President Barack Obama posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor to Chaplin Emil Kapaun yesterday in a ceremony at the White House. Father Kapaun was a chaplain in the U.S. Army during the Korean War whose conspicuous gallantry under enemy fire saved numerous lives on the battlefield and later in a prisoner of war camp.
Father Kapaun's life, in my opinion, serves as a reminder that one's faith can not only thrive during the most extreme of conditions, it can serve as an inspiration to other people as well. It is, therefore, appropriate that he receive this nation's highest military honor.
I should also mention that, as a Catholic priest, Father Kapaun has been declared a Servant of God by the Catholic Church. This is the first step in the process towards sainthood.
It is my pleasure to share Father Kapaun's story as part of my Friday Focus series.