Hork Posted April 13, 2013 Share Posted April 13, 2013 Yesterday, Father Emil Kapaun was finally awarded our Nation's highest award for valor. After his fellow former POW's pushed for 60 YEARS, our country finally did the right thing and awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor to Father Kapaun, posthumously. I had personally written my entire congressional delegation regarding this and they all unanimously agreed that he deserved the medal. As a career military officer, Kansan, and Catholic, I am so proud of this award and of the amazing human being that received it. Perhaps one of you computer guys can post the citation, story, and some pics for me? This man died at the hands of the North Koreans in a POW camp under conditions you and I can not fathom. Despite these conditions, the survival rate in Kapaun's camp was 87% higher than all the other camps. He gave the men the will to survive. He gave them hope. He gave them his meager rations, nursed their wounds, taught them to steal, etc, etc, etc. His remains have never been found; it is believed that he is buried in a mass grave. Father Kapaun resisted the attempts to brain wash him and urged fellow POWs to do the same. He became a thorn because the men respected him and the guards feared him. He could not be broken due to his complete faith in God. At one point under torture, the guards asked "Where is your God now?" Father Kapaun's reply: "I can assure you that my God is alive as the air that you breath but can not see"! Soon after, he was remove to the camp's "hospital" from which no one returns. The Catholic Church is looking at his cause for Sainthood. I attended the Mass last summer where over 16,000 pages of documents regarding Kapaun were sealed by the Bishop and sent to the Vatican. Father Kapaun will probably be the only human being to ever receive the Medal of Honor AND be canonized as a Saint. May he rest in peace, may God bless America, and may God watch over all our military. Hork 7 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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