Donald Murray Fletcher was awarded the Military Cross for bravery in Burma during World War II, and the citation noted:
"Since 15 Feb 45 Lt DM Fletcher has been continuously in action in the Me Chaung valley with his troop, which during a number of engagements has inflicted many casualties on the enemy.
His courage, leadership and outstanding personality in many actions have been beyond praise.
The example he has given to his men has been an inspiration to all from the beginning of the campaign and he has kept his troops morale at a consistently high level through long periods of physical strain and through successive attacks by the enemy.
On 27 February 1945 two Squadrons of 82 (WA) Div Recce Regt were detailed to capture Me Chaung village at the junction of the Me and Dalet Chaungs. During the engagement two troops came under heavy rifle and LMG fire from a Japanese bunker position on a pimple commanding the village. One African Bren gunner was immediately killed and one officer and four Africans wounded.
Lt DM Fletcher, who was then acting 2i/c of one of the Squadrons concerned, at once and without regard to his own safety ran forward through the enemy fire and carried back a wounded African who could not walk. He repeated this and brought in a second wounded African. Lt DM Fletcher had to be ordered back from a third attempt when fire became too heavy."
He went onto serve in The Parachute Regiment, both in the Territorials and Regulars, and rose to senior rank as Brigadier, serving as Defence Attaché in Seoul (1974-5), prior to retirement from the Army in 1977.
His sons Hamish and Hugo both served in The Parachute Regiment. The former commanded 3 PARA and the latter 4 PARA.by ParaData Editor