Born on August 26, 1918, the son of a career Army officer, Brigadier General Don Carlos Faith, he graduated from Georgetown Univerity, Washington, D.C. He was killed-in-action in the Korean War and his body was never recovered. However, his father, Brigadier General Don Carlos Faith, arranged to have included on the rear of his own stone the words: “In memory of Don Carlos Faith, Jr., Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army, Medal of Honor, 1918-1950.”
He was awarded the Medal of Honor for courage in five days of bloody fighting near Hagaru-ri in the Chosin Reservoir campaign of 1950. When the attack was launched against his battalion, he exposed himself to hostile fire while directing its actions. When the enemy penetrated their perimeter, he personally led a counterattack. His joined his forces with another nearby unit and, although exhausted by the bitter cold and continuous fighting, led yet another attack. He was mortally wounded during the final charge, but managed to hold on until the enemy was overrun, then he fell.
FAITH, DON C., JR.
Rank and organization: Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, commanding officer, 1st Battalion, 32d Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. Place and date: Vicinity Hagaru-ri, Northern Korea, 27 November to 1 December 1950. Entered service at: Washington, Indiana. Born: 26 August 1918, Washington, Indiana. G.O. No.: 59, 2 August 1951.
Lt. Col. Faith, commanding 1st Battalion, distinguished himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity in action above and beyond the call of duty in the
area of the Chosin Reservoir. When the enemy launched a fanatical attack against his battalion, Lt. Col. Faith unhesitatingly exposed himself to heavy enemy fire as he moved about directing the action. When the enemy penetrated the positions, Lt. Col. Faith personally led counterattacks to restore the position. During an attack by his battalion to effect a junction with another U.S. unit, Lt. Col. Faith reconnoitered the route for, and personally directed, the first elements of his command across the ice-covered reservoir and then directed the movement of his vehicles which were loaded with wounded until all of his command had passed through the enemy fire. Having completed this he crossed the reservoir himself. Assuming command of the force his unit had joined he was given the mission of attacking to join friendly elements to the south. Lt. Col. Faith, although physically exhausted in the bitter cold, organized and launched an attack which was soon stopped by enemy fire. He ran forward under enemy small-arms and automatic weapons fire, got his men on their feet and personally led the fire attack as it blasted its way through the enemy ring. As they came to a hairpin curve, enemy fire from a roadblock again pinned the column down. Lt. Col. Faith organized a group of men and directed their attack on the enemy positions on the right flank. He then placed himself at the head of another group of men and in the face of direct enemy fire led an attack on the enemy roadblock, firing his pistol and throwing grenades. When he had reached a position approximately 30 yards from the roadblock he was mortally wounded, but continued to direct the attack until the roadblock was overrun. Throughout the 5 days of action Lt. Col. Faith gave no thought to his safety and did not spare himself. His presence each time in the position of greatest danger was an inspiration to his men. Also, the damage he personally inflicted firing from his position at the head of his men was of material assistance on several occasions. Lt. Col. Faith's outstanding gallantry and noble self-sacrifice above and beyond the call of duty reflect the highest honor on him and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Army. (This award supersedes the prior award of the Silver Star (First Oak Leaf Cluster) as announced in G.O. No. 32, Headquarters X Corps, dated 23 February 1951, for gallantry in action on 27 November 1950.)
Born atWashington, Indiana, on August 26, 1918; Lieutenant Colonel, US Army. Killed in ActionDecember 2, 1950 in Korea. Lieutenant Colonel Faith was a decorated veteran of World War II. In Korea, he commanded the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. On December 2, 1950, the enemy launched a fanatical attack against his battalion near Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. He rallied his men to counterattack and drive the enemy back, exposing himself to enemy fire. As he led his men across the Reservoir, he was mortally wounded. For his leadership and valor, Lieutenant Colonel Faith was awarded the Medal of Honor, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster.
(Courtesy of the American Battle Monuments Commission)
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