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..!
Use the website to
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.
May 1970 History. On 4 May W Coy deployed to LONG SON Island, their mission to destroy enemy locations on the island while protecting the engineers building water sources for the village of Xa LONG SON. LONG SON Island is near one of the entrances to the MEKONG Delta and SAIGON docks. The Company was directly supported by the W3 mor sect and an engineer splinter team.
During May W Coy, now the
senior sub-unit in 2RAR/NZ (ANZAC), would make the battalions
first contact, inflict their first VC KIA, and lose their first soldier to enemy action.
last updated 22 May 2017
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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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next reunion Dunedin November 2018
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this website is dedicated to all New Zealand servicemen posted on active service in the Vietnam conflict - "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers" - Shakespeare