As a Marine, all I can say is: "Well said!" I have served with several allied troups when I was on active duty. We all like to poke fun at each other, but when the shyt hits the fan we all have each other's backs. I am very proud to call all of our allies brothers in arms.Australians are greatful for the US entering the Pacific war in '41. Without them the war would have potentially been catastrophic for Australia.
Most of the Australian combat resources had been sent to Europe and had been fighting there for 2 years prior to Japan starting major operations in the Pacific leaving Australia starkly exposed. Without the US we would have been in huge trouble.
Be careful how you word things though. It wasn't *just* the US that saved Australia from Japan.
Australian troops either brought back from Europe or raw recruits taken pretty much off the street and dumped into the hell of Kokoda defended Australia. We suffered huge casualties defending our nation, we weren't just sitting around asking to be saved. Without the US it would have been grim but it wasn't just the US fighting Japan.
I have no problem with US marines being stationed here. I don't really see it as being for our defence though, rather we are allies and by being stationed here the US is able to both more quickly deploy into the Pacific and Asia and work better with Australian units etc.
We were then and are still allies.