SLIDESHOW: Chaplain (Capt.) Emil J. Kapaun

By U.S. ArmyMarch 1, 2013

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.
1 / 22 Show Caption + Hide Caption – 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. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller) VIEW ORIGINAL
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.
2 / 22 Show Caption + Hide Caption – 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. (Photo Credit: Courtesy photo) VIEW ORIGINAL
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.
3 / 22 Show Caption + Hide Caption – 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. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo) VIEW ORIGINAL
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.
4 / 22 Show Caption + Hide Caption – 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. (Photo Credit: Courtesy photo) VIEW ORIGINAL
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.
5 / 22 Show Caption + Hide Caption – 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. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo) VIEW ORIGINAL
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.
6 / 22 Show Caption + Hide Caption – 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. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo) VIEW ORIGINAL
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.
7 / 22 Show Caption + Hide Caption – 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. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo) VIEW ORIGINAL
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.
8 / 22 Show Caption + Hide Caption – 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. (Photo Credit: ACME Photo) VIEW ORIGINAL
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.
9 / 22 Show Caption + Hide Caption – 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. (Photo Credit: White House photo) VIEW ORIGINAL
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.
10 / 22 Show Caption + Hide Caption – 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. (Photo Credit: Kapaun Family) VIEW ORIGINAL
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.
11 / 22 Show Caption + Hide Caption – 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. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army Courtesy Photo) VIEW ORIGINAL
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.
12 / 22 Show Caption + Hide Caption – 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. (Photo Credit: Wichita Diocese) VIEW ORIGINAL
Chaplain Emil Kapaun repairs his bicycle August 11, 1950.
13 / 22 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Chaplain Emil Kapaun repairs his bicycle August 11, 1950. (Photo Credit: Col. Raymond Skeehan) VIEW ORIGINAL
Father Emil Kapaun celebrating Mass using the hood of a Jeep as his altar, Oct 7, 1950.
14 / 22 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Father Emil Kapaun celebrating Mass using the hood of a Jeep as his altar, Oct 7, 1950. (Photo Credit: Col. Raymond Skeehan) VIEW ORIGINAL
Emil and his mother, Bessie, prior to his ordination to the priesthood circa 1939.
15 / 22 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Emil and his mother, Bessie, prior to his ordination to the priesthood circa 1939. (Photo Credit: Kapaun Family) VIEW ORIGINAL
Portrait of Chaplain (Capt.) Emil Kapaun, post World War II.  Kapaun was promoted to Captain on January 3, 1946.
16 / 22 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Portrait of Chaplain (Capt.) Emil Kapaun, post World War II. Kapaun was promoted to Captain on January 3, 1946. (Photo Credit: Les Broadstreet) VIEW ORIGINAL
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.
17 / 22 Show Caption + Hide Caption – 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. (Photo Credit: Kapaun Family) VIEW ORIGINAL
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.
18 / 22 Show Caption + Hide Caption – 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. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army Courtesy Photo) VIEW ORIGINAL
Father Emil Kapaun in Seminary School.
19 / 22 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Father Emil Kapaun in Seminary School. (Photo Credit: Kapaun Family) VIEW ORIGINAL
Chaplain Emil Kapaun conducts a field Mass on the hood of his jeep, August 11, 1950.
20 / 22 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Chaplain Emil Kapaun conducts a field Mass on the hood of his jeep, August 11, 1950. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army Courtesy Photo) VIEW ORIGINAL
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.
21 / 22 Show Caption + Hide Caption – 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. (Photo Credit: Kapaun Family) VIEW ORIGINAL
Chaplain (Second Lt.) Emil Kapaun circa 1943.
22 / 22 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Chaplain (Second Lt.) Emil Kapaun circa 1943. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army Courtesy Photo) VIEW ORIGINAL