Prison camp knives
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These knives are fashioned from the steel shank arches inside military-issued boots from the Korean War. At the Pyoktong POW camp, Marine Corps Maj. Gerald Fink used the knives to carve a crucifix in honor of Chaplain Kapaun. Chaplain Kapaun inspired Fink, and Soldiers of many faiths, to stay strong during their captivity. Fink and other former prisoners-of-war smuggled the Kapaun crucifix out of Pyoktong at the end of the conflict and brought it to Pilsen, Kan. It now hangs at Kapaun Mount Carmel High School in Wichita, Kan.
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