World War II

My father: A Croatian-Aussie battler

This story is a tribute to my father, Petar Salečić (also known as Peter Salecich), who was born in a small Croatian village on this day, October 16, 99 years ago. It’s an abridged version of the eulogy I delivered at his funeral service that was held in Brisbane (Queensland, Australia), on April 17, 2009. […] Read more…

My father: A Croatian-Aussie battler via @jsalecich

1943, Wau, New Guinea: An Amazing Escape

My father rarely spoke about his wartime experiences. Growing up, I knew very little about what my father actually did during his 5½ years of military service during World War II. I was aware that he served first in Darwin, then overseas in the Middle East and New Guinea (present-day Papua New Guinea), but I […] Read more…

1943, Wau, New Guinea: An Amazing Escape via @jsalecich

My mother, a young woman

This story is a tribute to my late mother, Evelyn. It’s about my mother as a young woman, during the 1930s and 1940s, in the years before I was born. My story reveals a lively, courageous and competent young woman. It’s a personal story, but one that I hope inspires, challenges and touches your heart. […] Read more…

My mother, a young woman via @jsalecich