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Whakaaro Rangi Mato

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Gravestone of Warrant Officer Whakaaro Rangi Mato, Taihape Cemetery, Taihape, Manawatu-Whanganui. Image courtesy of Rangitikei District Council (2021).

Gravestone of Warrant Officer Whakaaro Rangi Mato, Taihape Cemetery, Taihape, Manawatu-Whanganui. Im …

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Whakaaro Rangi AWMM
  • Surname
    Mato AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Whakaro AWMM
    • Joe AWMM
    • W. R. Mato AWMM
  • Service number
    • Malaya 579441 AWMM
    • Vietnam 579441 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    5 November 1936 AWMM
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  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
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Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

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  • Enlisted at age 20, Rangi served in 1NZ Regt in Malaya as a section commander and Mortar Pl NCO, he then served in 1 Ranger Sqn NZSAS until 1965 and was promoted to Cpl. He served in Malaysia again with 1RNZIR from 1965 to 1968 in Borneo and Vietnam as a Pl Sgt and Mortar Detachment commander. On his return to New Zealand, he was posted to 7WN&HB Regt as a Cadre NCO followed by a TOD in the National Service Training Unit in Waiouru. AWMM

Death

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  • Death
    • 1 August 1986 Ministry for Culture and Heritage
    • 10 August 1986 Cemetery Record
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  • Age at death
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  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
    Taihape Cemetery, Taihape, Manawatu-Whanganui AWMM Plot 22, Row C18, Block 1 AWMM
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Memorial

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Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Subritsky, 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
    • H.E. Chamberlain, Nominal Roll – 1 RNZIR, 18 May-1 October 1965, in Gurr, Robert. (2009). Voices from a border war: Borneo 1963-1965. 2nd Edition. Christchurch, N.Z.: Wilson Scott Publishing, pp.151-156 AWMM
    • Gurr, Robert. (2009). Voices from a border war: Borneo 1963-1965. 2nd Edition. Christchurch, N.Z.: Wilson Scott Publishing AWMM
    • 1st Battalion - New Zealand Regiment - Historical Records - General, July 1957-1959, Archives New Zealand, Wellington, ADRC 17588 2/1/1 (R17928162). AWMM
    • Clamp, B., Clamp, D., & 1st Battalion the New Zealand Regiment (1957-59) Association. (2007). 1st battalion the New Zealand regiment (1957-59) association 50th anniversary: the first of the first. B. Clamp. AWMM
    • This record was partially created from Cemetery research completed by Carol Foster (2021). AWMM

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