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Greeting to Veterans - webmaster [20 December 2014]
Tom Coopers brother Martin says it for us all: Kia Koutou katoa; Nga mihi o te waa kia koutou, me nga ahuatanga o te Kirihimete, me te tau hou e tu mai, no reira kia pai ta koutou raa whakataa, Maa te Atua koutou hei Manaaki e nga waa katoa. All the very best for the festive season, have plenty of rest, take care and God bless. kia ora mai, Arohanui - Martin
FSPB PICTON 24 December
for 1Pl and the mortar sect
the first sign of Christmas celebrations occurred during
the hours of darkness after stand-down on Christmas Eve when the
song ‘Silent Night’ suddenly drifted across the base from the
pitch black skies above. A Pilatus Porter psy-ops aircraft from
161 Recce Flight at Nui Dat fitted with loudspeakers to
broadcast political messages to the VC had
for the evening been given a new role playing Christmas carols
to its own side deployed in the bush. Invisible and able to
drift slowly across the sky, the plane moved back and forth for
over an hour entertaining
the troops and reminding them of what would be happening among
loved ones and family back home.
click for background story.
the remainder of W3 Coy was concentrated on the North side of
the Nui May Tao mountains:
The entire company finally celebrated Christmas and New Year in Nui Dat lines on 1 January 1970.
Call to Yarn - Zilla Torrance with Fran Binning [7 December
Support Act in Force 7 December 2014 -
Margaret Snow VANZ [6 December
Who won the Vietnam war
[video] - Ian Caldwell [25 November 2014]
Did the United States win or lose the Vietnam War? It is argued that it was a resounding loss for America, one that proves that intervening in the affairs of other nations is usually misguided. The truth is that the US military won the war, but that US politicians lost it. The Communists in North Vietnam actually signed a peace treaty, effectively surrendering. But the U.S. Congress didn't hold up its end of the bargain. In just five minutes, learn the truth about what really lost the Vietnam War.
14 November 2014 - 45th
Anniversary of W3 Main Body arrival in Nui Dat
The W3 advance party landed in Saigon late afternoon 29 October 1969 [a Wednesday] on a 41 Sqn RNZAF B-170 Bristol Freighter before flying to Nui Dat on a USAF C130. A so-called 'pre-main' party of 15 personnel also travelled to SVN, probably by B-170 Bristol Freighter, on or about 12 November 1969 [a Wednesday]. On 14 November 1969 the main body flew by 40 Sqn RNZAF C-130 Hercules to Vung Tau where they were loaded on trucks for the 40Km journey to Nui Dat. At this link are the two flight nominal rolls for the movement of the W3 main body from Changi to Vung Tau. The initial flight started on time at 0700 hours local but the aircraft experienced bird strike while still on the runway and a 3-hour delay was experienced while RNZAF engineers checked the aircraft. The flight finally left Changi at 1000 hours. This delayed the turnaround for the second flight which should have left at 1300 hours but which arrived at Vung Tau much later in the afternoon.
by coincidence NASA launched Apollo 12, the second manned mission to the surface of the Moon on 14 November 1969 - Astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean reached the Moons surface on 19 November 1969.
Australian Vietnam Veterans
Family Study Report - webmaster [30 October 2014]
The Vietnam Veterans Family Study, a ground-breaking Australian intergenerational health study, was established around 2006 in order to gain a better understanding of the effects of Vietnam War service on the physical, mental and social health of the family members of Australian Vietnam veterans. The research will help to guide future policy and initiatives aimed at supporting current and former military personnel and their families. There are four volumes, email me if you would like copies - they are PDF documents.
Bob Upton Contribution -
webmaster [25 October 2014]
I FEEL SAFE AT HOME ... AT LAST! I've torn out my alarm system & de-registered from the Neighbourhood Watch. NOW, I've got two Pakistani flags raised in my front garden, one at each corner, and the black flag of ISIS in the centre. The local police, SIS and other intelligence services are all watching my house 24/7. I've never felt safer.
Market Research request -
webmaster [16 October 2014] updated /2
It is the first I've seen with the complete medal bar. Cost under $30.00 including postage within New Zealand.
email me and I will pass on your thoughts or interest, something for the 2015 reunion perhaps..?
for Research Assistance - webmaster [16 October 2014]
Maj Dan Wildy 1 (NZ) Military Intelligence Coy is a part-time doctoral student at Massey University. Dan's thesis topic is 'printed New Zealand Army recruit advertising, 1899-1999' - known as ephemera [something transitory] printed Army recruiting literature such as posters, pamphlets and leaflets provide a unique entry point into exploring and understanding our social history. The themes used in such items; how they have reflected changes in New Zealand society; and how they reflect the army’s self-perceived role in New Zealand society are all fascinating subjects largely untouched in existing literature. As a doctoral candidate at Massey University, these are the key areas Dan hopes to explore and in so doing provide new insights into our country’s past.
