Christopher Mullane

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Christopher Mullane

BornAuckland, New Zealand
AllegianceNew Zealand
Service/branchNew Zealand Army
RankLieutenant Colonel
Battles/warsVietnam War
AwardsOfficer of the New Zealand Order of Merit
Member of the Order of the British Empire
Legion of Merit (United States)

Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Bernard Mullane ONZM MBE is a retired officer of the New Zealand Army, and an advocate for veterans' affairs.

Early life[edit]

Mullane spent his childhood in Auckland, New Zealand, and was educated at St Peter's College.[1] Mullane was honoured by his old school in 2015 as an "old boy of distinction."[2]

Military career[edit]

Mullane rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the New Zealand Army. He served in the Vietnam War. In the mid 1970s he served as an exchange officer at the U.S. Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia. During his exchange he was appointed as Chief of the Leadership Branch, Command and Tactics Department at the School. He was awarded the Legion of Merit for "exceptional abilities and dedication to duty in each of his assignments". Mullane's contribution to the US military was in the form of a leadership manual which was widely used in the US Army. But due to an administrative oversight, even though he had the medal, the award documentation was never officially approved before Mullane returned to New Zealand. The oversight was corrected and the medal was officially presented to Mullane on 18 June 2012, 33 years after he received the medal, by United States Army Pacific deputy commander, Major General Roger Matthews.[3][4]

In the 2009 New Year Honours, Mullane was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Vietnam veterans.[5]


  1. ^ St Peter's College Old Boys Newsletter 3/12, 7 December 2012. Archived 23 February 2013 at
  2. ^ Old boys of Distinction 2015, 17 June 2015 (Retrieved 21 December 2015)
  3. ^ Maryke Penman, "Medal of Honour", Shore Times, 21 June 2012
  4. ^ Alexandra Ventura, "US gives Kiwi his medal... 33 years late", The New Zealand Herald, 19 June 2012
  5. ^ "New Year honours list 2009". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2008. Retrieved 17 December 2017.