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 January 1970. January found W3 Coy a much changed sub-unit; the nervousness of the earlier operations was gone, the soldiers felt more settled in their abilities and procedures and some personnel had been moved to new roles or had a redistribution of equipment to better adjust to the realities of the theatre and the operational tempo. By the end of the month the soldiers had lifted their game to a higher and more professional level but suffered their first casualties.
W3 mortar section accompanied B Coy on OP MATILDA with A Sqn 1 Armd Regt [Centurion main battle tanks] for the largest armoured operation conducted by Australian forces since World War II.
last updated 20 January 2020
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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
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48th Anniversary was held in Mosgiel New Zealand 16 - 18 November 2018
W3 RNZIR Reunions Facebook page (closed group)
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