Black and white film of a 161 Battery forward observation party heading out on patrol with Australian soldiers shortly after their arrival in Vietnam, 1965.
161 Battery was attached to the US 173rd Airborne Brigade at Bien Hoa when it first arrived in Vietnam, July 1965. The battery provided artillery support to the US unit redeployed to Nui Dat in June 1966.
Gun number Lance-Bombardier Wally Williams became 161 Battery's first battle casualty when his left leg was broken by a bullet fired into the battery's base area at Bien Hoa, July 1965.
In May 1965, the New Zealand government announced it was sending a combat force to Vietnam. Gunner Wayne Robson was amongst the first New Zealand troops to arrive at Bien Hoa airbase in July 1965.
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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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