Special recognition for posthumous Medal of Honor recipient

Captain Emil Kapaun

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An Army chaplain posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor was given special recognition today at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.

Captain Emil Kapaun died in Korea, but his remains never made it back. His name is etched on a monument at Punchbowl in the Courts of the Missing.

The Catholic chaplain never fired a shot in the war, but did save lives.

“He began to inject himself in saving lives in a firefight. Then they were captured. He continued to save lives in the P.O.W. camp and he ultimately gave his own life for his own men and his fellow soldiers,” said Max Cleland from the American Battle Monuments Commission.

Kapaun was awarded the Medal of Honor a few weeks ago. Because of that tradition states that gold leaf is added to the etching of his name.

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