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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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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.
Images and impressions of South Vietnam as captured and remembered by Corporal JB Richdale, RNZEME, 161 Battery, RNZA, June 1969 until June 1970. A personal view: Tales of a Soldier/Trad
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Gnr Lowry - 44400 - I sent this note to our son:
'I found this pic on the VV site - I am going to contact the person who posted it because I'm pretty sure that is Gint, sitting under the Kiwi - the caption says - 1967 or 1970 - Gint was there in 1970 - part of the last contingent to come back. I would recognise the lady on his left shoulder anywhere. Done while he was over there - with bamboo - she had a knife in her cheek'- Jakh
Hi Manu - this 1965 Pictorial Parade film covers the period your father was in the UK. You might find it interesting: https://www.nzonscreen.com/title/pictorial-parade-161-exercise-powderhorn-1965- admin