Chief Petty Officer Donald L. McFaul
Officer Donald L. McFaul was born 20 September 1957 in Orange County,
California. He graduated from Bend Senior High School, Bend, Oregon in
1974. He enlisted in the Navy upon graduation from 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,
Chief McFaul volunteered and was selected to join the Naval Special
He underwent Basic Underwater 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, Philippines. In 1985, Donald McFaul the SEAL became Donald McFaul
the civilian, trying his hand at engine repair and spending relaxing
days of fishing in Seattle, Washington, and Kodiak, Alaska. Missing the
challenge and excitement of the SEAL Team, Donald McFaul returned to
the Special Warfare Community. He attended Defense Language Institute
for Spanish in Monterey, California where he met his wife Patricia. In
February 1988, Chief McFaul was assigned to SEAL team FOUR and Don and
Patricia were married.
While at SEAL Team FOUR Chief McFaul deployed to the Persian Gulf in
support of the Middle East Forces and later deployed to Naval Special
Warfare Unit EIGHT at Naval Station Rodman, Republic of Panama. His
final deployment was as Platoon Chief of Gulf Platoon on 18 December
1989, where he was killed in action during combat operations.
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 Donald McFaul is survived by his wife, Patricia; his daughter,
Megan; mother, Shirley Lee, of Washington; brothers, Michael McFaul,
J.R. Schooley, Duane Schooley, Jr.; and sisters, Debbie Baker, Candy
Nelson and Karie Tarte.