Dan notes though that Ephemera provides only the entry point. Personal accounts and recollections are what will give this study real value and bring it to life as a piece of social history. If you were at some time in your past on the receiving end of New Zealand Army recruitment efforts, or possibly part of a recruiting team, your recollections would be greatly appreciated by Dan. Gaining access to any anecdotes you might have, or copies of photographs and ephemera items you possess would add considerably to the thoroughness and value of his thesis.
If you would like to discuss this topic further or have something to contribute, please contact Dan by email email@example.com, or via post at - Major D Wildy, C/- Linton Camp Officer’s Mess, Linton Military Camp, Private Bag, Palmerston North. I can also forward you his request which has other poster examples.
Tom Cooper 3Pl - died of wounds 11 October
On 10 October 1970 3 Platoon suffered a 'blue on blue' accident when one element fired on another element by mistake. Friendly fire killed Pte Tom Cooper, crippled Pte Ian Herd and wounded LCpl William Samson and Pte Ross Dunlea. The accident cast a pall over the otherwise successful W3 tour and left the company personnel traumatised, saddened and frustrated.
Tom was struck a glancing blow to the head by a bullet. He was winched with the three other wounded from the accident site by US Army 'dustoff' helicopter about 40 minutes after being wounded and flown to the Australian Field Hospital at Vung Tau. Unconscious, Tom’s condition was assessed as critical and needing immediate specialist treatment and he remained on the helicopter which then flew him to the US Hospital at Long Binh. Tom died of his wound sometime on 11 October 1970.
When returned to New Zealand Tom's body lay in state for three days on the Te Awamarahi Marae [Tuakau, Port Waikato] before, on the Maori Queen’s orders, being buried in the Royal Graveyard on the sacred Taupiri Mountain above SHW1 in the Waikato. Tom’s sister Liz recollects that Tom was buried with full military honours including gun carriage and graveside volleys.
Code of Veterans and other
Claimant's Rights - webmaster [4 October 2014]
NZDF have advertised a discussion paper on the rights of veterans under the new Veterans Support Act 2014. The Act requires the Chief of Defence Force, as soon as practicable after that section will come into force on 7 December 2014, to prepare a draft Code for approval by the Minister of Veterans’ Affairs. In preparing the draft Code, the Chief of Defence Force must consult such persons and bodies as the Minister considers necessary, including the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association and other groups representing veterans and claimants. This is to “ensure that a wide range of views is available to the Chief of Defence Force to assist him or her in preparing a draft Code”. This document sets out the proposed content of the Code. While all feedback is welcomed, your views on the following questions is particularly sought:
a. Is it desirable to base the Code on the ACC Code, with variations?
b. What additional content should be included to recognise the particular characteristics of the veterans’ support scheme, the special status of veterans in New Zealand society, and the need to make the Code concise and understandable to veterans, their spouses and partners, their children, and their dependants?
c. What should be the key features of the complaints and review procedure?
If you would like to submit feedback on the proposed Code, you need to provide your comments in writing referencing the particular matters you have commented on. Note that the consultation process will close at 5pm on 19 October 2014. See this link for details of where to send any submissions - scroll down to paragraphs 10 and 11.
Jim Cutler: In relation to the subject, I know that there is a general fear among some veterans that there is a deliberate move (undercurrent, if you like) by government to place all matters relating to Veterans' health issues into the ACC domain; and that in years to come VANZ would cease to exist. This raised its head about 12 months ago. I am not convinced about this fear. However, with the "Code of Vets ......" proposed to be based on that of the ACC, with adjustments to cater for the special place of Veterans, there will be another outcry I am sure. However, having read the draft proposal, I think it makes sound sense to base it on the ACC; just don't let the term "ACC" appear anywhere in the Vets code, and make special changes to recognise "Veterans". The onus of proof must still remain on the Crown! How do my thoughts gel with others on this subject??
