Story: Armed forces

Navy, army and air force personnel, Vietnam, 1970

Navy, army and air force personnel, Vietnam, 1970

The armed forces are made up of three military services, the Royal New Zealand Navy, the New Zealand Army and the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Members of all three services – Petty Officer T. Maguire (navy), Staff Sergeant G. Palenski (army) and Sergeant M. B. R. Knox (air force) – are pictured enjoying a lighter moment during their service in the Vietnam War. They are holding the puppies of a stray dog adopted by the 1st New Zealand Armed Services medical team at their hospital in Bong Son, South Vietnam. The dog, christened Kiwi, had three puppies – one for each service.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP-Defence-NZ Army, Vietnam-20

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Jim Rolfe, 'Armed forces - Contemporary armed forces', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 March 2023)

Story by Jim Rolfe, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Apr 2020