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 sacrifice so much in their lives just so others may get to enjoy freedom. For that I am proud to call them Hero.
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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