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Te Wa Moana Paenga



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Te Wa Moana AWMM
  • Surname
    Paenga AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Mo AWMM
  • Service number
    Vietnam 43651 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    17 March 1949 Ministry for Culture and Heritage WhangaraGisborne AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    Vietnam 43651 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    New Zealand Operational Service Medal AWMM
    27 November 2003 AWMM
    Private Paenga's father, Mr Ahipene Rangi Paenga of Gisborne, received the New Zealand Operational Service Medal on his behalf from the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defence at a presentation at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    19 March 1970 AWMMKilled in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    Shrapnel and gunshot wounds to the head during a major ambush in the bunker system at Nui Dinh Hills. This action took place in a major engagement during Operation Waiponamu. It was less than two months before the end of his tour of duty. AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Memorial Flag - Presented to family AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    19 March 1970 Ministry for Culture and Heritage
    Age 21 AWMM
    VietnamSoutheast Asia AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Taruheru Cemetery, Nelson Road, Gisborne District, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Vietnam. AWMM

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  • External links
    Australia's Vietnam War
    Further Reference
  • Documents
    Subritsky, M. (Ed). (1995). The Vietnam scrapbook: The second ANZAC adventure. Papakura, N.Z.: Three Feathers Publishing Co. AWMM