SMITH Michael
K88214, Leading Aircraftman, Royal New Zealand Air Force
3997, Lieutenant, Legion of frontiersmen, New Zealand

Born in Hamilton New Zealand in 1956 and educated in the Waikato region of New Zealand during the 1960's & early 70s.  He managed to get a little bored with life on the farm and enlisted into the Royal New Zealand Air Force on 30 May 1977 through to the end of October 1988 in the driving and administrative trade serving around most of New Zealand and gaining a passion for military history in the process.  This passion he carried on into his service upon enlisting into the Legion as a Frontiersman on 13 October 1995. 

During his many years since, in the Legion, a lot of his time has been spent amassing a collection of badges and medals and the like, as well as obsolete publications relating to the Legion of Frontiersmen in New Zealand.

WRITTEN WORKS
- Soldiers of the Empire - History of the NZ Command Legion of Frontiersmen (Legion Press 2011)
- Smoke Eaters - Centennial publication of the Te Awamutu Volunteer Fire Brigade (2014)
- Subritzky Saga - The heraldic history of the Subritzky family (2015)
- The Vietnam Scrapbook, [50th Anniversary Edition] - History of New Zealand's involvement in the Vietnbam War (2016)

AWARDS
NZ Defence Service Medal (2011)
Regular
NZ Legion Long Service & Efficiency Medal (2007)
NZ Legion Service Medal (2004)
NZ Legion Command Centennial Medal (2011)
Australian Legion Service Medal (2009)
Annand Frontiersmen Service Cross of the Independent Overseas Command (2006)
Metcalf Cross of Honour, Independant Command of Canada (2015)
International Year of the Volunteer Medal (2001)

Citation for the Centennial of the Te Awamutu Volunteer Fire Brigade (2013)

- Awarded the Pioneer Plaque (In Black) by the Legion of Frontiersmen (2011)
- Co-awarded the Frontiersman of the Year trophy by the Legion of Frontiersmen, New Zealnd Command (2012)

NOTES
Born 1956, Hamilton New Zealand
Joined Legion of Frontiersmen October 1995
The Pro Patria Project - Listing of all decorated New Zealanders
The Awards of the Legion
Legion Stories from the past
Links to other Legion Sites about the world
News from the command
Photographs from Conferences past in New Zealand
Past & present Patrons and Commandants of the Command
Enlistment
Decorated Frontiersmen
AWARDS
New Zealand Defence Service Medal
Regular

New Zealand Legion Long Service & Efficiency Medal
New Zealand Legion Service Medal
New Zealand Legion Command Centennial Medal
Australian Legion Service Medal
Annand Frontiersmen Service Cross of the IOC
Metcalf Cross of Honour
International Year of the Volunteer Medal

Citation for the Centennial of the Te Awamutu Volunteer Fire Brigade

BATTLE HONOURS
Behobeho          East Africa 1915 - 1917          Nyangao          Kilimanjaro          Great War 1917          Belgium 1914 -18
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