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New Zealand's Vietnam War

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New Zealand military personnel and civilian volunteers served in the jungles, skies, hospital wards, training camps, and offices of South Vietnam from 1963 to 1975.
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  • Interred at Papakura Cemetery, Row A, Plot 39, not Manukau Memorial Gardens as the Auckland Council has. Lest we Forget.

  • Brian mentioned that no-one from NZDEF was present to welcome him home on 24 December. Maybe it was because he travelled civil air rather than the RNZAF?  Members of 1NZATTV & 2NZATTV had arrived home by C-130 Hercules at Whenuapai the day before, 23 December.  We were four hours late due to a serviceability problem on the C-130 and thus landed about 2300, rather than the planned 1900.  The CGS, Maj Gen Les Pearce, and the new Labour Government's Minister of Defence, Arthur Faulkner, were present along with TVNZ and a couple of newspaper photographers. After a bit of grandstanding for the cameras, they left.  Leaving us to the vagaries of the NZ Customs officers who went through our baggage with a fine toothcomb. It took them about three hours - they found nothing. Why they acted in that way is a mystery. I remember leaving Whenuapai about 0200 feeling angry and disappointed at what they had quite unnecessarily put us through after such a long journey.  We surmised they were annoyed at having to hang around on a Saturday evening until we landed at 2300 and so decided to max their overtime. Who knows?  But it was hardly a befitting RTNZ for the last military returnees from a theatre of war that New Zealanders had served in since 1964.