On the 16th November 1968 a malaria reduced and physically exhausted platoon of fifteen (normally 30) men from V3 Coy blundered into an enemy camp and were badly shot up.
Awards for gallantry for Kiwis depended upon what was in the pot left over from the Aussies awards. I didn’t think gallantry medallic recognition was meant to be given according to ‘only three of them; two of them – and maybe one of those in our medal box’ but on the level of gallantry?!
I worked in Vietnam as a nurse on the international Save the Children Fund team (UK, Norway, NZ) 11 Dec 1974 to 5 April 1975 when evacuated. Worked in child health clinics on Quang Tri province border, and briefly in Da Nang as NVA advanced southwards.