Cosgrove made the commendation during the Dawn Service ceremony at the Bomana War Cemetery.
While commemorating the sacrifice of Australian and New Zealand soldiers during numerous battles in pre-PNG soil, he also honoured the contribution of the frizzy haired helpers.
“I doubt there would be a digger who does not have a memory or a story of their deeds. All done with a smile and a reassuring calm,” Cosgrove said.
The vice regal also made special mention of Havala Laula, 90, from Kokoda, in Oro, a surviving ‘Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel’ who was present at the ceremony,
Laula would later accompany Cosgrove during the wreath laying ceremony.
Sir Peter also honored Late Faole Bokoi, one of the remaining ‘Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels’ who died last year.