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Lieutenant-Colonel John Williams MBE DCM (1934 - 2002) was awarded the DCM following the Battle of Plaman Mapu on 27 April 1965 where he served as a Company Sergeant Major with the 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment.

John Williams always known as Patch after losing an eye at Plaman Mapu joined the Army as a bandsman in 1949. He transferred to the infantry in 1954. He served with the Parachute Regiment in the Suez Canal Zone and in Cyprus. The battle of Plaman Mapu took place in Borneo during the confrontation with Indonesia 1962-1966. He underwent many operations as a result of injuries sustained during the battle. He later became Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) of the 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment. He was commissioned in 1971. He was awarded the MBE and appointed Lieutenant-Colonel Staff Quartermaster of the Army Staff College, Camberley in 1983. He retired from the Army in 1989. He was president of The Gallantry Medallists' League from 2000. He was appointed MBE in 1983 and DCM in 1965.


  • For Distinguished Conduct in the Field: the register of the Distinguished Conduct Medal 1920-1992 compiled by Philip McDermott (1994)
  • The Savage Wars of Peace Charles Allen (1990).
  • The Red Devils GG Norton (Leo Cooper Famous Regiment Series).


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