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A shepherd in combat boots : Chaplain Emil Kapaun of the 1st Cavalry Division / by William L. Maher
viii, 189 p. : ill., maps 24 cm.
Catholic Church United States Clergy BiographyChaplains, Military United States BiographyKapaun, Emil, 1916-1951Korean War, 1950-1953 Prisoners and prisonsPrisoners of war Korea (North) BiographyPrisoners of war United States Biography
A well-documented biography of an extraordinary person, Emil Kapun, who was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Medal of Honor, and named “Servant of God” by the Vatican.
Try to escape, the American soldiers warned Catholic Chaplain Emil Kapaun. However, he refused to leave his wounded comrades and became a POW. His decision marked a turning point in the inspiring life of this young priest.
Kapaun’s faith and courage on the battlefield and in prison set an example for hundreds of young American captives. When they were starving, he stole food for them. If the men needed encouragement, he defied prison rules and prayed with them. When the communist guards mocked his faith in God, the chaplain publicly defended his beliefs.
When Kapaun became sick, the communist denied him medicine and watched him die in their vermin-infested “hospital.” However, they could not extinguish the memories of how he served other prisoners.
CollectionTaking Care of the Troops
Call No. DS921 .M225 1997