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Donald Imlay Bensemann

Portrait (kindly provided by family) - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait (kindly provided by family) - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Donald Imlay AWMM
  • Surname
    Bensemann AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Don AWMM
  • Service number
    Vietnam 41383 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    30 October 1948 AWMM MarlboroughSouth Island AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1 November 1967 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Waiouru Cadet School AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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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

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Lance Corporal Bensemann died of a gunshot wound through thorax sustained in contact with Vietcong

    Memorial Flag - Presented to family.

    Article. (1968, November 18). New Zealand Herald, section 1, p. 1.

    Killed in action, 16 November 1968 – gunshot wound to throat in contact. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    16 November 1968 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    Phuoc Tuy ProvinceVietnam AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Omaka Cemetery, Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand AWMM RSA Lawn Plot 7 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • I knew Don in Kaikoura when he and my sister Marlene were dating in high school until his death. I am reminded of my sister's grief as well as all Don must have gone through as I watch the Burns/Novick documentary: The Vietnam War.
    Public - Carolyn Stack - Friend - 3 October 2017
  • memories of a loving brother
    Public - Max - Direct descendant - 25 April 2017



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03 October 2017Carolyn StackUSAFriend
25 April 2017MaxGeraldineDirect descendant

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