WWII veteran visits base where his service began

A World War II veteran has returned to the shore establishment where his career in the Royal Australian Navy began almost seven decades ago.

CAPTION: Former Able Seaman Ronald Bergman, 94, (and inset in the 1940s) is presented a World War II 75th anniversary commemorative medallion by the Executive Officer HMAS Cerberus Commander Martin Holzberger during Mr Bergman’s visit to the base. Photo by Leading Seaman James McDougall.

Former Able Seaman Ron Bergman, aged 94, served in the Royal Australian Navy between 1942 and 1947 as an AA3 gunner.

He undertook his recruit and basic category training at HMAS Cerberus before serving at sea in HMAS Warramunga I.

On February 19, Ron Bergman, his brother Don, a former Army captain, and other members of his family were given a VIP tour of Cerberus.

During his visit, Mr Bergman was presented with a World War II 75th anniversary commemorative medallion and certificate of appreciation by the Executive Officer Cerberus, Commander Martin Holzberger, who is a former HMAS Warramunga II crew member, giving the pair a unique bond.

“No matter where I served, I always enjoyed sharing a brew or a meal with those associated with Warramunga. That ship is very special to me,” Mr Bergman said.

Mr Bergman was asked what words of wisdom he could offer today’s recruits starting their careers.

Mr Bergman spent the majority of his post-military life living in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.

He was a master builder and telephone technician but has always tried to maintain close ties with his military family.






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