Indiana soldier missing from Korean War identified

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An Indiana Army lieutenant colonel who went missing during the Korean War has been identified.
The remains of Army Lt. Col. Don C. Faith Jr. will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. It's believed he died in 1950 while fighting in North Korea, but his body was never recovered - until now. Scientists used dental records and mitochondrial DNA (which matched that of Faith's brother) to positively identify him.

Faith was a native of Washington, Indiana. His funeral is planned for April 17th in Arlington National Cemetery.

Faith was a veteran of World War II and went on to serve in the Korean War.

In late 1950, Faith's 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, which was attached to the 31st Regimental Combat Team (RCT), was advancing along the eastern side of the Chosin Reservoir, in North Korea. From Nov. 27 to Dec. 1, 1950, the Chinese People's Volunteer Forces (CPVF) encircled and attempted to overrun the U.S. position.

During this series of attacks, Faith's commander went missing, and Faith assumed command of the 31st RCT. As the battle continued, the 31st RCT, which came to be known as "Task Force Faith," was forced to withdraw south along Route 5 to a more defensible position.

During the withdrawal, Faith personally led an assault on a CPVF position.

Records compiled after the battle of the Chosin Reservoir, to include eyewitness reports from survivors of the battle, indicated that Faith was seriously injured by shrapnel on Dec. 1, 1950, and died from those injuries on Dec. 2, 1950. Faith's body was not recovered by U.S. forces at that time.

Faith was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor­­ – the United States' highest military honor – for personal acts of exceptional valor during the battle.

In 2004, a joint U.S. and Democratic People's Republic of North Korea (D.P.R.K) team surveyed the area where Faith was last seen. His remains were located and returned to the U.S. for identification.

More than 7,900 Americans still remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that were previously turned over by North Korean officials or recovered from North Korea by American teams.