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
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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.
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W Coy was assigned as the LCT protection
company on 31 August. Initially deployed in a rough line running
west-east north of the mountain mass, 3Pl were closest to SHW15 and the
villages needing protection, 2Pl were in the middle and 1Pl to the east
near the SUOI CHAU PHA river, but one platoon always rotated to protect NDP
JILL and the LCT. After 10-days 2RAR/NZ withdrew back to NUI DAT
leaving W Coy with the LCT minus 2Pl
deployed as garrison at FSPB GAIL. 3Pl led by Sgt Joe Yandall were particularly successful with four
contacts during the period 10 to 20 September which resulted in five VC
KIA without any 3Pl casualties.
last updated 29 July 2017
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