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April 13, 2013

At home - at Last

WASHINGTON — Today, on the Korean peninsula, missiles are pointed, troops are being amassed and political temperatures are reaching the boiling point.

It is political theater whose first act has now been on the stage for more than 60 years.

Today, it is a morality play where good and evil are still as clearly defined as they were in late November 1950, when the war went from cold to hot.

At that time, a young but experienced lieutenant colonel named Don Carlos Faith Jr., originally from here in Washington, Ind., engaged the Communist Chinese Forces at the Chosin Reservoir.

After the regimental commander was captured by Chinese Communists, Faith was put in charge of the entire regiment and on Dec. 1, 1950, Faith led a charge against a Chinese roadblock, which led to his death later that same day.

After making the ultimate sacrifice, Faith was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by President Harry Truman.

This was not the first time Faith was decorated, after a distinguished career during World War II, he also earned two Silver Stars, three Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts, as well numerous other awards and decorations.

Lt. Col. Faith was a hero.

Sadly, Faith's body was never recovered and for years he was listed Missing in Action, before finally being changed as Killed in Action.

Locally, Faith has been memorialized with a monument at Eastside Park and a new bridge named for him on I-69 last fall.

But despite the honors and accolades, closure would not be complete as long as the remains found on the Korean peninsula in 2004 were not positively identified.

However, last fall, his remains were identified, returned and he will be interned at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday with full military honors.

He will be laid to rest in the same cemetery as his mother and father Brig.

General Don  Carlos Faith, whom  was also from Washington, and not far from his alma mater Georgetown.

For Faith and his family, the Korean War is now finally over and will now receive the highest honor, he will rest in peace - at home.

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