Servicemembers honor Army chaplain awarded Medal of Honor

A U.S. airman reads the citation accompanying the Medal of Honor awarded Thursday to Father (Capt.) Emil Kapaun, an Army chaplain who died in the Korean War.


By MATT MILLHAM | STARS AND STRIPES Published: April 11, 2013

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Airmen and soldiers from around the Kaiserslautern Military Community took part in various ceremonies and activities Thursday dedicated to the memory of Emil Kapaun, an Army captain and Catholic chaplain, who died during the Korean War.

A base and chapel in the community are named after the chaplain, but few military members in the community had a good understanding of Kapaun’s time in the war until recently, when his heroics came to light amid news that his actions earned him the Medal of Honor.

President Barack Obama was to award the medal to his surviving family members Thursday, more than 60 years after Kapaun’s death in a North Korean prison camp.


Catholic military chaplains greet people as they enter the chapel dedicated to Father Emil J. Kapaun, an Army captain and chaplain who died May 23, 1951, while a prisoner during the Korean War. Military personnel and others in the greater Kaiserslautern military community in Germany attended a Catholic mass and wreath laying in his honor Thursday, hours before President Barack Obama was to award Kapaun the military's highest award for valor - the Medal of Honor.


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