Sydney Under Attack: Japanese Midget Submarine 31 May – 1 June 1942
Looking back on the Japanese midget submarine attack on Sydney.
Mrs Matsuo's story
Mrs Matsuo Matsue was the mother of Lieutenant Matsuo Keiu, one of the six Japanese submariners who died that night. In 1968, at the age of 83, she visited Australia to thank the authorities for the honorable treatment of her son's remains. One of the tokens of gratitude she presented was a hand-written poem that is kept at the Memorial's Research Centre.
Original Poem (87 KB, PDF)
hand-written by Mrs Matsuo
The English translation:
Bottom of the sea
Died while diving
Given a navy funeral
I am grateful for your kindness
Umi no soko