Like all previous Infantry Companies who finished their TOD in Vietnam, some personnel
would RTNZ almost immediately, others would leave when an aircraft became available
and the final group (selected single soldiers) would depart after 6 months.
While V4 were in Vietnam, 1 RNZIR moved from Terendak to Neesoon Camp in Singapore
so it was here that approximately 50 junior NCOs and Private soldiers would complete 2 years
in South East Asia.
The majority were posted to Alpha Company.
Bravo Coy were training for Vietnam and would become Victor 6, serving six months in Vietnam.
They were the final NZ Infantry Company to serve there.
In November 1970, the final elements of V4 flew out, bound for NZ and after an overnight stop
at Alice Springs (the venue of one last party together), we touched down at Whenuapai
and went our separate ways in a rather secretive and incognito manner.
There were no welcome home speeches, band, parade, government or high ranking
military presence, just a handful of families.
It would be 38 years later that the NZ Government would officially welcome home Vietnam Veterans.
Over the years, we have kept in contact with almost everyone, however there are a few lost souls.
Although there is a separate Reunions Section, this one is about things that we have done either
as an individuals or as groups at other events and gatherings since our RTNZ.
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