McFaul (DDG 74) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1998

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Engineman Chief Donald L. McFaul USS McFAUL (DDG 74) is named after Enginemaii Chief Petty Officer Donald McFauI. Chief McFaul was bom 20 Sep- tember 1957 in Orange County, California. He graduated from Bend Senior High School, Bend, Oregon, in 1 974. He enlisted in the Navy after high school and after recruit training, was assigned to Naval Station, Treasure Island, where he worked for Port Services as an engine specialist. In 1977, McFaul volunteered and was se- lected to join the Naval Special Warfare Community. He underwent Basic Under- water Demolition SEAL Training Class 95 in the spring of 1978. Chief McFaul was assigned to SEAL Team ONE where he made three deployments in support of special operations out of Subic Bay, Philippuies. He was subsequently assigned to Naval Special Warfare Unit ONE, U.S. Naval Station, Subic Bay, Philippines in 1 983. Ln 1985, Donald McFaul the SEAL became Donald McFaul the civil- ian, trying his hand at engine repair and spending relaxing days fishing in Seattle, Washington and Kodiak, Alaska. Missing the challenge and ex- citement of the SEAL Teams, Donald McFaul returned to the Naval Special Warfare Community. He attended the Defense Language Institute for Spanish in Monterey, Califomia, where he met his wife, Patricia. In February 1988, Chief McFaul was assigned to SEAL Team FOUR. Soon after report- ing, Donald and Patricia were mar- ried. While at SEAL Team FOUR, Chief McFaul deployed to the Per- sian Gulf in support of Middle East Forces and later deployed to Na- val Special Warfare Unit EIGHT at Naval Station Rodman, Republic of Panama. His final deployment was as Platoon Chief of Golf Platoon on 1 8 December 1989, where he was killed in action during combat op- erations. His awards include the Navy Achievement Medal with Gold Star, Navy Unit Citation, and Good Conduct Medal with Bronze Star. He was posthumously awarded the " Purple Heart " and the " Navy Cross. " Chief McFaul is survived by his wife, Patricia; daughter, Megan; mother, Shirley Lee, of Washing- ton; brothers, Michael McFaul, J.R. Schooley, Duane Schooley, Jr.; and sisters, Debbie Baker, Candy Nelson and Karie Tart.

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I Front row. second from the left) ENC(SEAL) Donald L. McFaul fc A young ENS Mel- mil receives ciiiii;n:liil ili. (Back row. third from the right)

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Summary of Action For extraordinary heroism m action while serving as Platoon Chief Petty Officer of SEAL Team FOUR, GOLF Platoon at Paitilla Airfield, Republic of Panama during Operation JUST CAUSE, 19-21 December, 1989. GOLF Platoon was an element of Naval Special Warfare Task Unit PAPA, a force consisting of three SEAL platoons, special purpose U.S. Army and Air Force Operations Aircraft and U.S. Navy Patrol Boats. Task Unit PAPA ' s mission was: to deny the use of Paitilla Airfield to General Noriega and key Panamanian Defense Force (PDF) personnel; to disable General Noriega ' s personal jet aircraft and other selected aircraft; and to hold the airfield until relieved by conventional forces at H+5 hours. This mission was crucial to the success of Operation JUST CAUSE because it blocked a principal means of escape for General Noriega and his associ- ates. As nightfall settled over Panama on 19 December, ENC McFaul and his platoon launched tlieir combat rubber raiding craft (CRRC) from a beach near Howard AFB, rendezvoused with a waiting U.S. Navy patrol boat off the coast, and began a clandestine transit to a loitering point 3000 yards off the southern approach to Paitilla Airfield. At 23 15, the SEAL elements began their infiltration to a beach at the southern end of the airfield. As the force clandestinely moved ashore, sounds of artillery fire began to fill the air from the battles unfolding in and around Panama City. Concerned that the force would soon be compromised, his platoon was directed to move quickly to its objective. As the platoon patrolled up the airfield, an intelligence report was received indicating that General Noriega was possibly flying into Paitilla in four minutes aboard an unknown type of aircraft. The platoon continued with all possible speed to the PDF hangar on the northwestern side of the forty-three hundred foot runway to ensure that General Noriega would not be able to use his jet aircraft located inside the hangar. Simultaneously, another SEAL platoon was directed to set a hasty ambush on the southern end of the runway and engage any aircraft attempting to land. The reported aircraft never materialized, and the platoon, lying in ambush, was directed to move north on the eastern side of the airfield to their original objective and to provide rear security for GOLF platoon. As the first squad of GOLF Platoon closed to within fifty yards of the hangar housing General Noriega ' s aircraft, they became engaged in a fierce fire-fight with well positioned Panamanian Defense Forces in and between the hangars. As the engagement continued ENC McFaul and the second squad fought fiercely, at- tempting to suppress the enemy fire. The platoon ' s first squad had sustained heavy casualties m the initial volley. Eight of the nine men had been wounded. ENC McFaul came to realize that the men from tlrst squad were not responding to orders and were, in fact, all lying wounded in their exposed positions. Most were barely able to operate their weapons. He immediately responded to help the numerous wounded, since his was the closest element approximately 25 yards south of the first squad during the initial fire fight. ENC McFaul, realizing that the first squad was in extreme danger, instructed his men to continue their suppressing fire directed at the PDF hangar while he and a corpsman moved forward to rescue his stricken teammates. As he progressed toward the beaten zone of the contact, ENC McFaul encountered LTJG Casey dragging a wounded teammate from the fire fight. In the absence of effective cover fire and with disregard for his personal safety , ENC McFaul entered the kill zone with the single focus of saving his teammates ' lives. Moving quickly, he located Petty Officer Moreno, who had suffered a severe head wound, and courageously began to drag him ft om the deadly enemy fire. As he desperately pulled Petty Officer Moreno to safety, ENC McFaul was savagely raked by enemy automatic weap- ons fire, and, succumbing to his mortal wounds laid himself across his teammate, protecting him fi-om the enemy fire. ENC McFaul demonstrated the highest possible level of personal sacrifice and valor. His extraordinary heroic actions, in total disregard for his personal safety, saved the life of Petty Officer Moreno and inspired other heroic acts that unquestionably saved more lives. He set the highest possible standard for leadership by example in combat. His selfless and extraordinary heroism clearly warrant the special recognition of the Navy Cross.

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