Jim Saad

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December 31, 2009
He was born in Lebanon in 1921 and migrated to Australia in 1923. He started work at the age of 14. Jim is married with 4 children. In 1939 he tried to join the Australian Army but was turned back because he was too young. A year later he managed to join the Special Forces of the Australian Army. In 1941 he departed with the Australian troops to the Middle East, he visited Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Egypt. He camped a few kilometres from his native village but he did not have a clue where he was. He returned to Australia in 1941 to help defend against Japanese attacks and was awarded 6 medals, War Medal (1939-1945), Specific Star Medal, War Medal, Defence Medal, Service Medal and the Special Service Medal awarded to him by the Governor General. Since he retired he has worked as welfare officer.

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