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Full Name
Thomas Te Hau Taiatini
Rank Last Held
Able Seaman
Forename(s)
Thomas Te Hau
Surname
Taiatini
War
Korean War, 1950-1953
Gender
Male
Date of Birth
28 October 1933
Place of Birth
Okere Falls, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Body on Embarkation
Kayforce
Military Awards
New Zealand Operational Service Medal (NZOSM)
Last Unit Served
Royal New Zealand Navy, HMNZS Pukaki
Place of Death
Kure, Japan
Date of Death
23 August 1955
Age at Death
21
Year of Death
1955
Biographical Notes
  • Regular serviceman prior to serving with the Royal New Zealand Navy 1952-55
  • Served in HMNZS Hawea 1955
  • "Able Seamen D. Waitapu and T. te H. Taiatini, who died in Kure, were returned to New Zealand for burial." (McGibbon 1996, vol. 2, p. 480 n97) Able Seaman Taiatini's nephew, Mr Te Keho Thomas Taiatini of Auckland, 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
Further References
  • Ian McGibbon, New Zealand and the Korean War, Volume II: Combat Operations, Oxford University Press, Auckland, 1996, pp. 372, 412, 480 n97.
  • New Zealand in the Korean War. NZHistory online. URL: http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/korean-war
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