W3 Company Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment

W3 Company RNZIR saw active service in South Vietnam from 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 New Zealand army 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 a part of 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 and abbreviations.  Scroll down for news of the next Company reunion.  The W3 CQMS Store is here.
 

W3 RNZIR History 
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, to repel attack, by night and day, regardless of season, weather or terrain.

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To understand the W3 RNZIR history you need to understand the environment experienced by the infantry deployed to Vietnam.  Medical professionals and welfare agencies often don't realise the conditions infantry experienced during their 12 month tour in Vietnam. 


last updated 17 November 2023
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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 
Colonel-in-Chief
Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment
speaking in 2006

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Personal stories and photographs from W3 veterans and their families are encouraged and
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W3 RNZIR Reunion Christchurch 14/15 November 2023 [news]

W3 RNZIR Reunions Facebook page (closed group)

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acknowledgements
and disclaimers 

website started
April 2005


this website contains private details of Vietnam veterans - click this link for further details

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


infantry is the major combat element of the Army, frontline soldiers and the backbone of Army service.

 

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 New Zealand servicemen posted on active service in the Vietnam conflict
"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers" -
Shakespeare