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
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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.
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History: In July 1970 2RAR/NZ was undergoing refresher training. The more experienced W Coy joined 8RAR to support their operations North of NUI DAT along ROUTE2. W Coy were based at FSPB LE LOI almost continuously throughout July, initially when working with 8RAR and then returning to garrison LE LOI when 8RAR abandoned the FSPB mid-month. HQ 1ATF had passed W Coy to under OpCon of 8RAR from 30 June 1970 for operations until 10 Jul 70 as part of Op PETRIE - W3 Coy's part was code named Op QUARTERMILE. W Coy remained c/s5 but on the 8RAR command net, tasked to establish half-platoon ambushes in the vicinity of the BINH BA tri-village complex and around AP SUOI NGHE.
last updated 8 July 2018
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