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John Alan Scrimshaw

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Alan AWMM
  • Surname
    Scrimshaw AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Scrim AWMM
    • J. A. Scrimshaw AWMM
  • Service number
    Vietnam 77325 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
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Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    Vietnam 77325 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) (Military) AWMM
    Notes to citation: Born Wellington 29 Nov 1936; Served with RNZAF 24 April 1954 to 8 March 1977. In Dec 1967, Wing Commander Scrimshaw was posted as CO 75 Sqn (Vampire) at Ohakea until his posting to South Vietnam as Forward Air Controller on attachment to the US Air Force in 1968. On completion of his tour in South Vietnam, in Jan-May 1970 he undertook a role training Skyhawk jet fighters in the US, returning to NZ as CO 75 Sqn until Apr 1971 when he became Executive Officer Strike Wing HQ. His distinguished service in all of these roles was recognised by the award of the MBE. Also awarded an Air Force Cross in Queens Birthday Honours 1966 Retired as a Wing Commander. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Liberation date
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Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Forward Air Controller (FAC) attached to US 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron at Bien Hoa, 30 December 1968 to 19 January 1969. ( 15 missions, 48 hrs). Read citation for MBE. AWMM


About death

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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
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