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Leslie Norman Templeton

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  • Service number
    Vietnam 982642 AWMM
  • Also known as
    L. N. Templeton AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
  • War
Portrait of Sergeant Leslie Norman Templeton. Image kindly provided by Glenice Bullen (August 2018). Image is subject to copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Sergeant Leslie Norman Templeton. Image kindly provided by Glenice Bullen (August 2018). …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Leslie Norman AWMM
  • Surname
    Templeton AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    L. N. Templeton AWMM
  • Service number
    Vietnam 982642 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

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Service

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    Vietnam 982642 AWMM
  • Military service
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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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Biographical information

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  • Fame has always been difficult to claim for the Vietnam War. This has proved the most controversial conflict of the Cold War, and it remains so. Two Templetons were involved in that nasty and difficult war.

    The first we can note was Leslie N. Templeton, No. 982642 who came from Invercargill. He joined the regular army in 1969 and went overseas in October 1970. Serving with Victor Company, he was wounded in June 1971 and writes:

    'The weather was a nice warm 33 degrees C, falling to a cool 28 degrees C at night. Our operations were about seven weeks long with re-supply of food and water every seven days. On Thursday evening, 24 June, we hit the ground. Rounds were buzzing round our heads. The next morning, we moved off very slowly. My section commander initiated fire with a group of 15 enemy. Next thing all hell broke loose. We had run into a battalion HQ with a section of heavy weapons, RPGs and 127s. Unfortunately, I did not find a hole big enough to hide in. One minute I was on my stomach, then I found myself on my back with a very sore foot. The air force came to the rescue with a chopper. My mate and I were winched out under heavy, indiscriminate fire. We were taken to a first-aid post and then flown to hospital for treatment before being flown to Singapore.’

    Les returned to New Zealand where he was to retire in 1977 as a very experienced sergeant with the Vietnam Medal, and continue with the Territorials until 1994. In civilian life Les worked as a Meat Inspector with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and, in recent years, as a Prison Officer at the Invercargill Prison.
    Written by Leslie and Hugh Templeton.

    Wounded in action, 25 June 1971 – gunshot wound to right foot in contact. AWMM
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Death

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Sources

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  • 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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