4.5" x 6.0" Greeting Card
Front Watercolor Image: Fr. Emil Kapaun
Father Emil Kapaun was born and raised on the farmlands of Kansas. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1940 and served as an army chaplain during the latter half of WWII. In 1950, when North Korea invaded their southern neighbors, he was deployed with the First Cavalry Division and quickly became known for his acts of selflessness and courage. In November of the same year, during the Battle of Unsan, Fr. Kapaun was credited with rescuing 30 wounded men and administering Last Rites to many others on the battlefield. When it became clear that the battle had been lost, he had a chance to escape to safety but chose to remain with the wounded. During his subsequent capture and march to the prisoner of war camp, he saved a fellow soldier from execution and aided many others. In the camp, he frequently stole food and supplies from the guards to sustain the prisoners and became renown for providing both spiritual and physical care for any who needed him. Seven months after his capture, Father Kapaun became ill with pneumonia and a blood clot in his right leg, he was denied medical assistance and died on May 23, 1951. Two years later, his fellow soldiers were released and brought home with them the story of his heroic charity and courage. On April 11, 2013 Father Kapaun was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. He was named a Servant of God in 1993; the happy cause for his canonization is ongoing.