Graham Richard Grigg Born 5 October 1933 - Died 4 December 1965 PDF Print Share Key details Contribute › Service number645140 AWMM Also known asDick AWMM ForceArmy AWMM Last rankVietnam Staff Sergeant AWMMHeadquarters, V Force AWMM WarVietnam War, 1961-1975 AWMM Lay a poppy Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesGraham Richard AWMM SurnameGrigg AWMM Ingoa Also known asDick AWMM Service number645140 AWMM GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe ReligionCatholic, Christian AWMM Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth5 October 1933 AWMM Place of birthNapier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand AWMM Birth notesNapier, New Zealand AWMM Occupation before enlistmentPost WW2 Clerk AWMM Post war occupation Address before enlistmentPre 01 Aug 1957 114 Wright Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM Next of kin on embarkationMrs N.E. Grigg (mother), Waikanae, New Zealand AWMM Relationship statusUnknown Single AWMM Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarVietnam War, 1961-1975 AWMM Campaigns ForceArmy AWMM Service number645140 AWMM Military serviceArmy Territorial Force (4 years) AWMM Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and Awards Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training EnlistmentPost WW2 1 August 1957 AWMM Age on enlistmentPost WW2 23 AWMM Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsVietnam 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 Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Medical history Contribute › Medical notesKilled in Action, Cause of Death AWMM Last known rank Contribute › Last rankVietnam Staff Sergeant AWMMHeadquarters, V Force AWMM Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › 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 Read more Death About death Contribute › Age at death32 AWMM Date of death4 December 1965 AWMM Cause of deathKilled in Action AWMM Place of deathVietnam AWMM Death notesVietnam AWMM Cemetery nameTerendak Camp, Malacca, Malaysia AWMM Grave reference Memorial name Memorial reference Obituary Roll of Honour Remember Graham Richard Grigg by laying a poppy. George Edwin Grigg George Henry Grigg Graham Richard Grigg James Isaac Grigg John Grigg Lay a poppy for 2016 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of Graham Richard Grigg Leave a note Contribute › Processing 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 Report Sources Sources Contribute › External linksMemories of New Zealand and the Vietnam War. New Zealand History online website.http://www.vietnamwar.govt.nz/Further ReferenceNew Zealand History online. New Zealand and the the Vietnam War.http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/vietnam-warFurther ReferenceAustralia's Vietnam Warhttps://vietnam.unsw.adfa.edu.au/Further Reference DocumentsSubritsky, M. (Ed). (1995). The Vietnam scrapbook: The second ANZAC adventure. Papakura, N.Z.: Three Feathers Publishing Co. AWMM Contributors Processing Command item Command item Add new record Refresh DateNameLocationRelationshipContact 15 April 2016Andrew John Invercargill New ZealandDirect descendant Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.