Battle damaged M16 automatic rifle

This battle-damaged M16A1 automatic rifle belonged to Captain Peter Williams, 161 Battery, Royal New Zealand Artillery (RNZA). The rifle was damaged when Williams was hit and killed by a mine/booby-trap on 14 February 1967, while acting as Artillery Forward Observer with 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR) in Vietnam.

The rifle was returned to the 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF) headquarters at Nui Dat and sent back to New Zealand with Williams' personal belongings. It is currently on display at the National Army Museum in Waiouru.

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National Army Museum Te Mata Toa
Accession Number: 1978.331
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