS Armidale in the Arafura Sea on 1 December 1942. After the order to "abandon ship", Sheean, although twice wounded, stayed at his post at the aft Oerlikon gun, bringing down an enemy bomber. He was still firing when the ship sank.

In May 1999 Sheean was honoured by the RAN when Collins Class Submarine No. 5 was named HMAS Sheean. This is the first occasion on which a RAN vessel has been named after an ordinary seaman.

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