Fighting in Korea was cold and bitter, especially around the time that Don C. Faith made it his personal mission in life to attack the enemy at every opportunity he got, whether in an advantageous position or not. Men like Lt. Colonel Faith are the reason so many men made it out of the Chosin reservoir alive.War is a relatively simple concept, kill so many enemy fighters that the other country either has none left, or they are so tired of the death, that they surrender. Putting the simple concept into practice may prove more difficult...for some.Not for Lt. Colonel Don C. Faith. He viewed his job as commander of 1st Battalion 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division as a relatively simple one. Lead the charge and attack the enemy. We like this guy already. When reading his citation, it just states over and over a couple of things. Those two things, he was at the front and he was attacking. Despite the biting harsh cold. He was up front and causing his own brand of mayhem.
Just what was the good ol' battalion commander doing from the front? Well in addition to directing fire, he was chuckin' grenades into enemy faces as well as blasting his way through their lines with his rifle and pistol. The enemy had enough of him causing mayhem and wrecking their shit and he was wounded mortally as the approached an enemy roadblock, throwin' grenades and firing away like always. But instead of giving up and dying, he continued to direct fire, until his last breath.This is the kind of leadership that pushed the communist hordes to their breaking point. Fighting with total disregard for their own safety and well being. For his five-day ass-kicking tour of the area around the Chosin Reservoir, Lt. Colonel Don C. Faith was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.Read more stories of American Grit: