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Haere Hirini resided in Kawerau and was buried at Kawerau. Memorial Flag - Presented to brother.
Private Hirini's brothers Mr Leslie Hirini of Hamilton and Mr Patrick Hirini of Tauranga, received the New Zealand Operational Service Medal on his behalf from the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defence at a presentation at the Auckland War Memorial Museum on Thursday 27 November 2003
Killed in Action - Gunshot wound left shoulder.
Killed in action, 1 February 1968 – gunshot wound. Also known as Ko Haere DESMOND. AWMM
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Kawerau Cemetery, Kawerau, New Zealand AWMM
New Zealand Herald 3 February 1968 s1, p1. AWMM
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