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Korean War hero’s remains, recovered from North, to be buried in Arlington

The remains of an Army officer who received the Medal of Honor for heroism in the Korean War will be brought to Arlington National Cemetery next week for burial with full military honors, the Defense Department said Wednesday.

The remains of Lt. Col. Don C. Faith Jr., who assumed command of an encircled unit after his commander was lost in fierce fighting at the Chosin Reservoir, were recovered in 2004 with assistance from North Korea and positively identified by military forensic officials who used DNA and other evidence, officials said.

Faith, who was a veteran of World War II, was with the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment as part of the 31st Regimental Combat Team advancing along the eastern side of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea in late 1950 when Chinese forces poured over the border and overwhelmed them, the Pentagon said.

When Faith’s commander disappeared, Faith took over of the 31st Regimental Combat Team. Faith rallied the troops as the unit, which took on the name “Task Force Faith,” withdrew under fire. He was seriously injured by shrapnel Dec. 1, 1950, and died the next day. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

Fredrick Kunkle runs the Tripping blog, writing about the experience of travel. Freddy's also covered politics, courts, police, and local government. Before coming to The Washington Post, he worked for the Star-Ledger and The Bergen Record.

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