W3 Company Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment

W3 Company RNZIR New Zealand Army was on active service in South Vietnam
14 November 1969 to 10 November 1970
I mahi te W3 ope tauā RNZIR o Ngāti Tūmatauenga ki Whitināma ki te Tonga mai i te rā
14 o Whiringa-ā-Rangi i te tau 1969 tae atu ki te 10 o Whiringa-ā-Rangi i te tau 1970

This veterans website records 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 Free World forces. 

Nāia te kōrero o tetahi ope tauā maupū i tukuna ki Whitināma ki te Tonga i te Whiringa-ā-Rangi o te tau 1969, he wāhanga o Ngāti Tūmatauenga; whawhai ai i te taha o Ahitereiria me ngā ope tauā e noho haumi ana.

   Three of the Company were killed in action or died of wounds and 16 were wounded in action. 

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 May 1970.  May was a time of change and challenge.  2RAR became the ANZAC battalion with their advance party arriving on 28 April and main body in stages by 28 May.  V5 Coy replaced V4 on 8 May.  Some W Coy people departed at the end of their 2-year SE Asia TOD.  Reinforcements from V4 Coy moved to W Coy platoon's. 

On 3 May W Coy deployed to LONG SON Island, their mission being to destroy enemy locations while protecting the engineer detachment building water sources for the village of Xa LONG SON on the islands east coast. 

During May W Coy made the new ANZAC battalion's first contact, inflicted their first VC KIA, and lost their first unit soldier to enemy action. 

read W3 Coy activities during May 1970


last updated 14 April 2019
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"New Zealanders have written themselves
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 
Colonel-in-Chief
Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment speaking in 2006

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W3 Company RNZIR 50th Anniversary Reunion

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48th Anniversary was held in Mosgiel New Zealand 16 - 18 November 2018

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website started
April 2005
 

this website is dedicated to all the New Zealand infantry & those from other Corps who served in the Vietnam conflict - "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers" - Shakepeare


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
and to repel attack by night and day,

regardless of
season, weather or terrain.

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