Father Emil Kapaun: My Unsung Hero

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The person I chose as my unsung hero is Chaplain Father Emil Kapaun, because he gave his life serving the soldiers in the Korean War and even while being held prisoner he continued serving the soldiers and encouraging them in captivity. He qualifies as an unsung hero because he always put his life at risk to help others that were wounded, to retrieve them, to give them their last rites, not minding the fact that he could be shot dead at any time. He also risked his life many times in prisoner war camp to help his friends who were hungry, sick, or needed spiritual needs while suffering in this prison. Until he himself was ill and could no longer walk. Father Emil Kapaun was a selfless person who dedicated his life to his soldiers. Father Emil Kapaun was born in Kansas to a poor but faithful Catholic family. He was ordained a Catholic priest and enlisted in the Army to …show more content…
Witnesses that were prisoners with him testify that the Commanders saw him as a threat. They are not sure if it was because of he was great soldier and resisted their brainwashing and urged others to do so, or if it was because he resisted their doctrine and stood up for his God so much. One fellow prisoner testifies that at one point a commander threatened to kill them all if they resisted their anti-american doctrine. Father Kapodamo resisted and called him a “dumb son of a *****”, in front of everyone. However when Father Kapodamer gave an Easter service on a blown up church inside the prison camp, the commanders were outraged. Father Kapaum couldn’t walk anymore when he became Ill and his bloodclot worsened. The camp commanders had him sent to the death house where he was starved and died. It amazes me how he gave up his life until death. He was a great American soldier who sacrificed himself for his soldiers and he was a man of faith that defied his prison

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