He served as an infantry sergeant and platoon leader fighting in Europe during World War II. He earned two Purple Hearts for wounds to his eyes and legs and a Bronze Star. For his service in liberating the country, Faulkner was awarded membership in the French Légion d'honneur in 2010.
- Hansen, Jeff (January 9, 2010) "French to decorate Hoover World War II veteran with Legion of Honor." Birmingham News