The remains of a soldier awarded the Medal of Honor after being killed in the Korean War will be returned to his relatives for burial with full military honors after they were identified 63 years after his death, officials announced Wednesday.
Army Lt. Col. Don C. Faith Jr., of Washington, Ind., will be buried April 17 in Arlington National Cemetery, officials from the Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office said.
Faith, a veteran of World War II who continued to serve in the Army during the Korean War, was seriously injured by shrapnel on Dec. 1, 1950, and died a day later from those injuries. But his body was not recovered by U.S. forces at the time.
He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, the United States’ highest military honor recognizing personal acts of exceptional valor during battle.
At the time of his death, Faith and his unit — 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment — were attached to the 31st Regimental Combat Team as it advanced along the eastern side of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea.
During attacks by the Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces, Faith assumed command with his supervisor missing, and he continuously rallied his troops, personally leading an assault on an enemy position, defense officials said.
In 2004, a joint team from the U.S. and North Korea surveyed the area where Faith was last seen and located his remains. To confirm the find, scientists used circumstantial evidence, forensic identification tools and mitochondrial DNA, using samples from Faith's brother for comparison.
More than 7,900 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War, U.S. defense officials said.
The ratio was 100 to 1 opposing forces to UN Troops. The frost level was 17 inches into the turf. A good portion of the troops were there in summer uniforms. I got cold enough to crack 3 of my front teeth. Glad he finally made ot home.
I am too Allen.. Thank you for your service as well...Glad your home..
Thank you for posting this story. It is encouraging to see that America still cares and still brings them home even after so many years. If only our military had been allowed to rescue Americans in Benghazi instead of deserting them to be murdered and mutilated. This is why we have Professionals in the military; politicians do not belong there.
GOD BLESS YOU .