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.
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service language. Scroll down for news of the next Company reunion.
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W3 History November 1969. 21 November W Coy spent 24-hours with a troop of APC on a training operation. 23 November OC W Coy received verbal orders from CO 6RAR, Maj Torrance being directed to move on 24 November to FSPB DISCOVERY and from there air assault to begin a search of padi south of XUYEN MOC. It was soon obvious that while expected to pull their weight W3 Coy was being offered a shakedown period under operational conditions. While some soldiers grizzled about being sent on a 'sideshow' the opportunity to practise flat country navigation, to carry the operational weights and to adjust to the climate in a 'quiet' area was a good leadership decision.
last updated 13 November 2019
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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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48th Anniversary was held in Mosgiel New Zealand 16 - 18 November 2018
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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