TO the citizens of Surigao:
Once again I attended the great Festival which commemorates the Battle of Surigao Strait.
Once again I received your hospitality, and much love and kindness. For that I will be ever grateful.
Congratulations on the completion of the magnificent Museum which becomes a part of world history.
You have bestowed on me a great honor in quoting me in your Museum, an honor I do not deserve.
This inscription then bares the name His Majesty’s Australian Ship Shropshire.
So all honor be given to all of Shropshire’s crew who fought to liberate the Philippines.
With humble pride, I accept a place in the history of Surigao, and will never let you down.
May God Bless Surigao and all its people. —David Mattiske, 94-year-old Australian WWII veteran and survivor of the Battle of Surigao