Posted by: Jacqui Murray | May 29, 2013

Wednesday Hero: Capt. Emil Kapaun

Capt. Emil KapaunCapt. Emil Kapaun
U.S. Army 35 years old from Pilsen, Kansas
3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry
April 20, 1916 – May 23, 1951

Not only is Emil Joseph Kapaun to be awarded the Medal Of Honor on April 11 for his actions while a POW in North Korea in 1951, he’s also being considered for Sainthood by the Catholic church. 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.You can read more about Capt. Kapaun here

These brave men and women have given their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.

We Have Every Right To Dream Heroic Dreams.
Those Who Say That We’re In A Time When There Are No Heroes, They Just Don’t Know Where To Look

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