United States Army Small Ships Section Memorial
A simple brass plaque with the embossed emblem of the United States of America at the top and the inscription below, attached to a pillar in the foyer of the Grace Hotel. A secondary plaque bearing the dedication details sits below the Memorial.The memorial is located on the corner of York and King Streets.
This plaque commemorates the occupancy of the United States Army Small Ships Section in this building from May 1942 to January 1947. During this period over 3,000 Australian men and boys were recruited to man the small ships which supplied American and Australian servicemen who were fighting the Japanese in the New Guinea Campaign 1942 to 1944. These men and boys were aged from 15 years of age to over 65 years of age. The men and boys of the U.S. Army Small Ships later served in the Philippine Island landings, Okinawa and the occupation of Japan. The plaque is also dedicated to the memory of those men and boys who did not return. [Secondary plaque] This plaque was installed on Tuesday 15th May, 2001. It was unveiled by Richard L Greene Consul General for the United States and Ernest A Flint MBE, ED on behalf of the Small Ships Veterans. The plaque was dedicated by the Reverend Tom Hill, Principal Chaplain of the Mission to Seamen of NSW.