W3 Company Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment

W3 Company RNZIR New Zealand Army was on active service in South Vietnam
14 November 1969 to 10 November 1970
I mahi te W3 ope tauā RNZIR o Ngāti Tūmatauenga ki Whitināma ki te Tonga mai i te rā
14 o Whiringa-ā-Rangi i te tau 1969 tae atu ki te 10 o Whiringa-ā-Rangi i te tau 1970

This veterans website records 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 Free World forces. 

Nāia te kōrero o tetahi ope tauā maupū i tukuna ki Whitināma ki te Tonga i te Whiringa-ā-Rangi o te tau 1969, he wāhanga o Ngāti Tūmatauenga; whawhai ai i te taha o Ahitereiria me ngā ope tauā e noho haumi ana.

   Three of the Company were killed in action or died of wounds and 16 were wounded in action. 

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.

August 1970 History During August 2RAR/NZ continued Op CUNG CHUNG II in AO DROVER NE with Bn HQ based at FSPB GAIL near the coast.  2 August W Coy rejoined 2RAR/NZ in the field on recce and ambush ops until 10 August, had a break at VUNG TAU from 11 - 13 August and then remained in NUI DAT as the 1ATF Ready Reaction Force until 22 August.  Deploying under full control of 2RAR/NZ [having been deployed on mostly independent sub-unit missions since 2RARís arrival in May 1970] the more experienced and practised W Coy now had to manage the stifling leadership manner imposed by CO 2RAR, especially his CONTROL of platoons in contact, and the minutiae of unit administration
read about W3 Coy operational activities in August 1970

last updated 29 July 2017
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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 
Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment speaking in 2006

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held at Timaru New Zealand 13 - 15 November 2015

next reunion Dunedin November 2018

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this website is dedicated to all the New Zealand infantry & those from other Corps who served in the Vietnam conflict - "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers" - Shakepeare

The role of the infantry is
to seek out and
close with the enemy,
to kill or capture him,
to seize and to hold ground
and to repel attack,
by night and day, regardless of
season, weather or terrain.


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