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Full Name: Donald Imlay Bensemann
Rank Last Held: Lance Corporal
Forename(s): Donald Imlay
Surname: Bensemann
Also Known As: Don
  • Regular Military Service
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Serial No.: 41383
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 30 October 1948
Place of Birth: Marlborough, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Body on Embarkation: V-Force
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: 20
Year of Death: 1968
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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