Nine get war medals
By DAWN COHEN
AGED just 17, Hendricka Wessels risked her life bringing food to an Australian airman hiding in a Dutch village during World War II.
Yesterday, the former Dutch Resistance fighter was one of nine veterans and widows awarded a commemorative medallion in Ballina to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the war.
"I am very pleased I came in to receive it rather than having it sent to me," the Ballina resident said.
"I learned from what we all went through that war is never worth it."
About 300,000 medals are being distributed throughout the country to mark the anniversary of Japan's surrender on August 15, 60 years ago.
The medallions, presented at the Ballina RSL Club, feature the Australian coat-of-arms and a design symbolic of the three services ? the Army, Navy and Air Force. Medallions and memories to honour themCommemorative Medallion Recipients from Ballina.
Norma Parmenter, wife of Leading Aircraftsman George Cuthbert Parmenter.
Craftsman Trevor Bancroft, served in the Australian Army 2/7 ADV WK/SHP
Private William Jung, served with 64 Australian Infantry Batal- lion in Moratai.
Maisie Stratton, wife of Private Noel Stratton who served in New Guinea with the 2/17 Batallion 9 Division.
Hendrika Wessels who served in the Dutch Resistance, and on behalf of Dutch pilot, Hendrick Wessels.
Pamela Laing, wife of Signalman Wilson Laing who served in 9 Corps of Signals.
Jessie Roberts, wife of Private Jack Roberts, who served in New Guinea.
Enid Armbruster, wife of Private Leslie Armbruster who served in 2/2 Field Regiment.
Lynette Wright and Nancy Cupitt were also awarded medals on behalf of their husbands.