Friday, June 21, 2024

Happy 100th Birthday Fred Cullen

Happy 100th birthday to Frederick (Fred) Cullen who was born in Wangaratta, Victoria.

In November 1942, Fred joined the Australian Army and served with 4th Australian Field Regiment.

He was based in New Guinea – Bougainville, Lae, Ramu Valley and Shaggy Ridge.

While doing reconnaissance for Brigadier Bill Cremor, Fred was shot by a Japanese sniper. A bullet went through his hat and hit his head. He suffered a fractured skull and was assisted by a member of the 15th Field Ambulance, Les Atkins, who Fred is still in contact with today.

While in hospital, Fred met his future wife, Carmel Quinn, who was visiting veterans returning from the war.

After the war, Fred studied for a diploma in Horticultural Science and a degree in Arts and Commerce. He then worked in the Victorian Public Service and retired in 1983.

Fred has a broad range of interests including current affairs, watching sport, gardening, and was Secretary of the Regimental Association for more than 50 years.

Fred credits his long life to his late wife, Carmel, and his growing family of four children and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Happy birthday Fred and thank you for your service. #TYFYS#OurVeterans

Courtesy Minister of Veterans’ Affairs, Darren Chester.

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