NOTICAS FATAL 43730 Pte Peter
Bryce [Titty] Harris 2Pl
- webmaster [23 September 2014]
'Titty' died in Western Australia on 20 September 2014 while riding his motorbike and failing to take a bend. The funeral will be held 27 September in Merredin east of Perth WA. Our sympathies are with Peter's partner Kathy Clarke and children Deon, Pania and Sonja. A link to more details of the accident is here. Pania's Facebook page has a recent photo of her dad and the following information:
"Dad's Tribute is on Saturday 27th September 2014 at Merredin. The Tribute is at 3pm starting at the Veterans Reflection Pond in Roy Little Park, King Street, Merredin. There will be an opportunity to speak or if you are unable to make it your message will be read - if you would like to, please let me know. Following the Tribute there will be the celebration of him at Dad and Kathy's place in Merredin. There's plenty of room for those that wish to stay, alternatively there are a few accommodation place's in Merredin. There will be food and booze and plenty of stories to be shared." Send tributes here.
Tony Panirau 1Pl: We
are saddened to hear of Titty's passing in such tragic
circumstances. Please accept our deepest sympathy.
Rest in peace mate Tony & Phyllis.
of Veterans Health Advisory Panel - Veterans’ Affairs
Minister Michael Woodhouse [14 September 2014]
the Minister of Veterans’ Affairs has announced the establishment of the Veteran’s Health Advisory Panel provided for in the Veterans’ Support Act 2014. The panel will provide independent advice on issues relating to the nature and extent of service-related impairments and the impacts of service on veterans’ health. It will also provide advice and comment to the Minister of Veterans’ Affairs on the preparation of regulations relating to veterans’ health and will be responsible for making decisions on the allocation of funds from the Veterans’ Medical Research Trust Fund for grants and awards. In making the announcement the Minister commented that the Panel membership brings together a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience in the health profession, and a common interest in ensuring veterans receive the health care and support they need.
Dr Marie Bismark will Chair the panel and is qualified as a public health physician and health lawyer. She has strong board and governance experience including Chairing the Board of Dispute Resolution Services, as well as being a former Director of the Accident Compensation Corporation.
Dr Brian Cox is a public health specialist. He is the current Director of the Hugh Adam Cancer Epidemiology Unit and a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago.
Dr Alastair Macleod is a Consultant Psychiatrist to Christchurch and Burwood Hospitals and has held the position of Medical Director of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service, Burwood Hospital from 1999 to 2014.
Dr Ian Civil is an internationally recognised trauma surgeon who is currently the clinical lead of the Major Trauma National Clinical Network. Ian led the NZ Army Medical Team to the 1st Gulf War.
Dr Peter Thorne is currently the Deputy Director of Science and Strategic Development of the Centre for Brain Research at the University of Auckland.
Dr David McBride is an occupational physician with wide experience in his field and is a Professor of the University of Otago.
Mary Daly is a Nurse Practitioner in the Older Persons and Rehabilitation Service for Hutt Valley DHB.
Dr Anne Campbell is a Specialist Medical Practitioner in military medicine and achieved the position of Director General Defence Health Services in the New Zealand Defence Force.
Squadron Leader Andy Campbell, RNZAF is a specialist in occupational medicine and aviation medicine. He has extensive medical military experience having served in the British Army and Royal Navy.
'A Duty Done' a history of RAR
in the Vietnam War - Maurice Dodson [7 September 2014]
RAR Association have made available to NZ veterans soft cover copies of the above book. The author was the Intelligence Officer of 6RAR/NZ (ANZAC) and the history is published by the Royal Australian Regiment Association SA Inc. to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Regiment on 31 March 1949. It is a major précis of the RAR battles in Vietnam and concentrates on Australian involvement although New Zealand company's get mentioned. There will be a charge of $25.00 per book which can be ordered by contacting Maurice Dodson V3; all proceeds will be donated to the NZVVA [Neville Wallace Memorial] Children's and Grandchildren's Trust. Orders to firstname.lastname@example.org
Maurice Dodson [5 December 2014]
NZ Vietnam Veterans Association
Inc - Carol Taylor secretary [7 September 2014]
The Ex-Vietnam Servicemen's Assoc [EVSA] has changed its name. At the recent EVSA General Meeting a remit was passed to change the name to the New Zealand Vietnam Veterans Association. The new name gives the Association clout and identity in today’s modern climate. The change of name for the Association has been approved by the Registrar of Incorporated Societies and is official.
NZVVA are now developing new logos, a new email address and a redesign of the EVSA website so that it is easier to find out information for the members. The website will continue to operate under the old name until the redesign has been completed after which users will automatically be transferred to the new site for a period of time to ensure that everyone will still have access. Details of the new website address will be in the next issue of Contact. The new email address is email@example.com - the old one will continue to ensure that no emails are lost.
A full report on the Reunion is in the Association magazine 'Contact'. An item of interest is that due to ill-health Lt Gen Don McIver stood down as patron to be succeeded by Brig Mike Dudman. John Deazley continues as president.
