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Joseph Te Okoro Runga

  • Service number
    Vietnam 41599 AWMM
  • Also known as
    • JT AWMM
    • J. Te O. Runga AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
  • War


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Joseph Te Okoro AWMM
  • Surname
    Runga AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • JT AWMM
    • J. Te O. Runga AWMM
  • Service number
    Vietnam 41599 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    2 February 1933 Ministry for Culture and Heritage
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
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  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
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Prisoner of war

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

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Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Attested 15 Mar 1965, emplaned for Malaysia 25 Nov 1965 served in Borneo as Section 2 i/c, promoted to T/Cpl 15 Jan 1967, posted to Vietnam as Section Cdr with Victor 2 Company 10 Nov 1967, RTNZ 26 May 1968. Posted to 1 Bn Depot as Field Training Instructor wef 30 Aug 1968. Discharged 28 Mar 1969. Married Miss Leong Lai Ying (Miss Sophia Tang) May 1968. His medals are held by daughter Bic Runga in Auckland. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    2005 Ministry for Culture and Heritage
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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  • I am currently on a journey of our Runga Whakapapa, for our son James Runga. Anthony and I are so honoured and proud, to lay a memorial poppy for you. Our Koro Sam and Grand Uncle Jo are brothers.
    Public - Anthony and Lorraine - Direct descendant - 8 November 2021



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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
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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08 November 2021Anthony and LorraineNapier, New ZealandDirect descendant

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