SOLDIERS
who served with non - NZ Forces - but were
KIWI
This page was created because I read an article in the May 2018 copy of the Magazine titled North & South. The article was titled
Brothers in Arms. This article is about two brothers from Auckland who went and served in the US Marines during the Vietnam War.
If you are a Vietnam Veteran and you have the opportunity to read the article I am sure, like me, you will find it very moving. After
reading this article I decided to create this page to acknowledge any other Kiwi Soldiers of other military forces that served in
Vietnam during the Viet Nam War.
The helmet above with "Kia ora" on the side is a picture of the helmet that belonged to Cpl Lott
mentioned below. Press on their Medals to read more.


US MILITARY - THREE United States KIWI names that appear on the wall

                                                                            2382854 PFC Russell David BURGESS
                                                                                 1949 - 26 April 1968 KIA Quang Tri
                                                                                        Served with US Marine Corps
                                                                                                 -WHAKATANE-


                                13664964 Sergeant Harry Payne BURTON
                                         1942 – 13 April 1969 KIA Tay Ninh.
                                      Served in 11th Armoured Cavalry Regiment
                                                         -CHRISTCHURCH-



                                                                            2112168 Corporal James Edward LOTT
                                                                           April 17 1947 – 8 May 1968   KIA Chu Lai.
                                                                                         Served in US Marines
                                                                                                 -AUCKLAND-


other KIWI servicemen who served in the US Forces include Errol Palmer and Brian Pilmer who I attended College with. Brians
brother is Murray Pilmer who also served in the NZ Army
now retired in Napier..

Mike GOLABOSKI - Chu Lai 1967-68 - AUCKLAND
Garry LOTT - US Marine Khe Sahn 1967-68 – AUCKLAND
Errol PALMER – HAURAKI
Capt Brian PILMER –  US Marine (Pilot) USS Tripoli and Guadalcanal - GISBORNE


AUSTRALIAN MILITARY

From May 1962 until April 1975 approximately 61,000 personel served in the Australian Forces in Vietnam. Of those 191
Australian Service Personel were originally from New Zealand. They vary in all three forces and in many units of the
forces. When I began this page I managed to get the four people below for a start:  

                                         55805 Lance Corporal Kevin Albert BOVILL
                                                                SAS 1969 - 1971
                                           previously 40062 LCpl KA BOVILL NZ Army 11/01/63
                                                                   Born 8/9/46
                                                              -CHRISTCHURCH-  


                                      313958 Corporal Kenneth Milton Deacon
                                  RAASC. 176 Air Despatch Company Jun – Nov 1971
                                          previously 598159 Gnr KM Deacon 161 (’65-’66)
                                                          Born 30 Aug 1940
                                                             -NEW PLYMOUTH-



                                           14109 WO2 Marco Raymond GIBBONS                                                                       
                                                    2RAR ’67 – ’68 & ’70 – ‘71
                                                            Born 22 Mar 1931
                                                                -PETONE-


                                                         219002 Corporal Ike Ihaia Robin  
                                         Royal Australian Armoured Corp - 1969-1972
                                                                 Born 10 Mar 1944
                                                                  -GISBORNE-


However I eventually found
these names which are the 191 on record. Included amoungst these names are all ranks including:

                 Lieutenant Colonel Bernard Brown - AUCKLAND
                 Wing Commander Aronson - WHANGANUI
                 Warrant Officer II Barrett - WELLINGTON
                 CARTER David and Donald twin brothers RAAF - ROTORUA
                 Lieutenant Commander Bowles - TE PUKE
                 Major Janet Elizabeth Studholme - CROMWELL

other service personel come from places such as - HOKITIKA – ONEHUNGA – HAWERA – OAMARU – NGARUAWAHIA – OTAKI
– WAIPUKURAU from everywhere up north down to Invercrgill and includes some with honours such as:

                 Distinguised Flying Cross - Wing Commander Drummond - HAMILTON
                 Mention In Dispatches - Warrant Officer II Gibbons - PETONE
                 Officer of the Order of the British Empire - Lieutenant Colonel Rouse - NELSON

The book titled "New Zealands Vietnam War" by Ian McGibbon states 184 Australian Service Persons are KIWI - our scource states
191 and the serviceman B Pilmer from the US Forces is not mentioned in this book either.

                 
CLICK  HERE  to get the 191 KIWI born soldiers in the Australian Vietnam Veterans files.