Vietnam Veterans List
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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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- Note: The following is taken from the original after action report.
- My first memory of the Vietnam War came about in July 1965 whilst standing at the edge of the runway at Whenuapai airbase waving GOODBYE to my Dad and other members of the 161 Battery of the Royal New Zealand Artillery.
- Tokohau Rima Samuels (1931–1975), known as Sam, was born to Rima and Evelyn Samuels on the 19th November 1931 at Turua, near Thames, New Zealand. He was of Tainui and Whakatohea decent plus European.
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Rank for Kiwi soldiers in 1NZATTV was variable consistent with the environment. We had our New Zealand rank, we dealt a lot with US Army and we also were primarily instructors for ARVN (South Vietnam Army). Accordingly we wore a variety of distinguishing rank insignia, often at the same time, Bob Lowe was a New Zealand Sgt with acting rank of WOII, a US E7 or Sgt First Class and Vietnamese Trung Uy or First Lieutenant. Note the collar insignia that looks like two flowers.
ORs were promoted to Acting WOII during their posting to 1NZATTV primarily to gain access to US facilities like Sgt/WO messes and to gain priorities otherwise not available to more junior ranks. The paper-war reflects what happened on army records and so on but they were not paid accordingly.