• Ray Kapaun displays the Medal of Honor citation and photo of his uncle, Chaplain (Capt.) Emil J. Kapaun as (from left) Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno applaud and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler looks on during the ceremony inducting the Korean War chaplain into the Pentagon Hall of Heroes, April 12, 2013.

    Chaplain (Capt.) Emil J. Kapaun inducted into the Hall of Heroes

    Ray Kapaun displays the Medal of Honor citation and photo of his uncle, Chaplain (Capt.) Emil J. Kapaun as (from left) Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno applaud and Sgt...

  • President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive at the ceremony, April 11, 2013, at the White House, where the Medal of Honor was posthumously awarded to Chaplain (Capt.) Emil J. Kapaun.

    Obamas arrive at ceremony

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive at the ceremony, April 11, 2013, at the White House, where the Medal of Honor was posthumously awarded to Chaplain (Capt.) Emil J. Kapaun.

  • Chaplain (Major General) Donald Rutherford, U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains, delivers the invocation at the Medal of Honor ceremony for Chaplain (Captain) Emil J. Kapaun. President Obama postumously awarded the Medal of Honor to Chaplain Kapaun for his heroism at the Battle of Unsan, Nov. 1-2, 1950, during the Korean War.

    Chaplain (Capt.) Emil J. Kapaun awarded the Medal of Honor

    Chaplain (Major General) Donald Rutherford, U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains, delivers the invocation at the Medal of Honor ceremony for Chaplain (Captain) Emil J. Kapaun. President Obama postumously awarded the Medal of Honor to Chaplain Kapaun for his...

  • A Soldier holds the Medal of Honor that President Barack Obama posthumously awarded to Chaplain (Capt.) Emil J. Kapaun during a White House ceremony, April 11, 2013.

    Chaplain (Capt.) Emil J. Kapaun awarded the Medal of Honor

    A Soldier holds the Medal of Honor that President Barack Obama posthumously awarded to Chaplain (Capt.) Emil J. Kapaun during a White House ceremony, April 11, 2013.

  • President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously to Army chaplain (Capt.) Emil J. Kapaun at the White House, April 11, 2013. Here, Kapaun's nephew, Ray Kapaun, accepts it on his behalf.

    Chaplain (Capt.) Emil J. Kapaun awarded the Medal of Honor

    President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously to Army chaplain (Capt.) Emil J. Kapaun at the White House, April 11, 2013. Here, Kapaun's nephew, Ray Kapaun, accepts it on his behalf.

  • President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously to Army chaplain (Capt.) Emil J. Kapaun at the White House, April 11, 2013. Here, Kapaun's nephew, Ray Kapaun, accepts it on his behalf.

    Chaplain (Capt.) Emil J. Kapaun awarded the Medal of Honor

    President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously to Army chaplain (Capt.) Emil J. Kapaun at the White House, April 11, 2013. Here, Kapaun's nephew, Ray Kapaun, accepts it on his behalf.

  • Ray Kapaun (center) prepares to accept the Medal of Honor citation and photo of his uncle, Chaplain (Capt.) Emil J. Kapaun as (from left) Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Secretary of the Army John McHugh, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler look on during the ceremony inducting the Korean War chaplain into the Pentagon Hall of Heroes, April 12, 2013.

    Chaplain (Capt.) Emil J. Kapaun inducted into the Hall of Heroes

    Ray Kapaun (center) prepares to accept the Medal of Honor citation and photo of his uncle, Chaplain (Capt.) Emil J. Kapaun as (from left) Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Secretary of the Army John McHugh, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno...

  • Father Emil Kapaun (right) and a doctor carry an exhausted Soldier off a battlefield in Korea, early in the war.  The photo shows Kapaun to the GI's left. The soldier on the GI's right side was Capt. Jerome A. Dolan, a medical officer with the 8th Cavalry regiment.

    Kapun carries Soldier

    Father Emil Kapaun (right) and a doctor carry an exhausted Soldier off a battlefield in Korea, early in the war. The photo shows Kapaun to the GI's left. The soldier on the GI's right side was Capt. Jerome A. Dolan, a medical officer with the 8th...

  • Ray Kapaun, nephew of Chaplain (Capt.) Emil J. Kapaun, poses for a photo in the White House, before the Medal of Honor was posthumously to Chaplain Kapaun at the White House, April 11, 2013.

    Ray Kapaun readies for White House ceremony

    Ray Kapaun, nephew of Chaplain (Capt.) Emil J. Kapaun, poses for a photo in the White House, before the Medal of Honor was posthumously to Chaplain Kapaun at the White House, April 11, 2013.

