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Task Force Faith
I want to talk a little more about Col. Donald Faith because he was one of
the great commanders and guys like Lee (Chosin) will never forget him. Col.
Faith did not survive that last battle except in the memories of his men.
After being practically blown apart by a grenade he froze to death in the cab
of a truck.
During that night(November 30) Lieutenant Robert D. Willson had directed
morter fire, but the ammunition was gone by this time. Assembling a force of
twenty or twenty five men he waited a few minutes until there was enough
light. His force was short of ammunition-completely out of rifle grenades.
Wilson carried a recaptured tommy gun. When daylight came the men moved out.
Wilson out in front, leading. Near the objective an enemy bullet struck his
arm, knocking him to the ground. He got up and went on. Another bullet struck
him in the arm or chest.
"That one bit", he said, continuing. A second or two later another bullet
struck him in the forehead and killed him,
Sergeant Fred Sugua took charge and was, in turn, killed within a few
On December 4 when most of it's survivors had returned, the 1st
Battalion, 32 Infantry, counted only 181 officers, men, and attached ROK
troops, of the original 1053 that had begun the operation.
There are a few other stories I want to tell you about men like Lieutenant
James Campbell, Lieutenant Mortrude, Lieutenant Smith, Major Robert E. Jones,
Private Glen J finfrock, Lieutenant Colonel Barton O. Baker and a couple
others I can't remember right now. These are stories of ordinary guys who
went to Korea and became real heros.