W3 Company Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment

W3 Company RNZIR, New Zealand Army was on 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 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.

W3 History January 1970.  January 1970 found W3 Coy a much changed sub-unit; the nervousness of the earlier operations was gone, the soldiers felt more settled in their abilities and procedures and some personnel had been moved to new roles or had a redistribution of equipment to better adjust to the realities of the theatre and the operational tempo.  By the end of the month the soldiers had lifted their game to a higher and more professional level but suffered their first casualties.  On 1 January W3 celebrated Christmas and New Year on the same day, having not finished Op BLUEWATER until then.  There was a celebratory meal with turkey and trimmings followed by a stand-down period within Nui Dat.

read about W3 Coy activities in January 1970

last updated 5 January 2022
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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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W3 RNZIR - part of  NZVVA National Reunion Christchurch 15 - 18 February 2022 (see news)

48th Anniversary was held in Mosgiel New Zealand 16 - 18 November 2018

W3 RNZIR Reunions Facebook page (closed group)

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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" -