This silent film footage shows performances from the ceremony to mark the investiture of 2nd Lieutenant Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa Ngārimu's Victoria Cross. It was held on 6 October 1943 in Ruatōria and was attended by many people including U.S. Marines who filmed the event.
This footage was shot by U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant Norm Hatch and Staff Sergeant Johnny Ercole also shot footage of the event. The footage has no sound because their sound equipment was stolen during a trip to Rotorua.
U.S. Marines were sent to New Zealand for training, for upcoming battles and to recover after Guadalcanal.
Footage supplied by Susan Strange. Held at the U.S. National Archives & Records Administration.
© U.S. Marine Corps.