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Full Name: John Louis Gurnick
Rank Last Held: Private
Forename(s): John Louis
Surname: Gurnick
War:
  • Regular Military Service
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Serial No.: 483256
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 9 July 1948
Body on Embarkation: V-Force
Embarkation Unit: Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, 1 Battalion (1RNZIR), Whiskey 3 Company
Military Awards: New Zealand Operational Service Medal (NZOSM)
Last Unit Served: Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, 1 Battalion (1RNZIR), Whiskey 3 Company, 3 Platoon
Place of Death: Vietnam
Date of Death: 29 May 1970
Age at Death: 21
Year of Death: 1970
Cause of Death: Killed in Action
Cemetery Name: Pukekohe Cemetery, Wellington Street, Pukekohe, New Zealand
Memorial Name: Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Vietnam.
Biographical Notes:
  • Memorial Flag - Presented to mother.
  • Private Gurnick's brother, Mr Earl Gurnick of Papatoetoe, 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 - mine explosion; buried at Pukekohe
Description of Image:
  • Portrait
  • Headstone, bronze, Pukekohe Public Cemetery
Further References:
Sources Used: Subritsky, M. (Compiler). (1995). The Vietnam scrapbook: "The second ANZAC adventure". Papakura, Three Feathers Publishing Co.
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