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fact that his patrol had suffered heavy casualties and he himself had been wounded for the second time and was unable to move, Lieutenant Yacopetti again skilfully controlled his patrol's fire during this attack, this time dispersing the enemy. When the patrol was finally ordered to withdraw, he ordered that the other wounded men be evacuated first. Because of his decision, all except two of the wounded, of which one was Lieutenant Yacopetti, could be evacuated before the enemy again attacked and overran the area. Notwithstanding several searches late into the night, Lieutenant Yacopetti could not be found.


YOUNG, James Hay-Archer, Lieutenant (2/40101),
3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, 1951

Lieutenant Young showed outstanding initiative and courage during the operations on 5 October 1951. At 11.20 a.m., D Company was moving up the very steep sides of feature 196224 in heavy fog. When D Company was almost one third of the way up the slope, the fog suddenly cleared, revealing the Chinese occupying a strong position on top of the feature. Heavy fighting ensued, and the officer commanding D Company was wounded almost immediately. At once Lieutenant Young took command of the company, implemented a change of plan involving the whole company and secured the feature. His actions showed great steadiness and initiative. After the reorganisation, Lieutenant Young and his company attacked features 193224 and 191221. These attacks were well organised and brilliantly led. Lieutenant Young showed complete fearlessness and firm control, inspiring his company to complete a difficult action against heavy odds. In these attacks against at least one company of deeply entrenched enemy, very well equipped with automatic weapons and bazookas, Lieutenant Young's company killed sixty-eight of the enemy with small arms fire and grenades and took thirty prisoners. Much of the success of this operation was due to the courage and steadiness of Lieutenant Young.


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