W3 Company Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment
W3 Company RNZIR New Zealand Army was on
in South Vietnam
This veterans website
the history of the New Zealand infantry company that deployed to South Vietnam in November 1969
as part of the
New Zealand contingent
that fought alongside Australian and other
Welcome..! Haere mai..!
Research the New Zealand army involvement in the
Vietnam war. Find service and personal
stories and photos of W3 Company, family stories,
email addresses of
W3 veterans and next of kin, and welfare advice.
Read a glossary of
service language. Scroll down for news of the next Company reunion.
The W3 CQMS Store is here.
W3 History March 1970. During March 1970 W3 Coy continued operations from Horseshoe Hill, while also working with the ARVN sub-units who arrived for operational experience. The ARVN training period finished with a combined operation [Op RAVEN] from 25 to 30 March 1970. 3Pl was detached back to 6RAR/NZ control on 1 until 5 March 1970. Pte David Wright succumbed to secondary infections [likely renal failure] from his earlier wounds in January and died in Concord Repatriation Hospital Sydney on 19 March 1970. Dave had been well enough by early March 1970 to be writing from Concord to friends in W3 and his death was sudden and unexpected, so sudden that a last letter was received in SVN after news of his death.
last updated 18 February 2020
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into a special place in our history books,
many of them for deeds of exceptional
bravery and sacrifice, but most of them for
simply giving their all in duty, in courage, and in dogged determination to fight for peace and freedom from tyranny."
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
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48th Anniversary was held in Mosgiel New Zealand 16 - 18 November 2018
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this website is dedicated to New Zealand servicemen posted on active service in the Vietnam conflict - "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers" - Shakespeare