Gnr William Oliver James

Surname
James
First name(s)
William Oliver
Also known as
Billy
Rank
Gnr
Corps
RNZA
Service number
42242
Notes
Served three tours in Vietnam with 161 Battery RNZA (May 1967 to May 1968; October 1968 to October 1969); and 4 Troop NZSAS, (December 1970 to February 1971).

Disclaimer

The Vietnam List is an updated version of New Zealand's original Vietnam nominal roll – the Flinkenberg List – compiled by Captain Con Flinkenberg in 1972. Name, rank and unit information are from New Zealand military pay records. Read more about the Vietnam List.

Comments

Submitted by J C Waugh on Thursday, 27 February 2014 - 4:14pm

Permalink

I met Sgt Billy James in December 1975 as a young TF recruit at Waiouru. He was a terrific role model for us young men and taught us quickly the difference between leadership and rank. Now decades later I wonder how he has got on in the intervening years – by his photo he has aged well. I wish him well for having been one of the few formative men in my life. Tempus fugit.