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Graham Richard Grigg

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  • Service number
    Vietnam 645140 AWMM
  • Also known as
    Dick AWMM
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    Vietnam Staff Sergeant AWMM
    Headquarters, V Force AWMM
  • War
    Vietnam War, 1961-1975 AWMM

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Graham Richard AWMM
  • Surname
    Grigg AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Dick AWMM
  • Service number
    Vietnam 645140 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Catholic, Christian AWMM

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    5 October 1933 AWMM
  • Place of birth
    Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand AWMM
  • Birth notes
    Napier, New Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    Post WW2 Clerk AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 01 Aug 1957 114 Wright Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs N.E. Grigg (mother), Waikanae, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    Vietnam War, 1961-1975 AWMM
  • Campaigns
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    Vietnam 645140 AWMM
  • Military service
    Army Territorial Force (4 years) AWMM
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    Post WW2 1 August 1957 AWMM
  • Age on enlistment
    Post WW2 23 AWMM

Embarkations

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  • Embarkation details
    Vietnam Senior Sergeant Ministry for Culture and Heritage
    Headquarters Vietnam Force (HQ V Force) Ministry for Culture and Heritage
    Royal New Zealand Army Medical Corps AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • POW liberation details
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    Vietnam Staff Sergeant AWMM
    Headquarters, V Force AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • According to Colin Whyte, he was due to go to Vietnam instead of Dick Grigg, but as Colin was to be married in a couple of months, Dick stood in for him on the posting. It was during this posting that Dick was killed.

    Death was caused by a cerebral haemorrage caused by high explosive blast after a terrorist bomb exploded below his room in the Metropole Hotel Saigon on 4 December 1965.At the time of his death, he was pay clerk Headquarters NZ 'V' Force. A brief Memorial Service was held at Saigon on 9 December 1965 and his body was flown to Malaysia on 11 December. The funeral service was held at Terendak with full Military Honours on 14 December. Mass was celebrated at the Church of Corpus Christi with approximately 180 people attending. When the graveside service was finished volleys were fired and wreaths laid. A telegram of condolence was despatched to the next of kin. (from letter to Minister of Defence from R.V.J. Johnson (13.1.66)

    A memorial Cross was issued to the family on 8 July 1966. AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Age at death
    32 AWMM
  • Date of death
    4 December 1965 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Killed in Action AWMM
  • Place of death
    Vietnam AWMM
  • Death notes
    Vietnam AWMM
  • Cemetery name
    Terendak Camp, Malacca, Malaysia AWMM
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  • Staff Sergeant Grigg was my uncle whom I idolised. I was eight years old when I recall my tearful Mother, Alison Hatton nee Grigg, waking me in the morning and telling me her younger brother who she loved dearly had been killed in the war in Vietnam. Only months earlier his older brother Brian Grigg had died when his vehicle crashed probably near his home in Paraparaumu. I recall having a US issue forage cap he had given me which I lost when I was a teenager. I have a memory of driving along Crosses Rd coming back from Havelock North in Grandad Grigg's grey Morris 1000 with Uncle Graham driving and a song that went Karu Karu Karu Ka pei E awei playing on the radio. I knew he had served as a medic in the Malayan emergency and that he volunteered to go to Vietnam. I have no doubt something died inside my mother that year and I thank God for her faith which kept her going. I also recall a
    Public - Andrew John - Direct descendant - 15 April 2016

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15 April 2016Andrew John Invercargill New ZealandDirect descendant