Catholic Army Chaplain holds mass in fieldIt took more than 60 years, but an Army chaplain who died as a prisoner during the Korean War will be awarded the Medal of Honor by President Obama on Thursday.


Capt. Emil Kapaun, who was a Catholic priest serving with the 3rd Battalion, will be honored for “extraordinary heroism”, for bravery and service to others — both on the battlefield and in prison following his capture by enemy troops in November 1950.

Fellow captives said the chaplain’s “most courageous acts followed in a prisoner of war camp, where Kapaun died in May 1951. They said he saved hundreds of soldiers’ lives using faith and the skills honed on his family’s farm.”

(READ the full story from NPR News)

Photo from Catholic Diocese of Wichita – Kapaun says Mass in the field during the Korean War

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