U.S. President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to U.S. Army Chaplain (Capt.) Emil Kapaun, accepted posthumously by his nephew Ray, left, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, April 11, 2013.
story by: Meghann Myers
photo courtesy of: Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade, USA
Though he couldn’t be present to receive his Medal of Honor at the White House today, Capt. Emil J. Kapaun’s family, friends and fellow soldiers turned out to recognize celebrate his heroic actions as an Army chaplain during the Korean War.
President Obama posthumously awarded the Catholic chaplain the military’s highest award for valor, for conspicuous gallantry while serving with 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division from Nov. 1-2, 1950 in Unsan, Korea.
“He contended fearlessly against evil, giving of himself unselfishly, for those whom he called his ‘boys,’” Obama said. “He often appeared from nowhere, and remained only long enough to perform his duties.”
Kapaun earned the Medal of Honor convincing an enemy Chinese officer to allow American soldiers to surrender, in addition to saving American Sgt. 1st Class Herbert Miller, who was staring down the barrel of a North Korean rifle when Father Kapaun intervened, shoving the Korean soldier out of his way and carrying Miller to safety.
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