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New Zealand's Vietnam War

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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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  • I worked in Vietnam as a nurse on the international Save the Children Fund team (UK, Norway, NZ) 11 Dec 1974 to 5 April 1975 when evacuated. Worked in child health clinics on Quang Tri province border, and briefly in Da Nang as
  • I was the officer in charge of HQ NZATGV (AKA HQ NZ V Force) during the withdrawal of NZ forces from Vietnam.
  • It was not experimental, so they say.In the search for a new preventative malarial medication, it has been claimed that US authorities investigated some 2100 agents, and dapsone was chosen.
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  • Fourth Row - 1=D.P.(Daryl)Wolff, 2=A.S.(Sunny)Teki, 3=M.H.(Mike)Morton, 4=E.K.(Epi)Ronaki, 5=?, 6=(VV)?, 7=?, 8=B.Te.A.(Brian)Jones.

    Third Row - 1=J.R.(John)Tauranga(W2,V4), 2=?, 3=?, 4=?, 5=?, 6=?, 7=K.B.(Keith)Rata, 8=?, 9=J.N.(Johny)Kopae (W1,W2,V3).

    Second row - 1=K.L.(Keith)Stokes, 2=Robin Charles Dow, 3=J.C. Riri, 4=?, 5=J.C.(Shorty)Pederson, 6=W.J.(Wallace)Sydney, 7=?, 8=R.T.P.(Reuben)Rewiti, 9=?.

    Front Row - Lcpl H.T.(Tai)Whatu=Abrams, Lcpl G.J.(Babe)Mills (W1,V2), Cpl W.B.(Wayne)Hutchinson, Sgt C.T.D.(Des)Panui, Lt C.B.(Chris)Mullane ONZM MBE, Lcpl M.M.(Mac)Douglas (V2), Lcpl L.J.(Len)Charman (V2), Lcpl T.R.P.(Tai)Hereora BEM.

    RIP - #43126 J.R. (John) TAURANGA. 2001. Legend=x4 tours to Vietnam-!!!
    RIP - M627405 L.J. (Len) CHARMAN. Feb 1979.
    RIP - #341393 C.T.D. (Des) PANUI. 2014 aged 77.
    RIP - #44555 K.B. (Keith) RATA. 2003 aged 52.

  • Prior to his civilian service in Vietnam, Dr, Patrick Fraser Howden, M.B., Ch.B., (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) served with the New Zealand Medical Corps in the Second World War and was attached to the 2nd New Zealand Divisional Cavalry. Captain Howden, NZMC, was appointed Medical Officer of the Divisional Cavalry in North Africa, late in 1943, part of the regimental staff as it prepared for the invasion in Italy. He served as M.O. during the major engagements of the Italy campaign, and was promoted to Major on 17 November 1944.  At the start of his military career, Dr. Howden was posted to 1st Field Ambulance on 30 July 1940, and became part of the New Zealand Medical Corps on 7 January 1941. He was officially entered on New New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll in the second quarter of 1941, as a Lieutenant in the 14th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment. His number was 38699. At that time, he was a doctor at Auckland Hospital. The 14th A.A. Regiment served in North Africa until the Desert Air Force achieved control of the skies over Egypt and Libya, The regiment was then disbanded, and its members dispersed across the 2nd New Zealand Division. That coincided with preparations for Italy. Dr. Howden was born 31 May 1913. He died in 1996. His grave may be visited at Palmerston Cemetery, north of Dunedin.