W3 Company - News
|2006 National Reunion [29 Oct 05]
The EVSA 2006 National Reunion is being held in Palmerston North 2-5 June 2006. Registration and accommodation bookings have been opened through forms enclosed with the latest EVSA 'Contact' Magazine. If you are outside the EVSA loop and want to attend email the webmaster for details.
If you plan to attend send the webmaster an email and your name will be added to a list published on the website.
|Death of WM [William] Tahere W3 Coy..? [29
'Contact' advises the death of the above soldier [with no other details], however the person is unknown to the webmaster and EVSA have been requested to verify. Anyone else have an idea of to whom they refer..? [mystery solved, Tahere was V3]
|Roger Greenaway [29 Oct 05]
Apparently Roger Greenaway has moved to Wellington - anyone have an address..?
The same request is made for the few individuals on the nominal roll who have no location noted. Email the webmaster with details. [We have Rogers Wellington address]
Viet Nam Veterans
and Families -
Request for registration of Interest
Following the report of the Health Select Committee in 2004, the Government accepted that New Zealand service men and women were exposed to a toxic environment (including Agent Orange) during their service in Viet Nam. The Government established a Joint Working Group to make recommendations on a package of measures to address the health and well being needs of Viet Nam Veterans and their families. The Joint Working Group is chaired by Michael Wintringham, former State Services Commissioner, and is comprised of representatives from the Ex-Vietnam Services Association (EVSA) and the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association (RNZRSA), and officials from the Offices of the Minister of Defence and the Minister of Veterans Affairs.
The Joint Working Group wishes to consult with Viet Nam Veterans and their families to help it formulate its recommendations to the Government. Written submissions can be made to the Joint Working Group. There will also be opportunity to speak to the Joint Working Group during a series of consultation meetings later this year.
Those wishing to participate in the consultation process are invited to register their interest by contacting: www.vietnamvetswg.govt.nz [there are issues with this URL] or Free phone 0800 838-372 (Free phone hours: Mon – Fri 9.00am to 5.00pm). Registrations of Interest will be accepted until 28 October 2005. Those who register will be provided with more information on the submission and consultation process.
information on the Joint Working Group, including Terms of Reference can be found at www.vietnamvetswg.govt.nz. You can also contact the Joint Working Group
by writing to:
· Address: Joint Working Group on Concerns
of Viet Nam Veterans
PO Box 10-916
· Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
· Fax: 04 460-2218
The deadline for written submissions is Friday 9 December 2005. The consultation meetings are expected to begin in mid November 2005. Dates, times and locations of the meetings will be notified to those people who have registered their interest.
[signed] Michael Wintringham, Chair Joint Working Group
|CSM involved in Oral
History: [16 Oct 05]
CSM Doug Mackintosh, one of three W3 veterans to be approached to give an oral record of their perspective of service in SVN, has finished his interview. The website is seeking dispensation from the publishers for the website to publish an extract from the interview [see this item]. The CSM is in good health and living in marital bliss at Spencerville near Christchurch, and promises more stories of his own. The other W3 members to be interviewed are Deni King [Christchurch] and Craig Cocker [Melbourne].
Duke Henry reports from Iraq: [5 Sep 05]
A photo that you may want to put in the web page as I would enjoy seeing some shots of the old W3 boys doing whatever if possible.
Noticas Fatal 43689 Pte CM Drylie 3Pl - webmaster [24 August 2005]
Colin Drylie died in Wellington today, full military funeral at 11AM Friday 26 August 2005, Wainuiomata RSA. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sally at this time. Colin had a couple of bad turns in the last few days, Sally Bedford [his partner] advised that Colin was unable to speak or move. Sally's contact details are: 04 5642737, Wainuiomata
Update 2009: Colin is buried in the Waiouru Camp Cemetery. Colin had transferred to RNZEME for the latter years of his service and retired as a WO2.
War History: [21 August 2005]
Ian McGibbon, General Editor War History at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage is currently preparing the official history of New Zealand's combat and medical relief operations in Vietnam.
Ian is keen to hear from anyone who has information which may assist him in personalising the history, being particularly interested in diaries, letters or tapes composed at the time by veterans, or their post war recollections. He is not now seeking photographs. Contact Ian in the first instance here.
[Editor: I have already dobbed the Boss in...]
Query: [18 Aug 05]
Wayne Holah [official historian NZSAS] has offered the following detail about TWH Heremaia. He also poses some queries, can you help..?
"Te Hira Heremaia [nickname 'Hira'] was posted to Vietnam as a member of 4 Tp NZSAS in Nov 69. After a couple of patrols he was deemed to be unsuitable as a member of an NZSAS patrol. It was the dry season and he was very noisy when on patrol. (He could not sit still and he snored loudly). Patrol commanders refused to have him on patrols. This caused a hell of an argument amongst the troop and the troop commanders. There was no suggestion that he was not a good soldier. The solution was to transfer him to W3. [Sunray thinks the transfer would have been negotiated very quietly with Jim Brown, with possibly Dave Heywood being involved]. We estimate this was done in December 1969 or January 1970. Other members of 4 Tp remember that he did well in W3. We have no idea when he returned to NZ. We presume he would have returned directly to NZ at the end of the W3 TOD.
We are also looking for photographs of this man (and any other former NZSAS) so could you ask your members if they have any photos of Lcpl Heremaia. Also any details about when and where he died?"
