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Ronald Douglas Patrick Hassett

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ronald Douglas Patrick AWMM
  • Surname
    Hassett AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    R. D. P. Hassett AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII 800118 AWMM
    • Vietnam 30173 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    5 May 1923 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM 47 Rolleston Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
    Regular Army Service/Civilian AWMM
    Career Military; Chief of the General Staff of the New Zealand Army AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs E.M. Hassett (mother), 47 Rolleston Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 21 July 1943 AWMM Single/WWII AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Italy AWMM
    • 25 Jun 1950-27 July 1953 AWMM
      Korean War AWMM
    • 1948-1960 AWMM
      The Malayan Emergency AWMM
      The Malayan Emergency (1948-1960) After the defeat of the Japanese in WWII, a new problem emerged for Malaya. In 1948 Chinese guerrilla fighters (who had been armed and air supplied by the British during the war) emerged from the jungle and under Chin Peng, began their terror campaign to take over the country by force. Thus an intense jungle war began, fought by the British, British Commonwealth and Malay forces against the Malayan Communist Party. The Australian Government of the day, along with many others in the Western bloc, was apprehensive about the spread of international communism. Initially there was not much coordination between security forces until Lt.-Gen.Sir Harold Briggs was appointed as Director of Operations in 1949. His war executive committees (including Sir Henry Gurney) coordinated emergency operations, and created 500 new villages for Malayan citizens who lived in remote areas beyond government protection. These citizens had lived in constant fear that the Communists would appear and force them to supply food and money. Travelling was dangerous as a Communist ambush could lurk behind any roadside bush. So, by depriving the insurgents of their crucial sources of supplies and information, the Communists began to attack the new settlements. But the security forces were now fighting on their own ground, and proved to be too strong for the Communists. These forces were able to concentrate on jungle operations, thereby destroying the Communists and their camps. This was the longest continuous military commitment in Australia's history. It was to be the only war the West had won against Communism. The Emergency lasted for twelve years, ending in 1960. Australia suffered 15 killed and 27 wounded in action. From http://www.raafschoolpenang.com/malaysia.htm AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII 800118 AWMM
    • Vietnam 30173 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Student/Civilian 2NZEF Nom. Roll 13, p.53
    2NZEF Nom. Roll 13, p.53
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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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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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Lilian; father of Sean, Rory, Doon

    Chief of the General Staff of the New Zealand Army 1976-

    Was instrumental in developing the National Army Museum, Waiouru

    Patron, The Royal New Zealand Artillery Association, 1988-1997

    Class Patron, The New Zealand Regular Force Cadets

    Awarded a MBE 1962

    Later CGS. Died in Auckland. Cremated and ashes scattered by family. Awarded CB, CBE. AWMM

Death

About death

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  • Death
    13 August 2004 AWMM
    Age 81 AWMM
    AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, August 2004 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

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  • External links
    New Zealand's Vietnam War Veterans. Personal page
    http://www.vietnamwar.govt.nz/veteran/col-rdp-hassett
    Further Reference
  • Documents
    • Murphy, W. (1966). 2nd New Zealand Divisional Artillery. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • McGibbon, I.C. (1992-1996). New Zealand and the Korean War (Vols. 1-2). Auckland, N.Z.; Wellington, N.Z.: Oxford University Press in association with the Historical Branch, Dept. of Internal Affairs. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 13 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1944 to 31st March, 1944). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.53 AWMM
    • Murphy, W. (1966). 2nd New Zealand Divisional Artillery. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      Murphy, W. (1966). , p. 694 AWMM
    • McGibbon, I. (Ed.). (2000). The Oxford companion to New Zealand military history. Auckland, N.Z.: Oxford University Press. AWMM
    • McGibbon, I.C. (1992-1996). New Zealand and the Korean War (Vols. 1-2). Auckland, N.Z.; Wellington, N.Z.: Oxford University Press in association with the Historical Branch, Dept. of Internal Affairs. AWMM
      McGibbon, I.C. (1992-1996)., Vol.2, p. 404 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: New Zealand Herald, August 2004 AWMM
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