Herbert enlisted on 9 Jan 1942 and was posted to 37/52nd Infantry Battalion on 11 May 1942. He was transferred to 1st Australian Commando Training Squadron on 25 Feb 1943 and joined the unit at Canungra, Qld on 15 May 1943. He embarked with the unit for New Guinea as a Trooper aboard S.S. “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943 and returned to Australia with them aboard “TAROONA” on 3 Sept 1944.
After leave and reorganization, he embarked for New Britain aboard “TAROONA” on 9 Apr 1945 with the unit as a Trooper. He was appointed paid Lance Corporal on 30 Aug 1945 and transferred to 29/46th Infantry Battalion on 27 Dec 1945, he returned to Australia on 14 Feb 1946 and was discharged on 13 Jun 1946.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below. He is now also entitled to the Australian Service Medal 1945-75 with a clasp "S.W.Pacific".
Edited by Peter Epps