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Full Name: Thomas Te Hau Taiatini
Rank Last Held: Able Seaman
Forename(s): Thomas Te Hau
Surname: Taiatini
War: Korean War, 1950-1953
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 28 October 1933
Place of Birth: Okere Falls, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Body on Embarkation: Kayforce
Military Awards: New Zealand Operational Service Medal (NZOSM)
Last Unit Served: Royal New Zealand Navy, HMNZS Pukaki
Place of Death: Kure, Japan
Date of Death: 23 August 1955
Age at Death: 21
Year of Death: 1955
Biographical Notes:
  • Regular serviceman prior to serving with the Royal New Zealand Navy 1952-55
  • Served in HMNZS Hawea 1955
  • "Able Seamen D. Waitapu and T. te H. Taiatini, who died in Kure, were returned to New Zealand for burial." (McGibbon 1996, vol. 2, p. 480 n97) Able Seaman Taiatini's nephew, Mr Te Keho Thomas Taiatini of Auckland, 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
Further References:
  • Ian McGibbon, New Zealand and the Korean War, Volume II: Combat Operations, Oxford University Press, Auckland, 1996, pp. 372, 412, 480 n97.
  • New Zealand in the Korean War. NZHistory online. URL:
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