Fifty years ago this month Victor 3 Infantry Rifle Company returned home from war, but theirs was not a homecoming remembered with fondness — and nor were all veterans treated with respect or dignity. Te Awamutu Courier editor Dean Taylor attends the V3 reunion and finds that even today, the emotions are still evident and memories raw.

Victor 3 Infantry Rifle Company had spent a year fighting in Vietnam, a conflict misunderstood to this day, and one which divided a nation.

New Zealand was drawn into the 'war against communism' waged by the Americans and, for the first time, Kiwis