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 Jane Mander Retirement Village - Meet Vince McGlone

 

Hello my name is Vince McGlone, and I live in the resthome here at Jane Mander. I have six children and twelve grandchildren, and have lived a long and full life.

I manned a gun aboard the HMNZS Achilles during the Battle of the River Plate, I can still clearly recall the famous World War II battle in which the Achilles joined Allied ships the HMS Ajax and HMS Exeter in defeating German battleship the Graf Spee. Despite our ship coming under heavy fire and sustaining damage and casualties from the German pocket battleship; the three cruisers inflicted such damage on the much superiorly armed Graf Spee that it fled into the neutral Montevideo port. This led its captain to scuttle it rather than risk the lives of his sailors fighting their way through what they believed was a superior British force waiting for them.

I am proud to be the oldest living Navy veteran and I recently featured on the Seven Sharp programme. I have also starred in a TV advertisement for the Navy campaign.

I have been honoured with six medals throughout my time including the Atlantic Star, the Pacific Star, the British War Medal, the New Zealand War Medal, the New Zealand Occupational Medal and the Japanese Occupation Medal. 

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