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Chaplain of Czech descent receives Medal of Honor

Emil Kapaun, a US Army Chaplain, posthumously received the Medal of Honor from President Obama at the White House on April 11 for his heroic acts during the Korean War. Kapaun was born in Pilsen, Kansas, in a family of Czech origin that came to the United States in the late 19th century.

Father Kapaun showed great courage and heroism in the height of the battle of the Korean War where he helped to save many lives of US soldiers while risking his own life. He was eventually captured by the enemy but continued to help others even while being held by the Chinese forces. He eventually died in the prisoner camp in 1951 but his brave acts are and always will be remembered. The Medal of Honor was accepted by his nephew, Ray Kapaun.

Read President Obama´s remarks at the award ceremony.

The story of Father Kapaun is also told by The Washington Post.
Emil Kapaun, who ministered to Korean War POWs, to receive posthumous medal
Obama awards Kapaun Medal of Honor