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
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.
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History: On 3 May 1 ATF directed 6RAR to deploy W Coy to LONG SON Island, the W3 mission being to destroy enemy locations on the island while protecting the engineer detachment building water sources for the village of Xa LONG SON on the islands east coast. W Coy could expect to remain until approximately 11 May. The Company had the local services of the W3 mortar section and an engineer splinter team. The Coy HQ was attacked on 10 May with LCpl Morrison WIA.
On 14 May W3 deployed back to the mainland for 2RAR's first operation, Op ASHFIELD, leaving 2Pl and W3 mortar section to continue operations on LONG SON Island.
last updated 20 April 2018
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