Early on in my tour, we had quite a large platoon ambush in which we killed a number of enemy – my role was to clear the kill area and search the bodies.
I have had a real problem for years in the naming of the first New Zealand rifle companies sent to Vietnam. These companies were originally known as Victor Company and Whiskey Company. They were never at any stage given a number by which to identify them.
Dennis Griffin began constructing this series of models in January 2011. Carved out of bone and stone, the models were part of his healing process and means for Griffin to express how he felt soldiers were treated after returning from Vietnam.
John Gillies served in Vietnam with the New Zealand Surgical Team, the 1st New Zealand Services Medical Team, and the 1st Australian Logistical Services Group. His Vietnam War involved outpatient work, minor surgery, post-operative care, and civil aid.