W3 Company - History and Illustrations  Tāhuhu kōrero


"Kia whakatomuri te haere ki mua"
"look to the past in order to stride into the future"

W3 remembrance  Whakamaharatanga

index of Company photos  Whakaahua

index of Service stories  Kōrero (nō te) pakanga

Family / Whanau stories  Kōrero whānau  

W3 Company written record  Mauhanga

W3 Company honours  Kahurangi

New Zealanders killed in Vietnam

political background on New Zealand involvement
in Vietnam War
and map of region

Australian paper on New Zealand involvement
in Vietnam war

political background on Australian involvement
in Vietnam War

living a common bond
for something greater than ourselves,
walking willingly together into harm's way

the writer Samuel Johnson once said "every man
 thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier"

1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment [1RNZIR] now based in Wellington Lines Linton Military Camp New Zealand

email your stories, poems, pictures or other
contributions here or post them here

What is the history of W3 Company..?  It is surely more than a list of dates and activities while in Vietnam.  Its pretty stale if its only a collective record of our movements, successes and injuries.  Do you think our great grandchildren will be interested in that..?

The history of W3 started sometime before we deployed, and finishes sometime in the future when issues like Agent Orange and pension payments are resolved, and when our whanau know as much about it as we do...

I'm talking to you, soldier...  It is our challenge to offer a historical record to future generations.  We can do it here on this website, our recollections of Vietnam, basic training, 1RNZIR, or personal problems and successes since 1970. 

 6RAR/NZ (ANZAC) Battalion sign - Bn HQ location Nui Dat

Royal Australian Regiment cap badge alongside the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment cap badge on the sign outside Battalion HQ in Nui Dat 1970

The role of the infantry is to seek out and close with the enemy, to kill or capture him, to seize and to hold ground,
to repel attack, by night and day, regardless of season, weather or terrain.


section tactics mean you don't die for your country but that the enemy dies for his
- School of Infantry Waiouru lecture room plaque 1966