The entrance to St Christopher's Chapel, on the outskirts of Rockhampton, with the honour roll identifying Jack Fleming (fourth name down) as one of the committee responsible for refurbishing and maintaining the chapel since World War II. Mid-caption: United States Major General Scott W. Johnson took time out from Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011 recently to meet Rockhampton resident Jack Fleming at Sunset Ridge Retirement Community at Emu Ridge. Ninety-five-year-old Jack is an American World War II veteran who settled in Rockhampton after the war to marry his sweetheart, raise a family and build a life. Major General Johnson, Deputy Commander of the US Army's 40th Infantry Division based at Los Alamitos, California, presented Jack with a commemorative coin and thanked him for his service to the United States and continuing to foster Australia-US relations. Jack is one of the 70,000 US military personnel temporarily stationed in Rockhampton during World War II. Like many, Jack came to Camp Rocky for training prior to joining the war in the Pacific. After the war he returned to marry local girl Joyce Fleming and, together, they raised four children. Jack first worked as a builder and later became a master builder himself. A strong advocate of giving back, Jack received a lifetime membership to Rotary International for his community work and is one of a small band of people dedicated to maintaining St Christopher's Chapel, a local non-denominational chapel built by US servicemen during the war. Exercise Talisman Sabre (11-29 July 2011) is a major bilateral exercise designed to train Australian and United States forces in planning and conducting combined operations across the full spectrum of military operations from conventional conflict to peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance in order to improve Australian-US combat readiness and interoperability. Photograph by LSIS Andrew Dakin 1st Joint Public Affairs Unit
The entrance to St Christopher's Chapel, on the outskirts of Rockhampton, with the honour roll identifying Jack Fleming (fourth name down) as one of the committee responsible for refurbishing and maintaining the chapel since World War II. Mid-caption: United States Major General Scott W. Johnson took time out from Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011 recently to meet Rockhampton resident Jack Fleming at Sunset Ridge Retirement Community at Emu Ridge. Ninety-five-year-old Jack is an American World War II veteran who settled in Rockhampton after the war to marry his sweetheart, raise a family and build a life. Major General Johnson, Deputy Commander of the US Army's 40th Infantry Division based at Los Alamitos, California, presented Jack with a commemorative coin and thanked him for his service to the United States and continuing to foster Australia-US relations. Jack is one of the 70,000 US military personnel temporarily stationed in Rockhampton during World War II. Like many, Jack came to Camp Rocky for training prior to joining the war in the Pacific. After the war he returned to marry local girl Joyce Fleming and, together, they raised four children. Jack first worked as a builder and later became a master builder himself. A strong advocate of giving back, Jack received a lifetime membership to Rotary International for his community work and is one of a small band of people dedicated to maintaining St Christopher's Chapel, a local non-denominational chapel built by US servicemen during the war. Exercise Talisman Sabre (11-29 July 2011) is a major bilateral exercise designed to train Australian and United States forces in planning and conducting combined operations across the full spectrum of military operations from conventional conflict to peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance in order to improve Australian-US combat readiness and interoperability. Photograph by LSIS Andrew Dakin 1st Joint Public Affairs Unit

Star Spangled Banner to ring out at St Christopher’s Chapel

THE Star Spangled Banner will ring out from St Christopher's Chapel at Nerimbera this weekend when Livingstone Shire Council host a special service from 2pm, Sunday.

The service is a celebration of the friendships that were made between the American and Australian forces during WWII and the lasting dedication the Chapel leaves behind today. 2015 will commemorate 72 years since the Chapel's first dedication and 60 years since its rededication.

All members of the public are welcome to join us at the service with an afternoon tea to follow.



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