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Sonny Thomas Taniora

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Sonny Thomas AWMM
  • Surname
    Taniora AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    Vietnam 38490 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    11 April 1942 Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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  • Place of birth
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  • Address before enlistment
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Service

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
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Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Amiria

    Served in Borneo 1964 as a Lance Corporal

    Served in Vietnam 1969 as a Lance Corporal AWMM

Death

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  • Death
    26 July 2012 Ministry for Culture and Heritage
    Age 70 AWMM
    TaurangaBay of Plenty Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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  • Obituary
    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 27 July 2012 AWMM
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Memorial

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  • Sonny also served in the Indonesian Confrontation (Borneo) with the Gurr Battalion May65/Oct65 . Public - Roscoe - Researcher - 26 August 2021 - Nom Roll 63/65 Foster/Russell (Gurr Bn) Terendak, Malaysia.

    This comment above in Biographical information is not correct, as Sonny was in Papakura, NZ in July 1965 training with the NZSAS for deployment to Borneo in 1966. Above attached is a portrait photo taken in Papakura July 1965.
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Sources

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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
    • Gurr, Robert M. (1995). Voices from a border war : a history of 1 Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, 1963 to 1965. Melbourne, Vic.: Robert Gurr. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • Subritsky, M. (Ed). (1995). The Vietnam scrapbook: The second ANZAC adventure. Papakura, N.Z.: Three Feathers Publishing Co. AWMM
      Subritzky, M. (1995). p.290 AWMM
    • Gurr, Robert M. (1995). Voices from a border war : a history of 1 Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, 1963 to 1965. Melbourne, Vic.: Robert Gurr. AWMM
      Gurr, Robert M. (1995). p. 161 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 27 July 2012 AWMM
    • H.E. Chamberlain, Nominal Roll – 1 RNZIR, 8 May 1964, in Gurr, Robert. (2009). Voices from a border war: Borneo 1963-1965. 2nd Edition. Christchurch, N.Z.: Wilson Scott Publishing, pp.139-150 AWMM

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