USS McFaul (DDG-74) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy.  She is named for U.S. Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer Donald L. McFaul.


Chief McFaul (1957-1989) was a killed in action at Paitilla Airfield during Operation Just Cause, the 1989 U.S. invasion of Panama.  He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Navy Cross for his heroism during the battle while pulling another SEAL to safety.  Only two Navy Crosses were awarded for the 1989 operations in Panama.


The Invasion of Panama: Learn more about the classified mission to rescue an American hostage and the man hunt for a dictator that led to the boldest U.S. military strike since Vietnam, the surprise invasion of Panama in December of 1989.                                         Secrets of War, Episode 2-1 on Amazon Prime.