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Thomas Hippolite Rangi



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Thomas Hippolite AWMM
  • Surname
    Rangi AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Tom AWMM
  • Service number
    • Korea 213087 AWMM
    • Vietnam 213087 AWMM
    • Malaya 213087 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    21 May 1928 Public source
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  • Place of birth
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  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • British Empire Medal (BEM) (Military) AWMM
      CITATION – Number not yet found. (QB Honours 1970) Staff Sergeant Rangi served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force from May 1946 until April 1955. He enlisted in the NZ Army Regular Force on 4th September 1957. He served in Malaya from 1960 to 1961 as an Infantryman, followed this with a period as an instructor at the Outward Bound School before returning to Malaysia for further service in 1965 to 1966. For sixteen months of his second tour in Malaysia Staff Sergeant Rangi was attached to the Jungle Warfare School where he was concerned with the training of British, Australian, New Zealand and Ghurkha battalions for service in Borneo. Staff Sergeant Rangi was posted to Vietnam in November 1968 with Whisky Two Company, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment. Staff Sergeant Rangi was the Company Quartermaster Sergeant for eighteen months, twelve of which he spent on active service in Vietnam. Because of the nature of operations in this country Staff Sergeant Rangi’s duties were many and various: the command of soldiers remaining in the base; the supervision and maintenance of the company lines; and the resupply of the company in the field. As the senior rank in base, Staff Sergeant Rangi had to represent his company commander on many occasions. Staff Sergeant Rangi is a diligent and conscientious non-commissioned officer with the highest personal standards. He carried out all his duties cheerfully and without fuss, and everything he undertook was marked by competence and efficiency. His subordinates worked willingly for him throughout his tour and his tact, quiet determination and unfailing courtesy were a source of admiration by his superior officers. In an unassuming way Staff Sergeant Rangi, in three tours of duty in the Far East, has set a standard of performance of duty for all to emulate. He has won the admiration and respect of all with whom he works and his outstanding example, zeal and dedication has brought great credit to the New Zealand Army overseas. Additional Notes to the Citation1 In the Queen’s Birthday Honours List of June 1970, the CQMS of Whisky Two Company, SSgt TH Rangi, was awarded the British Empire medal (BEM) for his outstanding service with Whisky Company. During his tour, SSgt Rangi exercised command of the Whisky Company Rear Details and maintained supply to Whisky Company drawing a comment from the CO of the NZ Component that the standards that Rangi set in his Q Store, the general state of his company lines and the efficiency of his company resupply reflected great credit to him. SSgt Rangi has been a stalwart of the RNZIR. He had joined the RNZAF as a 17 year old, and then enlisted into the New Zealand K (Korea) Force, followed by service in the Regular Force during which time he served in Malaya, Borneo and Vietnam, finally retiring in 1980 after 34 years of service. AWMM
    • General Service Medal 1918-62 AWMM
      Malaya and Malay Penninsula Clasps AWMM
    • New Zealand Operational Service Medal AWMM
    • New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 (Non Warlike) (Korea 1954-57 clasp) AWMM
    • Vietnam Medal AWMM
    • South Vietnamese Campaign Medal (1960- clasp) AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal AWMM
    • Korea Medal (EIIR) AWMM
    • United Nations Medal for Korea AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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  • Enlistment
    1946 Chamberlain
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Prisoner of war

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Served in New Zealand Forces (Air Force and Regular Army) for 34 years, including in K force, Malaya, Borneo and Vietnam (Source: Death Notice)

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About death

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  • Death
    8 June 2013 Death Notice
    Age 85 AWMM
    NewtownWellington AWMM
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  • Cemetery
    Makara Cemetery, Wellington AWMM RC section 2, Plot 21 AWMM
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  • Obituary
    Death Notice: Dominion Post, 12 June 2013. AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • 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
    • Chamberlain, H. (2013). The New Zealand Korea Roll : honouring those who served in the New Zealand Armed Forces in Korea, 1950-1957. Wellington, N.Z.: Author. AWMM
      p.344 AWMM
    • H.E. Chamberlain, Nominal Roll – 1 RNZIR, 8 May 1964, in Gurr, Robert. (2009). Voices from a border war: Borneo 1963-1965. 2nd Edition. Christchurch, N.Z.: Wilson Scott Publishing, pp.139-150 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
    • Malayan Veterans Assn. (2004-). Selamat : Newsletter of the Malayan Veterans' Association Inc. AWMM
    • This record was partially created from Cemetery research completed by Carol Foster (2021). AWMM
    • Nominal rolls - Nominal rolls embarkation K-force [Korea Nominal Roll], Archives New Zealand, Wellington, AAYS 8638 AD1/1433 (R22440250) AWMM
    • FARELF Nominal Roll Part 1 1958-1961 - Archives New Zealand, Wellington, CAJN CH189/Box70 41/4/11 (R21234083) AWMM

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