[Editor: What platoon did Heremaia serve with..?] Information here
I was There: Andy Anderson believes Lcpl Heremaia came to W3 as a sig attached to Coy HQ, when we operated out of FSPB Zilla [late May-June 1970] at the tail end of the dry season. He remembered because when he flew in, Hira said he couldn’t believe we used tents and hammocks, he was used to curling up with his gear and sleeping in the bush with the SAS.
The NZVietVet Bravepages website shows Hira as having drowned in 1993.
Peter Harris email: [4 Aug 05]
I was told by Dick Bennett that I should publish emails from 'Titty' Harris as an inspiration to others to get to grips with the 21st century; so having objected to his first email where he called me a 'bald hedded git' his reply was:
"ewe wernt rude im stilkl tryn 2 work outthis emale thing any way how r ewe"
|Dave Wright Memorial Service: [3 August 2005]
A service held today at Christ's College Christchurch to commemorate Old Boy Dave Wright was attended by Bill Blair, Bob Upton, John Fisher, Denny King, Bruce Young and Dick Bennett [who travelled from Timaru with his wife for the occasion]. David's mother, brother and other family were also present. Bob Upton addressed the chapel service attended by all present pupils and staff [see address]. [and Sunray should note that Bill Blair finally made a W3 church service on time....]
|Sunray's Tales: [24 Jun 05]
Evan Torrance has contributed a comprehensive article of about 27 pages based on his personal journal. This is being edited before being published although some extracts are already on the website [here]. He has also been requested to add further detail where possible from the 1RNZIR days in B Coy, and to flesh out some other parts. Eventually the complete document will be offered as a downloaded .PDF document that others can use as a research source. If you would like a copy of the present document please request it from the webmaster [by clicking here].
|Medals on Auction: [24 Jun 05]
follow this link to a TradeMe auction for 2x SVN campaign medals once the property of Dave Flintoft W3. We are attempting to discover if these medals were legitimately obtained from Dave. This auction will time expire on Wednesday 29 June 2005. [the medals were subsequently proven to be fake and withdrawn from sale, the spelling of the name was incorrect and misplaced]
|Agent Orange: [19 Jun 05]
The Welfare page has a link to a US website with extensive coverage of the US defoliation programme in SVN, including Agent Orange and other herbicide usage. There are extensive articles on all aspects of Op "Ranch Hand" and studies done afterwards on veterans concerns. [see here for our experience]
comments: [16 Jun 05]
The web site is working a treat. The phone calls with the others of the section have been wonderful after all these years. So much that I had forgotten about has come forth. And, over the weekend an email from Jim Mitchell, our company medic was a fantastic surprise. Great to hear from Mitch after so many years.
reports: [12 Jun 05]
Hi guys I saw the website in Contact and thought I would add my bit. I started getting out all the old photos and slides recently and then we went on holiday to Europe, first time for that! We went to Gallipoli 6 days after ANZAC day and had a six hour tour of the whole place. A very moving experience and if ever there was a Killing field this was it, have heaps of photos of areas not usually seen. Will organise my W3 photos and email some when I master the computer. Thanks for this good site it's long overdue. If you have Dave Spence's wife's address I would like to call her, Dave and I were mates a long time, a long time ago [only have the rest home address, anyone else help Reid..? Ed] Cheers Reid
Noticas Fatal - webmaster [5 May 2005]
37933 Sgt MK Hemana 2Pl and 41609 Lcpl DW Spence 2PL
Dave Spence and Harry Hemana have both passed on after illnesses.
A report on Sgt Hemana's funeral is here.
Sgt Harry Hemana
|Have you heard...? [30 Apr 05]
Doug Lewis is father-in-law of Rico Gear. Rico who..? You know, the winger for the Crusaders, top team in the Super 12 this weekend. And Stu Cameron is the father of Pero Cameron the Tall Black. Anyone claiming to know Carlos Spencer..?
|"dustoff over" [24
Dave Turner is now out of hospital and recovering at home after an angioplasty operation.
|Company Citations [20 Apr 05]
citations have been added to the history page and can be downloaded in PDF format
|Your Help Please..! [15 Apr 05]
the nominal roll has been developed to the point possible using historical references easily available to the OC and MFC. Your help is needed to finish the detail. Use this link. Roger over..?
|Reunion News: [10 Apr 05]
W3 members combined with V4 Company in Palmerston North March 2005 for a reunion. More detail and photos here. Another reunion is planned for 3 years time.
|Oral History Project: [10
an oral history project entitled "Voices from Vietnam" is underway headed by Baden Ewart [ex-NZ Component 1970 -71] which should see a wide range of stories recorded - three W3 people are on the list of proposed stories, more details as the project proceeds.
reports from Iraq: [10 Apr 05]
"will remain here until early June before heading back for the NZSAS 50th reunion in Papakura. Its on the weekend 10 11 12 June so any of the guys in the South Auckland area want to catch up send an email asap. Take care Duke"
Binning offers and challenges: [10 Apr 05]
I'm going to sit down and put together a 'history' of the Mortar Section. But it may take some time. I feel its important that we do this - the Mortars didn't spend a lot of time with W3 when in country and we worked with a lot of other units (3 Cav for example) and it would be remiss of me to fail to document the environment and how the section operated in that year. I am going to contact the others and try and get some feedback from them, and try and do a comprehensive history. I will keep you abreast of how it progresses and, perhaps, try and feed the history bit by bit so you can add to website.
I think it would be great for the platoon commanders, and their section commanders to compile a history of each unit (not to mention Evan and the HQ component, as well as Assault Pioneers etc) and try and make this quite a comprehensive history.
W3 combined reunion - Palmerston North March
2005: Jim Cutler [15 March 05]