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Full Name
Haere Desmond Hirini
Rank Last Held
Haere Desmond
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Serial No.
Date of Birth
10 March 1936
Marital Status
Embarkation Unit
Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, 1 Battalion (1RNZIR), Victor 2 Company
Military Awards
New Zealand Operational Service Medal (NZOSM)
Last Unit Served
Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, 1 Battalion (1RNZIR), Victor 2 Company
Place of Death
Date of Death
1 February 1968
Age at Death
Year of Death
Cause of Death
Killed in Action
Cemetery Name
Kawerau Cemetery, Kawerau, New Zealand
Memorial Name
Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Vietnam.
Biographical Notes
  • Listed in Roll of Honour of The ANZAC Battalion
  • Haere Hirini resided in Kawerau and was buried at Kawerau. Memorial Flag - Presented to brother.
  • Private Hirini's brothers Mr Leslie Hirini of Hamilton and Mr Patrick Hirini of Tauranga, 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
  • Killed in Action - Gunshot wound left shoulder
Description of Image
Further References
Sources Used
  • Newman, K. (Ed.). 1995. The ANZAC Battalion. Swanbourne, Western Australia: John Burridge Military Antiques. (Original work published 1968)
  • Subritsky, M. (Compiler). (1995). The Vietnam scrapbook: "The second ANZAC adventure". Papakura, Three Feathers Publishing Co.

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