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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service language. Scroll down for news of the next Company reunion.
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November 1969 History The W3 advance party landed in Saigon late afternoon 29 October 1969, two weeks in advance of the main body. Maj Torrance had his first company O Gp in-country on 14 November, and CO 6RAR/NZ (ANZAC) Lt Col Butler RAR addressed the Company on 15 November. 6RAR as a unit were absent from the base on operations. OC W Coy received verbal orders from CO 6RAR on 23 November, followed by a helicopter visual recon. Maj Torrance was directed that W Coy was to move to FSPB DISCOVERY by road and from there air assault a LZ . The Company was then to search the area of padi fields south of XUYEN MOC.
last updated 10 November 2017
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