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Full Name: Haere Desmond Hirini
Rank Last Held: Private
Forename(s): Haere Desmond
Surname: Hirini
War: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Serial No.: 463211
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 10 March 1936
Marital Status: Single
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: Vietnam
Date of Death: 1 February 1968
Age at Death: 31
Year of Death: 1968
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: Portrait
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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