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Whi Whakapatangata Wanoa

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NZSAS legend - 3 Det Borneo & 4 Tp NZSAS (SVN) x2

NZSAS legend - 3 Det Borneo & 4 Tp NZSAS (SVN) x2

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Whi Whakapatangata AWMM
  • Surname
    Wanoa AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Whi Whakatangata AWMM
    • Phee AWMM
  • Service number
    • Vietnam M697900 AWMM
    • Vietnam 697900 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    21 May 1944 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Turei and Tunoa Wanoa

    First name also spelled as Phee

    Born and raised on the East Coast, Whi (also spelt Phee) Wanoa joined the New Zealand Army in January 1965. Later that year he was selected for service in 1 Ranger Sqn NZSAS. Whi served in Borneo (1966) with 3 Detachment, NZSAS and completed two tours with 4 Troop NZSAS in Vietnam. During his first tour, he was wounded in action on 6 August 1969. During the mid-1970s Whi spent three years as a CSM with 2/1 RNZIR in Burnham before returning to the NZSAS where he served in a range of roles until 1989. A respected Parachute Jump Instructor and tracker, Whi passed on his skills to generations of young troopers and officers in the NZSAS and was very highly regarded for his knowledge, bluff sense of humour and his direct speech. AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    1 November 2011 AWMM
    Age 67 AWMM
    Te AraroaGisborne AWMM
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  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
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  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    • Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 3 November 2011 AWMM
    • Born and raised on the East Coast, Whi (also spelt Phee) Wanoa joined the New Zealand Army in January 1965. Later that year he was selected for service in 1 Ranger Sqn NZSAS. Whi served in Borneo (1966) with 3 Detachment, NZSAS and completed two tours with 4 Troop NZSAS in Vietnam. During his first tour, he was wounded in action on 6 August 1969.

      During the mid-1970s Whi spent three years as a CSM with 2/1 RNZIR in Burnham before returning to the NZSAS where he served in a range of roles until 1989.

      A respected Parachute Jump Instructor and tracker, Whi passed on his skills to generations of young troopers and officers in the NZSAS and was very highly regarded for his knowledge, bluff sense of humour and his direct speech. Public - Aunty Huia - 22 June 2019 - https://vietnamwar.govt.nz/veteran/lcpl-p-wanoa
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Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

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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
      Subritsky, M. (1995), p.292 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 3 November 2011 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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22 June 2019Aunty HuiaNZOther
24 August 2017RoscoePapakura-!!Comrade
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