Friday, 10 April 2020 - 12:38pm

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. My Dad was 350915 LBdr Francis (Frank) Toko.

Thursday, 31 October 2019 - 11:54am

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.

Wednesday, 4 September 2019 - 2:23pm

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/Tradesman (PDF)

Thursday, 29 November 2018 - 4:24pm


The effects of fifty years is a daunting kind of feeling

I recognised the hill and Luscombe Field’s tarmac sealing

What I once knew as Nui Dat was not so easy to recall

And Whiskey Company’s site was an estimation overall