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.
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W3 History September 1970. W Coy was assigned as the LCT protection company on 31 August. Initially deployed in a rough line running west-east north of the mountain mass, 3Pl were closest to SHW15 and the villages needing protection, 2Pl were in the middle and 1Pl to the east near the SUOI CHAU PHA river, but one platoon always rotated to protect NDP JILL and the LCT. 3Pl led by Sgt Joe Yandall [picture right] were particularly successful with four contacts during the period 10 to 20 September which resulted in five (*) VC KIA without any 3Pl casualties, these actions were mentioned in the citation for MID awarded to Sgt Yandall in November 1970.
last updated 21 July 2019
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48th Anniversary was held in Mosgiel New Zealand 16 - 18 November 2018
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