Corporal Apiata VC , Reluctant hero

it will be on display at the waiouru museum i take it?


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Generous man.

Generous heart.

God bless this man.
Thank you very much Tehori, was gutted that I had missed it due to post ANZAC ceremony activities, and wasn't able to find the name of the program to look up etc etc. Cpl Apiata: What an asset to New Zealand.
A genuinley tough SOB if ever there was's a privilage to be allowed onto the same planet as guy's like that.

BTW did he have to leave the NZSAS?


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Bit of a spotter question, but aren't his medals a part of his uniform i.e. for Medal Parades etc.? Or has he left/leaving the service?

Another spotter question; looking at the photos Cutaway's link he seems to be wearing a ribbon on his right breast above his name badge. Anyone know what it is?


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Reference Soggy's post above:

Navy and Marine Presidential Unit Citation (PUC)

The Navy citation is the unit equivalent of a Navy Cross and was established on 6 February 1942.

The Navy version has blue, yellow, and red horizontal stripes.
To distinguish between the two versions of the Presidential Unit Citation, the Navy version is typically referred to as the Navy and Marine Corps Presidential Unit Citation while the Army and Air Force refer to the decoration simply as the Presidential Unit Citation.
These are only worn by persons who meet the criteria at the time it is awarded to the unit.
Unlike the Army, those who later join the unit do not wear it on a temporary basis.

Source (click on United States)

Australian Special Air Service Regiment:

Members of an Australian Special Forces Task Group made up of personnel of the Australian Special Air Service Regiment, augmented by personnel from other units, served in Task Force K-Bar. The Presidential Unit Citation was the third to an Australian unit, joining the Army PUC awarded to 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment in the Korean War and the Army PUC awarded to D Company, 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment in the Vietnam War.


Ok the sources are unfortunately the Wiki, but I think they'll do for now.
Fisrt I'd heard of this, why on earth has this not been picked up by the UK Press?


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Bravo_Bravo said:
Fisrt I'd heard of this, why on earth has this not been picked up by the UK Press?
To be fair to the Fourth Estate B_B, the Victoria Cross in question is actually a different award from the one which we give out.

Victoria Cross for New Zealand

The Victoria Cross for New Zealand was instituted in 1999 to replace the British Victoria Cross for future awards to New Zealand military personnel.

The medal and ribbon for the Victoria Cross for New Zealand is identical to the British Victoria Cross instituted in 1856.

A total of 21 (British) Victoria Crosses and one Bar have been awarded to New Zealanders.

The first, and to date, only award of the Victoria Cross for New Zealand was made to Corporal Bill (Willie) Apiata, NZSAS, on 2 July 2007.
I think the Aussies have had their own from the early 1990's too. Don't know about the Canadians.


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Another spotter note; Cpl Apiata is wearing black rank chevrons like our rifle regiments as opposed to the gold ones that other NZDF guys wear. Is this just the NZSAS or Infantry thing?
anyone know what his other gongs are?

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