THE theft of a memorial plaque has marred a service on Sunday, May 18, marking the The Cities Service Boston maritime incident.
Held on Sunday this year, the event is staged annually to recognise the efforts of Australian Infantry men who successfully rescued 62 US soldiers from the vessel grounded at the Bass Point in 1943.
Four of the Six Machine Gun Battalion lost their lives when a wave washed them and six others into the sea during the stormy night time rescue.
It’s believed the plaque was stolen a few days before Sunday’s service. Shellharbour City Council has ordered a replacement, which is expected to be installed within the next four weeks.
On Sunday more than 100 people, including last surviving rescuer and member of the battalion, Mick Wilkinson, 93, attended the ceremony.
Mayor Marianne Saliba said was upsetting that someone would remove the plaque.
‘‘This is a hurtful, harmful act that disrespects those involved in the rescue, their families and the whole community,’’ Cr Saliba said.