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The dictionary defines a hero as one, noted for courageous acts or nobility of character. A person who has special achievements, abilities or personal qualities and is regarded as a role model or ideal.

My heroes are not elite athletes. While they may fit the definition, to me they are ‘stars.’ The men and women who died or put their lives on the line for their country - they are my ‘heroes.’

My father enlisted as a nineteen year old and twelve months after basic training was selected as a Section Sergeant to form the 75th Mobile Search Battery, destined for North Queensland. He led patrols into remote and rugged coastal areas around the Cape searching for enemy infiltration. The maps were not always up to scratch and often the men ran short of food and water. He never saw armed combat but was prepared to fight overseas if the call came.

Bill Kerr was my hero. A role model, courageous, loyal, a leader, who rose to full Sergeant and acting Company Sergeant Major. I am grateful for his example and for all Australians who have sacrificed their lives, their physical and mental health for my freedom.

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