WEAVER, David Maurice

Display Number:  1504  
Name:  Weaver  David Maurice
Rank:  Able Seaman Service Number:  15802
Date Joined:  26 January 1956 Date Discharged:  27 September 1964

David Weaver was born 28 September 1938. He joined the Royal New Zealand Navy in 1956 as a Junior Seaman and obtained the rank of Able Seaman in 1958. He served in HMNZS ROTOITI from 15 February 1957 to 12 August1957 where he was present at the first three Operation Grapple nuclear tests at Malden Island in the central Pacific Ocean: SHORT GRANITE (15 May 1957), ORANGE HERALD (31 May 1957) and PURPLE GRANITE (19 June 1957). Weaver served on many other RNZN vessels during his naval career including the commissioning voyage of HMNZS OTAGO and its first deployment to sea. He discharged from the Navy in 1964.

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Medal Description (Left to Right):  
  • New Zealand Special Service Medal (Nuclear Testing) - Awarded to David Maurice Weaver for his service in the atmospheric nuclear test at Malden Island
  • Unofficial Operation Grapple Medal -  Awarded to David Maurice Weaver for his service in the atmospheric nuclear test at Malden Island. Attached to the ribbon is an eagle pin (symbol of Operation Grapple).