Faith, Don Carlos, Jr., LTC

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1950-1950, 1542, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment/HHC
Service Years
1941 - 1950

Infantry

Lieutenant Colonel



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Indiana
Indiana
Year of Birth
1918
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Washington, Indiana
Last Address
Vicinity Hagaru-ri, Korea

Casualty Date
Dec 02, 1950
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Korea, North
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Section 4, Lot 3016

 Official Badges 

82nd Airbone Division


 Unofficial Badges 

Airborne


 Military Association Memberships
Korean War Fallen
  1950, Korean War Fallen

 Photo Album   (More...


 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 2nd Award
Basic Parachutist (2 Combat Jumps)

 
 Unit Assignments
82nd Airborne Division7th Infantry Division1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment
  1941-1945, 2030, 82nd Airborne Division/HHC
  1950-1950, 1542, 7th Infantry Division
  1950-1950, 1542, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment/HHC
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1944-1944 Operation Overlord/D-Day Beach Landings - Operation Neptune
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Eighth Army Offensive
  1950-1950 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)/Chosin Reservoir (Battle of Changjin)
  1950-1950 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)/Chosin Reservoir (Battle of Changjin)
  1950-1953 Korean War
 Colleges Attended 
Georgetown University
  1936-1940, Georgetown University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

   
Comments/Citation

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, Ind. Born: 26 August 1918, Washington, Ind. G.O. No.: 59, 2 August 1951.


Citation:

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.)

   
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