NZ Armed Services Tri-Service Medical Team in Vietnam

New Zealand Defence Force personnel were based in Vietnam from June 1964 to December 1972. At the peak of New Zealand’s involvement, 543 service people were there. A total of 3890 served, with 37 killed and 187 wounded.

 

New Zealand Defence Force personnel were based in Vietnam from June 1964 to December 1972. At the peak of New Zealand’s involvement, 543 service people were there. A total of 3890 served, with 37 killed and 187 wounded. All those who served were regulars or had enlisted in the Regular Force to join V force, or New Zealand’s army contingent in the US-led coalition. New Zealanders served in several different locations in what was then known as South Vietnam.

Bong Son

The 1st New Zealand Services Medical Team was based at Bong Son in Binh Dinh province from April 1967 until December 1971. It treated civilian casualties of war and accident cases, and helped train Vietnamese nursing staff.

RNZN Commanders in Vietnam

  • Surgeon Lieutenant Commander A. Green               31 Mar 1967 – 27 Sep 1967
  • Surgeon Commander  J.S.W. Frew                           27 Sep 1967 – 27 Jun 1968
  • Surgeon Lieutenant Commander G.M. Gordon         27 Jun 1968 – 30 Aug 1968

New Zealand Services Medical Team (NZSMT)

NZSMT was a military surgical team deployed to Qui Nhon Province on 31 March 1967. It was a separate team from the New Zealand Civilian Surgical Team which also operated in Qui Nohn Province under the Colombo Scheme.