John Weston Faas

John Weston Faas

Age: 31
Branch: USN
Rank(s): IT3, IT2, SOC
Unit(s): ST8, NSWDG
Station: Oceana, VA

Fallen on: 06 August 2011
Location: Afghanistan
Era: Global War on Terror

Medals & Commendations: three Bronze Star Medal with “V” device for valor; Joint Service Commendation Medal with “V” device for valor; Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal; Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal; two Combat Action Ribbons; Presidential Unit Citation; Navy Unit Citation; two Good Conduct Medals; National Defense Service Medal; three Afghanistan Campaign Medals; three Iraq Campaign Medals; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; three Sea Service Deployment Ribbons; Rifle Marksmanship Medal and Pistol Marksmanship Medal.

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

SOC Faas was killed on August 6, 2011 in Wardak Province, Afghanistan when insurgents shot down a CH-47 Chinook helicopter, callsign Extortion 17. The greatest single-incident loss in Naval Special Warfare history, Extortion 17 is remembered for the 30 American lives lost, including SOC Faas.