  • Emil Kapaun celebrates Mass for Soldiers at Herington Air Base, Kan., circa 1942.  It was after Father Kapaun saw the need for military chaplains while serving at the Herington Air Base that he felt the call to the military chaplaincy.

    Kapaun celebrates Mass

    Emil Kapaun celebrates Mass for Soldiers at Herington Air Base, Kan., circa 1942. It was after Father Kapaun saw the need for military chaplains while serving at the Herington Air Base that he felt the call to the military chaplaincy.

  • The only known surviving photograph of Prison Camp Number 5 in Pyoktong, North Korea.  Several prisoners managed to hold on to cameras upon being captured.  Unfortunately, most were confiscated or destroyed during the years of imprisonment.

    Prison Camp Number 5

    The only known surviving photograph of Prison Camp Number 5 in Pyoktong, North Korea. Several prisoners managed to hold on to cameras upon being captured. Unfortunately, most were confiscated or destroyed during the years of imprisonment.

  • Father Kapaun playing baseball with school children circa 1940.  Father Kapaun was ordained a priest on June 9, 1940.  He was assigned to his home parish, St. John Nepomucene Parish, where children would frequently come to play at recess.

    Kapaun playing baseball with school children

    Father Kapaun playing baseball with school children circa 1940. Father Kapaun was ordained a priest on June 9, 1940. He was assigned to his home parish, St. John Nepomucene Parish, where children would frequently come to play at recess.

  • Chaplain Emil Kapaun repairs his bicycle August 11, 1950.

    Kapaun repairs his bicycle

    Chaplain Emil Kapaun repairs his bicycle August 11, 1950.

  • Father Emil Kapaun celebrating Mass using the hood of a Jeep as his altar, Oct 7, 1950.

    Kapaun celebrating Mass Jeepside

    Father Emil Kapaun celebrating Mass using the hood of a Jeep as his altar, Oct 7, 1950.

  • Emil and his mother, Bessie, prior to his ordination to the priesthood circa 1939.

    Emi Kapaun and his mother

    Emil and his mother, Bessie, prior to his ordination to the priesthood circa 1939.

  • Portrait of Chaplain (Capt.) Emil Kapaun, post World War II.  Kapaun was promoted to Captain on January 3, 1946.

    Chaplain (Capt.) Emil Kapaun portrait

    Portrait of Chaplain (Capt.) Emil Kapaun, post World War II. Kapaun was promoted to Captain on January 3, 1946.

  • Emil Kapaun celebrates Mass for Soldiers at Herington Air Base, Kan. circa 1942.  It was after Father Kapaun saw the need for military chaplains while serving at the Herington Air Base that he felt the call to the military chaplaincy.

    Kapaun celebrates Mass in 1942

    Emil Kapaun celebrates Mass for Soldiers at Herington Air Base, Kan. circa 1942. It was after Father Kapaun saw the need for military chaplains while serving at the Herington Air Base that he felt the call to the military chaplaincy.

  • Chaplain Emil Kapaun writes a letter in Korea, circa 1950.  Kapaun spent countless hours writing letters home, both to his family and to the families of fallen soldiers.

    Kapaun writes a letter

    Chaplain Emil Kapaun writes a letter in Korea, circa 1950. Kapaun spent countless hours writing letters home, both to his family and to the families of fallen soldiers.

  • Father Emil Kapaun in Seminary School.

    Kapaun in Seminary School

    Father Emil Kapaun in Seminary School.

  • Chaplain Emil Kapaun conducts a field Mass on the hood of his jeep, August 11, 1950.

    Kapaun conducts a field Mass

    Chaplain Emil Kapaun conducts a field Mass on the hood of his jeep, August 11, 1950.

  • Chaplain Emil Kapaun with his parents Elizabeth (Bessie) and Enos sometime during WWII.  Enos Kapaun was born in 1880 in Czechoslovakia.  His family immigrated to the United States when Enos was seven.  Elizabeth was born in Wakeeney, Kan. in 1895.  They were married on May 18, 1915 at St. John Nepomucene Church in Pilsen, Kan.

    Kapaun Family

    Chaplain Emil Kapaun with his parents Elizabeth (Bessie) and Enos sometime during WWII. Enos Kapaun was born in 1880 in Czechoslovakia. His family immigrated to the United States when Enos was seven. Elizabeth was born in Wakeeney, Kan. in 1895...

  • Chaplain (Second Lt.) Emil Kapaun circa 1943.

    Kapaun circa 1943

    Chaplain (Second Lt.) Emil Kapaun circa 1943.

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