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Wilson Douglas Simonsen

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Wilson Douglas AWMM
  • Surname
    Simonsen AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    W. D. Simonsen AWMM
  • Service number
    Vietnam 846154 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    15 January 1947 AWMM GoreSouthland AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    Vietnam 25 November 1968 AWMM Grocery/Civilian AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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  • Liberation date
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Medical history

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Biographical information

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    • Testimonal from Lieutenant Colonel L.J. Gardiner. "Warrant Officer Class One Wilson Douglas Simonsen enlisted into the Army as a Private Rifleman in the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment in November 1968. Over the period of May 1970 to May 1971 he had a twelve month tour of duty with a Rifle Company in South Vietnam. In October 1976 Warrant Officer Simonsen changed Corps and Trade to Storeman/Clerk in the Royal New Zealand Ordnance Corps and was posted to the 3rd Central Ordnance Depot in Burnham. During his twenty two years service, Warrant Officer Simonsen has been posted to New Zealand based Infantry and Ordnance Units in Burnham, Waiouru and Trentham and has had two postings to the Singapore based Infantry Battalion and one posting to the New Zealand Advance Ordnance Depot, also in Singapore ... In May 1989 he was made a Conductor (one of four) in the Royal New Zealand Army Ordnance Coprs. This is a prestiguous appointment awarded to selected RNZAOC Warrant Officers Class One and is based on dedicated, loyal, and meritorious service throughout their career."

      Served 22 years in the New Zealand Army – RNZIR 1968-1976 and RNZAOC 1976-1991. Retired with the rank of WO1. AWMM
    • Son of World War 2 Veteran, 23rd Battalion, William Charles Simonsen Regimental Number 17485 Public - Wilson Douglas - Self - 10 May 2020 - My fathers Military Records
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About death

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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


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