Coolangatta United States Destroyer, USS Mugford, Memorial

Location of Coolangatta United States Destroyer, USS Mugford, Memorial

Point Danger,Boundary Street
Coolangatta QLD 4225

A stone cairn resting on a stone plinth base. The memorial displays a half globe on top and bronze plaques on the faces.

Inscription

IN RECOGNITION OF THE BRAVERY
AND COMPASSION OF THE COMMANDER
& CREW OF THE UNITED STATES
DESTROYER, USS MUGFORD, WHO RESCUED
THE SURVIVORS OF THE AUSTRALIAN HOSPITAL
SHIP CENTAUR ON THE 15TH MAY 1943.

TO EFFECT THE RESCUE MUGFORD WAS AT
CONSIDERABLE RISK OF ATTACK BY ENEMY
SUBMARINES. MEMBERS OF THE CREW SHOWED
GREAT BRAVERY IN ENTERING THE SHARK INFESTED
WATERS TO AID SURVIVORS.

THIS PLAQUE WAS PRESENTED BY THE AUSTRALIAN
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION, GOLD COAST QUEENSLAND
DIVISION, A MAJOR SPONSOR OF THE CENTAUR MEMORIAL
FUND.

(Please refer toadditional informationfor further inscriptions and list of names)

Conflicts commemorated
  • Second World War, 1939–1945
  • Unit memorials
Memorial type
Stone/cairn/plinth
Additional information

The USS Mugford Mmorial along with the Centaur Memorial were unveiled on14 May 1993, the 50th anniversary of the sinking of the Australian Hospital Ship.

The Walk of Remembrance is dedicated to the memorial of the men and women who lost their lives in the forty-one Allied and Australian Naval and Merchant ships sunk along Australia's coastlineduring World War Two.

Recorded by
Shirley and Trevor McIvor; Queensland War Memorial Register
Date recorded
16 March 2009

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