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Alastair John Sherwood Don

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Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories. Vietnam Panels names: Vietnam Names Awatere - Don - This image may be subject to copyright

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories. Vietnam Panels names: Vietnam Names Awat …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Alastair John Sherwood AWMM
  • Surname
    Don AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Al AWMM
  • Service number
    Vietnam 37221 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    27 March 1938 AWMM KurowOtago AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Vietnam Te Iringa, Kaikohe, Northland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • 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
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Alastair Don and Robert White were killed when the front of their vehicle, Romeo 2, 161 Battery was blown up by a Vietcong command detonated mine. Sergeant Don and Bombardier White were New Zealand's first casualties in the war.

    The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) began repatriating the remains of personnel buried in Malaysia during 2018.

    This is part of project Te Auraki (The Return), under which the NZDF is bringing home personnel and dependants buried overseas after 1 January, 1955, following a change in Government policy.

    Killed in action, 14 September 1965 – vehicle hit command detonated mine at Ben Cat. Read citation for Cross of Gallantry with Palm. AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    14 September 1965 AWMM
    Age 27 AWMM
    VietnamSoutheast Asia AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Terendak Camp, Malacca, Malaysia AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Vietnam. AWMM

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  • To the grandfather I never knew, I thank you for laying down your life in the line of duty and for your service to your country. Lest' we forget. Your proud granddaughter, Isabelle.
    Public - Isabelle Rose - Other Relative - 25 April 2015

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25 April 2015Isabelle RoseLevib, New ZealandOther Relative
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