Medal of Honor to deceased Korean era Army priest

Father Emil Kapaun, a Korean War chaplain, was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor today by President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony. He was known as the “shepherd in combat boots.” During the war, he voluntarily stayed behind with wounded soldiers, an action that would surely lead to his capture. He died in a prison camp in 1951. He is known to have offered his life in return for sparing the lives of others. In addition to the awarding of the Nation’s Highest Honor, Father Kapaun’s cause for sainthood has been introduced, and he has been recognized as a “servant of God,” the first step in the sainthood process.

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