Honouring Wartime Help: 2/2nd Association 1945-1975
In the immediate post-war period, members of the 2/2nd re-adjusted to civilian life, establishing careers and raising families. To remain in contact with each other they formed the 2/2nd Commando Association of Australia in 1946.
Their desire to repay the East Timorese for their wartime assistance and suffering grew steadily with time.
Despite Portuguese restrictions, individual members such as Keith Hayes contacted East Timorese wartime helpers such as Berta Sandanah Martines. When restrictions were relaxed in 1966, some went to Timor to search for their criados, providing assistance where needed.
Sadly many criados had died or disappeared.