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Such was the success of his plan that the enemy soldiers discontinued the activity and withdrew to their own lines. Through his determination not to break off the action until he had inflicted maximum casualties on the enemy with the small force at his command, Captain Waterton showed outstanding leadership and courage and, moreover, prevented what was probably intended to be an enemy attack on friendly forward localities. This action was an example of the high standard of fighting efficiency and devotion to duty that this officer consistently maintained.

WILLIAMS, Dennis North, Lieutenant (3/10128),
1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, 1952

Lieutenant Williams was a rifle platoon commander throughout the entire period of the unit's service in action in Korea. He led over one hundred patrols many of which made contact with the enemy and all of which were characterised by the skilful and determined manner with which he conducted these actions. During the attack on Point 227 on 2 July 1952, his platoon was responsible for covering the withdrawal of the attacking troops to their own lines. His splendid example of courage and leadership under heavy fire on this occasion was largely responsible for the successful withdrawal of friendly troops to their own lines. Again, during the attack by another unit on Point 227 on a different occasion, Lieutenant Williams led his platoon into enemy territory in a gallant and well-executed action, remaining in position under heavy enemy fire until all the wounded had been evacuated. His action undoubtedly saved the lives of many members of the original force. Lieutenant Williams' consistent and outstanding courage, leadership and devotion to duty throughout his tour have been an inspiration and source of pride to all ranks of his battalion.

YACOPETTI, Charles Peter, Lieutenant (6/7013),
3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, 1952

Lieutenant Yacopetti commanded a rifle platoon from November 1952 until he was declared missing in action on 26 May 1953. During this time he earned an outstanding reputation as a skilful and fearless leader and one who, by his desire to come to grips with the enemy, could be relied on to inflict heavy casualties on any enemy with whom his patrols made contact. Lieutenant Yacopetti led twenty fighting and reconnaissance patrols and his courage and coolness under fire, his aggressive outlook and concern for the welfare of those under his command are typified in the patrol action from which he did not return. On the night of 25/26 May 1953, Lieutenant Yacopetti commanded a fighting patrol of seventeen men which was attacked at close quarters by three groups of the enemy, each of approximately twenty men. During the first part of the action, in which he displayed great coolness and courage, Lieutenant Yacopetti's patrol, under his leadership, fought off and inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy, despite the fact that he himself was wounded soon after the beginning of the action. Shortly afterwards a further fierce assault was launched by the enemy. Despite the


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