Be inspired by the courage of this hard-working Southland farmer who led the First Commando Fiji Guerrillas in World War II. My parents were an exceptional couple. Their characters and influence in the local community, the farming world and in a much wider sphere were significant. My father's contribution to the war effort in the Solomon Islands, and the well-deserved Silver Star awarded to him by the Americans, is a unique story that you will not find in many of the war histories. My mother also made a huge impact in her community and was awarded a QSM for her work. DICK TRIPP The last chapter takes you into the heart of battles with the Japanese in the Solomon Islands in World War II. Charlie led his commandos; New Zealanders, Fijians and Tongans scouting in enemy territory to inform the Americans of their movements. Charlie Tripp has been described as an extraordinary hero. Charlie Tripp, aka The Boss, bought Nithdale Station near Gore in 1924 and did the hard yards developing it into the stunning property it is today covering 1478ha (3652ac). It has been further developed by his grandson, Andrew. Nithdale Genetics is among the best in New Zealand. This is the true story of a man with high moral standards, legendary fitness, personal discipline, visual memory, excellent powers of observation and leadership qualities.