Transition from WPA 1954 -
Robin Klitscher [19 August 2014]
[from the Vets Net] Reference the recent exchanges on the transition from the War Pensions Act 1954 to the new Veterans Support Act, the RNZRSA asked VANZ to clarify some of the issues. VANZ's reply is attached.
It won't answer everybody's questions of course. But the reality is that the transition from a 146-page, 60-year-old Act written for another era to a 236-page Act written for the modern era is not a simple matter. It will take a little time, and patience, on all sides. Meantime, what the letter does do is confirm that all existing entitlements will continue. And, given that the discussion started with questions around the travel concession, there's a direct assurance in that regard.
2015 Timaru - webmaster [10 August 2014]
The 2015 reunion committee of Peter Anderson and Dick Bennett caught up with the previous reunion organisers Bruce Young, Neil Ure and Ian Caldwell in Lincoln 10 August 2014.
The 2015 reunion will be held the weekend 13 - 15 November 2015 in Timaru, based on the Timaru RSA. The weekend programme is a familiar one - in outline:
- meet and greet including buffet.
The organisers will be issuing Newsletter 1 in early-2015 with details of accommodation and registration.
L2R: Neil Ure, Dick Bennett,
update or confirm your email address for notices about the reunion.
Chris Stock Series on
VietnamWar site - webmaster [7 August 2014]
"The VietnamWar web team has been working with Whiskey 3 Company veteran Chris Stock to produce a video series based on his extensive photo collection. In these short, narrated clips, Chris recalls Nui Dat, Operation Townsville, Fire Support Base Le Loi and a spell in the 1st Australian Field Hospital. " Many of the photos in the four montages are already on the W3 website - overall a good effort by Chris.
No Front Line: Inside
stories of NZ's Vietnam War
Removal of recollections -
webmaster [6 August 2014]
Duke Henry has requested the withdrawal of his contribution to the website with the comment "The chapters were written on the spur of the moment some ten or more years ago without much though or accuracy intended"... The chapters were copies of work from Duke Henry's book 'Soldiering On' printed in 2002 and were published with his authorisation.
There will be a number of links to these missing pages elsewhere on the website which I will work on to locate and repair.
Veterans Support Bill now law
- Ross Miller V3 [31 July 2014]
With the unanimous passing of the Veterans Support Bill in Parliament 29 July 2014 all veterans with qualifying operational service will be entitled to receive the veterans pension [VP] on turning age 65 (or can transfer across from NZ Superannuation if they are already receiving that pension). The VP confers an entitlement to the Community Services Card (CSC) as of right i.e. the income test applied to everyone else is automatically waived. Your Veterans Pension Gold Card will have on the reverse side the abbreviation VP/CSC. You present that when accessing the particular service required. The CSC can reduce the cost of:
This is intended as a guide only. Work and Income (a division of the Ministry of Social Development) administers the CSC on behalf of the Ministry of Health. They have an 0800 number for any questions you might have ... 0800 999 999.
PUBLINTICAS Dave Nesbitt 1Pl - webmaster [19 July 2014]
Dave Nesbitt's nephew Craig Linton has established contact with new information about Dave's death and burial, these along with a photo of the headstone details have been added to the Nesbitt entry of the nominal roll. Dave died in Australia after being struck by a truck and his body was cremated. Craig ex-3RAR will also be offering a selection from Dave's photo collection and intends to be at next years Timaru reunion.
Travel mileage rate for
veterans to increase - Veterans’ Affairs Minister Michael
Woodhouse [2 July 2014]
The travel concession mileage rate paid to eligible veterans will increase by 20 per cent from today, Veterans’ Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse says. “It is important that the mileage rate is reviewed from time to time to ensure that it remains relevant to changes in the cost of travel in private motor vehicles,” Mr Woodhouse says. “I have recently considered the rate at which the travel concession mileage rate is currently paid and have determined that the rate should be increased.’’ Veterans with 100% War Disablement Pensions are eligible for a travel concession, which entitles them to the reimbursement of the costs associated with qualifying travel within New Zealand for personal or private purposes. Qualifying travel consists of a one-way journey of 80 kilometres (km) or more or a return journey of 160 Kms or more. The new mileage rate consideration is based on the average of the four flexible running cost per km rates published by the New Zealand Automotive Association for small, compact, medium and large categories of motor vehicle in 2013. From today the mileage rate will increase to 27.1 cents per km, a 20 per cent increase over the previous rate. The previous travel concession mileage rate of 22.5 cents per km was set in May 2010.
Website Statistics still
trending up - webmaster [1 July 2014]
For no apparent reason that I can discern the website visitor statistics are still trending up in the first 6-months of 2014: