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Pou Rakena

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Pou AWMM
  • Surname
    Rakena AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    801845 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    6 September 1918 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Mangamuka, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs B. Rakena (wife), Mangamuka, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 14 May 1943 AWMM Married AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    801845 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) AWMM
    During the crossing of the Senio River on the night of 9 April 1945, Cpl. Rakena's platoon sergeant was mortally wounded. Being the senior section leader he took over the platoon. The platoon came under very intense small arms fire. With complete disregard for his own personal safety he charged two enemy Spandau posts single-handed, killing the entire crews. The remaining Spandau posts surrendered. After having called his men the enemy began to bazooka them. Displaying outstanding courage Cpl. Rakena went forward firing his Bren gun from the hip, capturing the bazooka and killing the crew. This opposition having been eliminated the whole company advanced. During the whole advance to Massa Lombarda this N.C.O. showed courage of the highest order and was a constant source of inspiration to his company. The success of his company was due in no small measure to his initiative and superb leadership. (L.G. 18/10/1945) AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Labourer/Civilian AWMM
    KaikoheNorthland AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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Death

About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 11 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1943 to 30th June, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 11: WW2 107 AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
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