US WWII vets in Australia for Anzac Day Six American ex-servicemen have travelled half way across the world to take part in this year's Anzac celebrations. The World War II veterans admit they don't know much about the Anzac legend - but are looking forward to commemorating Australia's special day. Ex-air force pilot Clayton Nattier, 85, said he's heard a lot about the Anzac legend in the lead-up to the five-day visit to Melbourne. "I'm particularly looking forward to observing how Australia observes the day, because this is all new for us," he told AAP. "Before this time, I had heard about it but not in any detail. It's amazing how uninformed we really are." Mr Nattier was 21 and on his 16th mission in Europe when he was shot down over Germany at 29,500 feet in September 1944. He had severe burns and was sent to a prisoner of war camp near the Baltic Sea, where he spent nine months. Ex-infanteer Wilbur "Bill" Brunger, who turns 85 on Anzac Day, said the visit had been much anticipated. "It's been much more than we ever thought it would be. The great feeling the Australian people seem to have for us is amazing," Mr Brunger said. Despite their lack of knowledge about Anzac Day, the men are still looking forward to being part of the parade. "We've been so much in anticipation of this, just anxious to see, just excited," Mr Brunger said. He said people had stopped them in the streets, shaking their hands and thanking them for their efforts. Mr Brunger fought in Belgium during its coldest winter ever, in 1944, and said he now lived every day thankful he's alive. The veterans are in Melbourne to commemorate 160 years of the Royal Melbourne Hospital and its role with the US Army in Word War II. The new hospital building was occupied by the US 4th General Hospital for two years between 1942 and 1944. American medical and nursing staff treated 35,000 US soldiers wounded in the Pacific over that period. The visit is sponsored by US-based The Greatest Generations Foundation (TGGF) which helps ex-servicemen visit Europe and the Pacific. And it wouldn't be right visiting Melbourne without taking in that iconic Victorian experience - watching the footy. On Friday, the contingent will watch the traditional Anzac Day match between Collingwood and Essendon at the MCG. Mr Brunger said he's even prepared himself for that experience by watching a footy match on the internet at home.