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Dennis Waitapu

Roll of honour, Korean War Memorial 1950-53, Dove-Meyer Robinson Park, Parnell, Auckland. Names: ALLNATT Edward William (name incorrectly spelt as 'Allanatt' on memorial), BAILEY Allwyn , BERRY Peter Rex, BURBUROUGH John Ewing, CARSON Ramon Deane, CLARK Ivo Raymond, COMPTON Robert Edward, COOK Gordon Brian, COOPER Leslie John, COOPER William Henry, DICKSON Wallace Bruce, FIELDEN Dennis Siddall, FRITH Mervyn Frederick, GRIFFITHS Eric James, HUMM Herbert Lester, JACKSON Donald Cameron, LONG Richard George, MacDONALD Ronald, McDONALD Ray, McLAUGHLIN Edward Michael Noel, McRAE John, MARCHIONI Robert Edward, MAY Arthur, MOLLINSON Peter James, MORTIMER Raymond Herbert, MURRAY Lyn, NGATAI Dickson, O'NEIL Thomas Mervyn, PERCIVAL Frank Osmond, POYNTON Frederick Terence, REID Reginald James, RODGERS Douglas Neville, SCAHILL James Martin Conrad, SHORTLAND Joseph, TAIATINI Thomas Te Hau, TAYLOR Colin Franklin, UNSWORTH Robert James, VUGLER Cedric John, WAITAPU Dennis, WATSON Jefford Rex, WHANGAPIRITA Bruce, WICKSTEED Barton, PARKER (WILLIAMS) Frederick William. Image © Auckland Museum CC BY.
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    Dennis AWMM
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    Waitapu AWMM
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    Daniel Paehua AWMM
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  • Birth
    2 July 1935 AWMM WaikatoNew Zealand AWMM
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  • Regular serviceman prior to serving with the Royal New Zealand Navy 1953-55

    Served in HMNZS Pukaki 1955

    Died as a result of accidental injury

    "Able Seamen D. Waitapu and T. te H. Taiatini, who died in Kure, were returned to New Zealand for burial." (McGibbon 1996, vol. 2, p. 480 n97)

    Able Seaman Waitapu's sister in law, Mrs Patricia Waitapu of Auckland, 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 on Thursday 27 November 2003

    Real name is Daniel Paehua AWMM
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    25 November 1955 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    KureJapan AWMM
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  • Rest in peace Uncle Denny. Love always. Denise
    Public - Denise - Other Relative - 21 April 2015



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  • External links
    New Zealand in the Korean War. NZHistory online.
    Further Reference
  • Documents
    Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 10 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1943 to 31st March, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
    Ian McGibbon, New Zealand and the Korean War, Volume II: Combat Operations, Oxford University Press, Auckland, 1996, pp. 372, 413, 480 n97. AWMM


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21 April 2015DeniseSydney, AustraliaOther Relative