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Full Name
Donald Imlay Bensemann
Rank Last Held
Lance Corporal
Donald Imlay
Also Known As
  • Regular Military Service
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Serial No.
Date of Birth
30 October 1948
Place of Birth
Marlborough, New Zealand
Marital Status
Body on Embarkation
Embarkation Unit
V3 (Victor 3) Company, 1st Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (1RNZIR)
Embarkation Date
November 1967
  • Malaya (March 1968)
  • Vietnam
Military Training
Waiouru Cadet School
Last Unit Served
Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, 1 Battalion (1RNZIR), Victor 3 Company
Place of Death
North-West Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam
Date of Death
16 November 1968
Age at Death
Year of Death
Cause of Death
Killed in action
Cemetery Name
Omaka Cemetery, Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand
Grave Reference
RSA Lawn Plot 7
Memorial Name
Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories
Biographical Notes
  • Lance Corporal Bensemann died of a gunshot wound through thorax sustained in contact with Vietcong
  • Memorial Flag - Presented to family
Description of Image
  • Portrait (kindly provided by family)
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories. Vietnam Panels names: Vietnam Names Awatere - Don
  • Hall of Memories WW2, Auckland War Memorial Museum, looking East (taken in April 1999).
Further References
  • New Zealand Ex Vietnam Services Association Inc.
  • Subritsky, M. (Compiler). (1995). p. 203; photos p. 83, 217, 228
  • New Zealand Herald 18 November 1968 s1, p1.
  • Vietnam List. Personal page
  • Memories of New Zealand and the Vietnam War. New Zealand History online website. URL:
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