New Zealand

A charter member of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization, New Zealand was hesitant to become too deeply involved in the Vietnam War, basically on the grounds of limited resources and limited political support at home, and because the war was more than two thousand miles away. Nonetheless, New Zealand did make a troop commitment to the conflict. Ultimately, New Zealand sent nearly a thousand soldiers and artillery support troops to South Vietnam because they wanted to prove their commitment to American collective security arrangements in the Pacific and because they genuinely did not want to see a Communist takeover of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.