More than 60 years after Army Lt. Col. Don C. Faith Jr., died at the brutal Battle of Chosin Reservoir in late 1950, the Medal of Honor recipient’s remains have been recovered and interred at Arlington National Cemetery.
Faith, a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War, was only identified last year.
The Washington, Ind., native was buried at Arlington last week.
His only child, Barbara “Bobbie” Broyles, who was just 4 years old at the time of her father’s death, attended the ceremony.
“I’m incredulous,” she told FoxNews.com. “He’s been missing for 62 years and it’s a wonderful, wonderful thing that he’s been found.”
With the onset of the Korean War in the summer of 1950, Faith, then 32, was dispatched to help stop the communist invasion of the southern part of the nation.
Commanding the 1st Battalion of the 32st Infantry Regiment, Faith’s unit was on the eastern bank of the Chosin Reservoir when Chinese Communist Forces initiated a massive attack on Nov. 27, 1950.
When regimental commander Col. Allan MacLean was killed on Dec. 1, Faith took over.
During attacks by Chinese forces, Faith continuously rallied his troops, personally leading an assault on an enemy position, according to defense officials.
Later, as things grew more desperate, he attempted to lead a breakout through encircling Chinese forces.
After he was hit by a fragment grenade, Faith was loaded into the cab of an army truck which just made it through a Chinese roadblock on Dec. 2.
However, as the truck drove through the roadblock it was ripped by gunfire and Faith was struck. The wound proved fatal.
A short time later, the army private driving the truck was forced to abandon it and make his way back to safety on foot, where he detailed Faith’s last minutes.
Like all the dead and wounded who were left with abandoned convoy vehicles, Faith was listed as Missing in Action. That designation was later changed to Killed in Action Body not Recovered.
Faith was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by President Harry Truman.
The award was presented to Faith’s wife by Gen. Omar N. Bradley, then the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in a ceremony on June 21, 1951.
In 2004, a joint team from the U.S. and North Korea surveyed the area where Faith was last seen and located his remains.
To confirm the find, scientists used circumstantial evidence, forensic identification tools and mitochondrial DNA, using samples from Faith’s brother for comparison, according to the US Department of Defense.
“What’s so amazing is that our country doesn’t give up,” Broyles said. “They keep looking for the missing and the prisoners of war and people who are unaccounted for in battles.”
More than 1,000 Americans were killed at the 17-day Battle of Chosin Reservoir and nearly 5,000 were listed as missing, with many captured by the Chinese. Another 4,600 US troops were wounded.
More than 7,900 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War, according to US defense officials.
(Top: The body of the former Lt. Col. Don C. Faith Jr. is carried to his final resting place in Arlington National Cemetery, April 17, 2013.)