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Remembering ALL Our Fallen

2015 Reunion project to collect photos of all
our deceased veterans headstones

displayed against their name on the Company roll
- see examples 

email the photo here 
 [do close-up photos for best detail]

link to more news beginning July 2016 - news archive

W3 Reunion 2015 - read about the W3 Coy 45th reunion   13 - 15 November 2015 in Timaru

next reunion Dunedin November 2018

Commemorating John Gurnick 3Pl - died of wounds 29 May 1970

John was cover scout for 3Pl on 29 May 1970 when a booby trap was missed and he and Chris Kennedy were wounded, John dying of his wounds within a short period.  Chris recovered after a period in 1AFH and returned to 3Pl for the remainder of the tour.

A brief description of the event is here, the after-action report here, and the timeline here.

Myths & Legends About Vietnam Veterans - webmaster [10 April 2016]
the following link is to a 2014 address by Dr Brian O’Toole from Sydney University’s Brain & Mind Research Institute.  While not including New Zealand research it is an interesting article concerning some of the myths and legends that have grown up around our service:

Dalesford RSL

link to W3 remembrance pageCommemorating David Wright 2Pl - died of wounds 19 March 1970
Pte David Wright [left] succumbed to secondary infections [likely renal failure] from his earlier wounds in January and died in Concord Repatriation Hospital Sydney on 19 March 1970.  Dave had been well enough by early March 1970 to be writing from Concord to friends in W3 and his death was sudden and unexpected, so sudden that a last letter was received in SVN after news of his death.

Dave is buried in Esk Valley South Canterbury; his grave was visited during the W3 2015 Reunion in Timaru.

NOTICAS FATAL 43827 Pte Ross S Dunlea 3Pl - webmaster [13 February 2016] [updated]
Jill Dunlea has advised that Ross Dunlea died due to a heart attack while in the Marlborough Sounds on his boat 'The Big D', about 10.30 PM on 5 February 2016.  Ross and Jill live in Kaikoura and Jill was the W3 reunion AGM secretary.  Both attended the recent Timaru reunion.

Ross was wounded in action on 10 October 1970.  Ross moved to V5 Coy when W3 departed for Singapore.  He  is shown [right] at a recent V5 reunion.

Jill Dunlea has advised that Ross's funeral will be Thursday 11 February 2016 at 1.30 PM, service at the Kaikoura Memorial Centre Esplanade.  Jill can be contacted on 03 319 5583 or by email.  A report on Ross's funeral is here [hattip Alastair MacKenzie V5]

tributes here:
Mark Binning and Dave Condon:  while we didn’t know Ross in Vietnam we had got to know him from the last couple of reunions where he was a central figure in things along with his wife Jill.  Please pass on the Binning’s & Condon’s sincere condolences to Jill and the family, Ross was a great character and will be sadly missed in our W3 family.
Chris Stock:  Sorry to hear that Ross is gone, please pass on my thoughts and prayers to Jill.
Ian Paipa:  please pass on my condolences.
Tony and Phyl Panirau:  It is with great sadness we hear of Ross passing.  Please accept our deepest sympathies, we have fond memories of our weekend in Timaru.
Peter Henderson:  please extend
Lyn's and my condolences to Jill and her family.  Glad I got to see Ross again and meet Jill at our recent reunion.

Website Statistics - webmaster [3 January 2016] 
In 2015 the W3 website readership peaked with 4749 unique visitors in February, a further significant increase from the previous year high of 3652 in December 2014, before dropping to a December 2015 total of only 1924.  The decline might be due to Google changing their search engine algorithm with a bias against websites that are not mobile-friendly [W3vietnam isn't].

The first table illustrates different statistics for visitors:  unique visitors is based on different IP addresses [same computer multiple visits equals one] - No of visits is a computer who has not linked to the site in the previous hour - pages is the total of times a HTML [web] page has been viewed [but does not count PDF or other files or images], while hits show total of everything viewed or downloaded [page plus all images on page are counted] and bandwidth is the amount of data downloaded and read each month.

The second table illustrates the wide range of countries finding the website; in the past the US was consistently the largest source of visitors.  New Zealand access is for the first time in a long while at the top of the charts, note Vietnam has appeared in 10th place possibly reflecting the number of veterans now visiting or living in the region:


link to more news from before January 2016 - news archive