Veteran’s Day Highlight: Has Medal of Honor Recipient Fr. Kapaun Been Found?
ATLANTA, Nov. 6, 2013 /Christian Newswire/
— As the country gets ready to celebrate our veterans, a senior
pentagon analyst responsible for locating the remains of Korean War
troops missing in action said there is a “better than even chance” that
the body of Medal of Honor recipient Father Emil Kapaun will be found
buried in a national cemetery in Hawaii, according to award-winning
journalist Roy Wenzl, coauthor of THE MIRACLE OF FATHER KAPAUN,
published by Ignatius Press.
In a recent story for The Wichita
Eagle, “Pentagon analyst thinks there’s a chance the body of Emil Kapaun
could be found,” Wenzl wrote that friends of Kapaun’s who were
prisoners of war say
guards buried Kapaun in a shallow unmarked grave after he died of
starvation and disease in a North Korean prison camp in May 1951. The
assumption since then by the Army has always been that Kapaun’s remains
are still there.
But Pentagon analyst Philip O’Brien, an
authority on Korean War soldiers missing in action, said he thinks
Kapaun’s remains may have been resting since 1954 in the National
Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, the cemetery in Hawaii better known as
the “Punchbowl.” Hundreds of unknown soldiers and other veterans from
several wars lie there.
“My best belief, a presumptive belief,
is that we have a good chance, better than even, of having Father Kapaun
in possession right now,” O’Brien said.
You can read the entire story here:
posthumously received the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama in
April, nearly 60 years after he heroically gave his life as a POW in
the Korean War. The Vatican is also considering him a possible candidate
for Sainthood. In fact, Vatican officials just recently completed a visit to the United States in September to gather additional information.
John Hotze, the Wichita Diocese priest in charge of the Kapaun
sainthood investigation for the Vatican, said finding Kapaun’s remains
would be significant news.
The Church would step in immediately and coordinate with the family to protect the remains from theft, relic hunters or any other harm, he said.
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- Martyrdom key to Kapaun’s path to sainthood, Vatican investigator says (kansascity.com)
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