POW Servant of God To Receive Medal of Honor

On April 11, 2012 Father Emil Kapaun, the POW Servant of God, will receive posthumously this nation’s highest decoration for heroism, the Medal of Honor:

The Pentagon is expected to invite several of Kapaun’s fellow former prisoners of war to attend the ceremony. They survived horrific conditions in the prison camp after they were captured in the first battles against the Chinese Army in late 1950, shortly after China entered the Korean War.

All of these soldiers, now in their mid- or upper 80s, have lobbied for more than 60 years to persuade the Army to award Kapaun the Medal of Honor.

They also have lobbied the Roman Catholic Church to elevate him to sainthood. The Vatican recently completed an extensive investigation and is considering the matter.

Soldiers like Mike Dowe, William Funchess, Robert Wood, Robert McGreevy and Herb Miller, most of them Protestants, have spent decades writing letters or giving interviews describing repeated acts of bravery by Kapaun. They said he repeatedly ran through machine gun fire, dragging wounded soldiers to safety during the first months of the war.

They said his 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 near Pilsen.

Go here to read the rest of the good news in the Wichita Eagle.  When Father Kapaun receives his Medal of Honor we will have two Servants of God, the other being the Grunt Padre, Father Vincent Cappodano, who have earned Medals of Honor.  Please God we will soon have two saints with this symbol of their dauntless heroism.  Since the creation of the Medal of Honor on March 25, 1863, a total of 3,446 men have earned the Medal, 627 posthumously.  Few men in American history have deserved the Medal of Honor more.  Go here to the above post to see why I believe this.


  1. O valiant hearts who to your glory came
    Through dust of conflict and through battle flame;
    Tranquil you lie, your knightly virtue proved,
    Your memory hallowed in the land you loved.

    Proudly you gathered, rank on rank, to war
    As who had heard God’s message from afar;
    All you had hoped for, all you had, you gave,
    To save mankind—yourselves you scorned to save.

    Splendid you passed, the great surrender made;
    Into the light that nevermore shall fade;
    Deep your contentment in that blest abode,
    Who wait the last clear trumpet call of God.

    Long years ago, as earth lay dark and still,
    Rose a loud cry upon a lonely hill,
    While in the frailty of our human clay,
    Christ, our Redeemer, passed the self same way.

    Still stands His Cross from that dread hour to this,
    Like some bright star above the dark abyss;
    Still, through the veil, the Victor’s pitying eyes
    Look down to bless our lesser Calvaries.

    These were His servants, in His steps they trod,
    Following through death the martyred Son of God:
    Victor, He rose; victorious too shall rise
    They who have drunk His cup of sacrifice.

    O risen Lord, O Shepherd of our dead,
    Whose cross has bought them and Whose staff has led,
    In glorious hope their proud and sorrowing land
    Commits her children to Thy gracious hand.

    • Beautiful Fabio! I was unfamiliar with the song.

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