Māori › Wiki Kahika Born 11 April 1944 - Died 28 December 2017 PDF Key details Service numberVietnam 572333 AWMM Also known asW. Kahika AWMM Armed force / branchArmy AWMM Last rank WarVietnam War, 1961-1975 AWMM Enquire Lay a poppy Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesWiki AWMM SurnameKahika AWMM Ingoa Also known asW. Kahika AWMM Service numberVietnam 572333 AWMM GenderMale AWMM IwiIwi Māori AWMM Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Birth11 April 1944 Ministry for Culture and Heritage Date of birth Place of birth Birth notes Address before enlistment Post war occupation Next of kin on embarkation Relationship status Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarVietnam War, 1961-1975 AWMM Campaign Armed force / branchArmy AWMM Service numberVietnam 572333 AWMM Military service Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers Military decorations Contribute › Medals and AwardsMentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM Sapper Kahika enlisted in the New Zealand Regular Force on 6th January 1965 and was subsequently seconded for duty with the Assault Pioneer Platoon of 1st Battalion, The Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment which he joined in Malaysia in November 1967. On 13th May 1968 Sapper Kahika arrived in South Vietnam as a member of the Assault Pioneer Section which was attached to Victor Three Company of 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment/New Zealand (ANZAC) Bn. On 22nd June 19681 Sapper Kahika was part of a nine man patrol which was engaged with an enemy company of about seventy to eighty strong. The enemy opened fire on the patrol at about ten metres range and wounded five men. During the initial exchange of fire one of the riflemen was severely wounded and remained lying unconscious only five metres from the nearest enemy entrenchments. Whilst armed helicopters were engaging the enemy, the second in command of the patrol (LCpl Ropeta) directed Sapper Kahika to move forward and recover the wounded rifleman whilst he provided covering fire. Sapper Kahika unhesitatingly ran forward over ten metres of exposed ground, lifted the wounded man and carried him to cover. He then continued to participate in the action which lasted for one hour and forty minutes. Later, when a relief force had arrived and the wounded had been evacuated, he requested to be allowed to remain and help with the search of the area. He took part in the subsequent search of the enemy company defensive position and personally investigated two of the tunnel systems found there. His competence, quickness and, above all, bravery in recovering the wounded rifleman was an example and inspiration to the remainder of the patrol. In remaining after the action to give his specialised knowledge to the search he showed a commendable endurance, toughness of character and devotion to duty. NZ Gazette Number 13 dated 6 March 1969 AWMM Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training Branch Trade Proficiency Enlistment Occupation before enlistment Age on enlistment Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsVietnam Sapper Ministry for Culture and Heritage 4th Royal Australian Regiment / New Zealand (ANZAC ) Battalion, Victor 3 Company (1RNZIR) AWMM 1st Australian Task Force AWMM Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date Liberation Repatriation POW liberation details POW serial number Medical history Contribute › Medical notes Last known rank Contribute › Last rank Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › Read citation for MID. AWMM Death About death Contribute › Death28 December 2017 Ministry for Culture and Heritage Date of death Age at death Place of death Cause of death Death notes Cemetery Cemetery name Grave reference Obituary Memorial name Memorial reference Memorials Memorial Contribute › Memorial name Roll of Honour Remember Wiki Kahika by laying a poppy. Whare Kahaki Robert Kahi Wiki Kahika Barney Kahotea Nicholas Ryan Kahotea Lay a poppy for 2021 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of Wiki Kahika Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External linksNew Zealand's Vietnam War Veterans. Personal page http://www.vietnamwar.govt.nz/veteran/spr-w-kahika Sources Used Memories of New Zealand and the Vietnam War. New Zealand History online website. http://www.vietnamwar.govt.nz/ Further Reference Australia's Vietnam War https://vietnam.unsw.adfa.edu.au/ Further Reference 'Memories more sweet than bitter', Herald on Sunday, 24 April 2011 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/memories-more-sweet-than-bitter/R7KHW5OGF72KU7OWI5KAJYOHKA/ Further Reference DocumentsSubritsky, M. (Ed). (1995). The Vietnam scrapbook: The second ANZAC adventure. Papakura, N.Z.: Three Feathers Publishing Co. AWMM Hall, C. (2014). No front line : inside stories of New Zealand's Vietnam War. Auckland, New Zealand : Penguin Books. AWMM This record was created from data kindly provided by the New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage. AWMM The development of the Online Cenotaph is an ongoing process; updates, new images and records are added weekly. 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