It’s Fuzzy Wuzzy Day

Raphael Oimbari helps George "Dick" Whittington.

Slowly but surely the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels are being fully recognized for their heroic efforts during WWII. Affectionately referred to as Fuzzy Wuzzies  by the Australian soldiers (because of their hair), these brave Paupua New Guinea villagers were instrumental in carrying sick and wounded diggers out of the rugged terrain of Kokoda during World War II. One Aussie digger said of them …“They carried stretchers over seemingly impassable barriers, with the patient reasonably comfortable. The care they give to the patient is magnificent. If night finds the stretcher still on the track, they will find a level spot and build a shelter over the patient. They will make him as comfortable as possible fetch him water and feed him if food is available, regardless of their own needs. They sleep four each side of the stretcher and if the patient moves or requires any attention during the night, this is given instantly. These were the deeds of the ‘Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels’ – for us!”

It is also noted that not one injured soldier was ever abandoned by the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels even when under heavy fire from the enemy. It has long been a travesty that it took the Australian Government until 2008 to recognize these brave men for their courage and bravery.
Today  Papua New Guinea is celebrating “Fuzzy Wuzzy Day” with 6 Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels to receive special honour of Australia medallions.



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12 responses to “It’s Fuzzy Wuzzy Day


    Great to hear that they are at last getting regonition. Good story Loon. makes me feel all fuzzy wuzzy lol

  2. Wow this is the first that I’ve heard of them and that in itself is a sin. They were incredible and heroic. Lifetime movie stuff right there!

    • Seriously Scotty, these men were truly unsung heroes. It’s a friggin crime that the Australian government didn’t compensate them following the war. They should have all been given a small pension.

      A famous poem by Sapper Bert Beros

      The Fuzzy Wuzzies

      Many a mother in Australia
      when the busy day is done,
      Sends a prayer to the Almighty
      for the keeping of her son;
      Asking that an Angel guide him
      and bring him safely back –
      Now we see those prayers are answered
      on the Owen Stanley track.

      For they haven’t any haloes
      only holes slashed through the ear
      And their faces worked by tattoos
      with scratch pins in their hair:
      Bringing back the badly wounded
      just as steady as a horse,
      Using leaves to keep the rain off
      and as gentle as a nurse

      Slow and careful in bad places
      on the awful mountain track
      The look upon their faces
      Would make you think that Christ was black
      Not a move to hurt the wounded
      as they treat him like a saint
      It’s a picture worth recording
      that an artist’s yet to paint

      Many a lad will see his mother
      and husbands see their wives
      Just because the fuzzy wuzzy
      carried them to save their lives
      From mortar bombs and machine gun fire
      or chance surprise attacks
      To the safety and the care of doctors
      at the bottom of the track

      May the mothers of Australia
      when they offer up a prayer.
      Mention these impromptu angels
      with their fuzzy wuzzy hair

      • oh FFS, loon – what did you have to put that friggin poem up for ?

        Now I really am greetin’ 😥

        (Good job I’m not in the office today) 😳

  3. I thought Fuzzy Wuzzy was a Bear.
    I thought Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair.

    I can’t remember the rest.

    Oh yeah

    Fuzzy Wuzzy was a Bear,
    Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair,
    Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t so Fuzzy,
    Wuz he?


    Enjoyed that Loon.some amazing stories come out of war time and this is one of them. When I was a younger woman I couldn’t look at holocaust victims on TV because I felt sick being that these documentaries were usually shown Sunday nights around tea time. These images put me off my food so to speak.
    Now I embrace them and whilst I’ll never understand the enormity of their suffering I now watch any documentary that’s shown and read many books on WW 1 and 2 . There’s a great book called POW and it’s about the Australians under the Japanese and Weary Dunlop played a great part in operating on soldiers
    who were brutalised by war. There are many heroes who don’t get much recognition. Fortunately over the last 15 years they have erected a statue of him near the Shrine of Rememberence in Melbourne which was daubed with paint but someone who obvioulsy has no respect or thinks by erecting a statue to a hero we are somehow glorifying war. Edward Weary Dunlop I take my hat off to you, you were indeed a very brave man.

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