35 years old
from Pilsen, Kansas
April 20, 1916 – May 23, 1951
While being held captive he would selflessly help his fellow POW’s by giving them his food, raising morale and stealing medicine amongst other things.
And because he was a priest he constantly ministered to the dead and dying while performing baptisms, hearing first Confessions, offering Holy Communion and celebrating Mass from an improvised altar set up on the front end of an army jeep.
Capt. Kapaun died on May 23, 1951 when he developed a blood clot in his leg, dysentery, and pneumonia.
Distinguished Service Cross
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal with V (Valor) Device
Prisoner of War Medal
American Campaign Medal (WWII)
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (WWII) with One Campaign Star
World War II Victory Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Korean Service Medal with Two Campaign Stars
United Nations Korea Medal
Republic of Korea War Service Medal
Presidential Unit Citation, U.S. Army
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation
“...In 2001, U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.) began a campaign to award the Medal of Honor to Kapaun. Before leaving office on September 16, 2009, Secretary of the Army Pete Geren sent Tiahrt a letter, agreeing that Kapaun was worthy of the honor. Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also agreed. Tiahrt hoped the United States Congress will approve a bill awarding the Medal of Honor to Kapaun, for signing by President Barack Obama. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (Senate Bill 1867, Section 586) contains an authorization and a request to the President to award the Medal of Honor to Kapaun postumously for acts of valor performed by him during the Battle of Unsan on November 1 and 2, 1950 and while a prisoner of war until his death on May 23, 1951. In February 2013, Tiahrt said he was informed by The Pentagon that Kapaun will be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in April 2013. President Obama will present the medal to Kapaun’s nephew at The White House on 11 April 2013….”
You can read more about Capt. Kapaun here
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