April 11, 2013

Fr. Emil Kapaun receives posthumous Medal of Honor

Fr. Emil Kapaun wasn't worried about dying, which freed him up considerably:

Kapuan turned old t-shirts into bandages, and snuck out to wash old bandages and old garments for the suffering. He was called “The Good Thief,” delivering stolen food retrieved on trips inside guards’ areas. He recited American menus for starving prisoners; led officers in “America, the Beautiful” and the national anthem (“God Save the Queen” for Brits in the camp); fixed leaking water pouches with burned down soles of rubber boots; held a sunrise Easter Mass; and became a huge pain in the ass for Chinese guards trying to indoctrinate the prisoners, calling the Communists liars and mocking them:
“Where is your God now?” guards demanded.
“Right here,” he replied.
(Walt) Mayo one day heard a Chinese officer lecture Kapaun.
“Don’t ask God for your daily bread,” the officer said. “Ask Mao Zedong. He’s the one who provides your daily bread.”
“If this is an example of God’s daily bread,” Kapaun said, “then God must be a terrible baker.”
“He joked with them, and said prayers for them, and held them in his arms like children as delirium came upon them,” Dowe wrote in 1954. “But the main thing he did for them was to put into their hearts the will to live. For when you are wounded and sick and starving, it’s easy to give up and quietly die.”
Read this to your kids! (My daughter's comment: "Yeah, he was pretty epic.") And check out all the links in the Free Beacon article, especially this one, which ends with this:
“He represented a free people who refused to play along,” Dowe said.
“And they made him pay.”

Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/2009/12/09/1089887/father-emil-kapaun-as-hundreds.html#storylink=cpy
There's also a story in the Washington Post, of all places.

(Apologies for the sloppy formatting. I'll try to fix it later.)

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1 comment:

  1. Sounds like the Medal is well deserved. Rest in peace, Fr. Kapaun.


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