Kenneth Bradford Facey
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EVANS, Ga. - Colonel Kenneth Bradford Facey of Evans, GA, born April 9, 1925 in Mamaroneck, NY, went to be with his Lord and Savior October 24, 2009 at Eisenhower Army Medical Center following a brief illness and surrounded by family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Faye Youngblood Facey; a daughter, Dawn Facey Rogers of Charleston, SC; two sons, Bradford Scott Facey of Titusville, FL and Brook Paul Facey of Evans, GA; a stepson, Harry Thomas Douglas II of Grovetown, GA. and a sister, Ruth Stello of Rochester, NY. Grandchildren include Fawn Linette Rogers and Amber April Rogers of Charleston, SC; Richard Karl Rogers of Augusta, GA; Austin Paul Facey, Carson Andrew Facey, Adam Gray Facey, Harry Thomas Douglas III, Stewart Ellis Lord of Evans, GA; and William Juras of Atlanta, GA. Colonel Facey also had eight great grandchildren. Among his many accomplishments, Colonel Facey attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He joined the army June 4, 1943, served with the 106th Airborne Infantry and later became a Green Beret officer in Special Forces. Colonel Facey served in WWII, fought in the Battle of the Bulge, fought in the Korean conflict and two tours of duty in Vietnam. A 28 year veteran, he retired on August 13, 1971 from his assignment as Commandant of the Civil Affairs School at Fort Gordon, GA. Colonel Facey was the recipient of the following awards and medals: Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with X Device, Army Achievement Medal with 4 Oak leaf clusters, Republic of Vietnam Honor Medal, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korea Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, 10 Overseas Bars, Parachute Badge, Jump Wings and CIB (Combat Infantry Badge), Meritorious Unit Commendation, Presidential Unit Citation. He was a great warrior, and a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and uncle. A viewing will be held for Colonel Facey on Friday, October 30th from 6pm to 8pm at Elliott's Funeral Home on Columbia Road and a chapel service will be held on Saturday, October 31st at 3pm at Elliott's Funeral home Colonel Facey will be honored at a future date to be determined with a full honors burial at Arlington National Cemetery in VA. Elliott Sons Funeral Home, 4255 Columbia Road, Martinez, GA 30907, 706.868.9637. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com
In addition to his military career,Mr Facey was involved with making of the John Wayne film,The Green Berets.
"He is credited with assisting on the script,and because he assisted in writing it,John Wayne gave him a part as a briefing officer," Mrs Facey said.
"After that Charlston Heston tried to get him in movies,because he was so attractive and had a deep baritone voice. He actually turned down the possibility of a movie career. That wasn't who he was. He was a soldier.