(ANSA) – ROME, AUGUST 08 – A moving meeting in the Solomon Islands between Caroline Kennedy, ambassador to Australia, and the children of the two locals who saved the diplomat’s father, John F. Kennedy, during the Second World War.
Caroline traveled to the islands to commemorate the bloody battle of Guadalcanal, reports the Guardian, which pitted the Japanese and the Americans eighty years ago. Jfk at the time commanded a patrol vessel, the Pt-109, which was rammed by a Japanese destroyer. The future president, who earned a reputation as a war hero, managed to rescue the crew on an island controlled by Japanese forces. Two civilians linked to the resistance entered the scene: Eroni Kumana and Biuku Gasa, who delivered a coconut on which Jfk had described the events to an Australian contact. Eventually he and his men were recovered by the allied forces.
Caroline, meeting with emotion Kumana’s son and Gasa’s daughter, handed them a replica of the coconut.
The two, who disappeared in 2005 and 2014, were invited by Jfk to take the presidential oath of 1961, but the island authorities did not allow it. (HANDLE).