Wincoma Memorial Day Ceremony
Kevin is a proud Vietnam Veteran who served in the United States ARMY from 1966 to 1970. In June 1968, he was with the 101st Airborne Division where he was wounded while landing in a rice paddy after the helicopter he was riding in came under intense fire. He was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for Valor during that fire fight. Then in September, in the middle of the night, he was in another battle. Again, he received grazing flesh wounds as bullets flew by but didn’t penetrate his body. In this battle, he MEDEVAC’d thirty-three men in multiple helicopter flights. Thirteen of the wounded were critical cases and all but one survived. When the sun rose the following morning, Lt. Faherty, commanded Company A, 3rd Battalion 187 Infantry Regiment. He was awarded a second Purple Heart and the Silver Star
He returned from Vietnam Thanksgiving of 1968 and was sent to Ft. Bragg to become a Green Beret. He spent two years in the 6th Special Forces Group, being promoted to Captain in August 1969, cross-training as a qualified Intelligence Officer and was assigned to a team sent to Iran while the Shah was still in power. Between June and December he was awarded the Imperial Iranian Jump Wings by the Shah’s Special Forces and received a second U.S. Army Commendation medal when he returned to Ft. Bragg. Captain Faherty was released from active duty in 1970 and went into the reserves.