The good, bad, ugly, heroic, and regrettable stories that make up the legacy of the American Military.
Father Kapuan's Body Found! - Scott Carter Kapauns Guild
Scott Carter works for the Wichita Catholic Diocese in Wichita Ks. There they have an organization specifically tasked with advocating for the sainthood of Father Kapaun. His team has done tons of research into the life of Kapaun, his military service, and even the miracles attributed to him. That research was sent to the Vatican where it will be reviewed by Cardinals in order to determine whether or not Kapuan will be considered a saint. Scot recaps the story of Fr. Kapaun and gives us important updates regarding the whereabouts of Kapaun's body! If you like the show, please support at patreon.com/patriotradio
The Life of US Army Chaplain Emil Kapaun - Korean War POW and Candidate for Sainthood
Emil Kapaun was a Catholic priest and U.S. Army Chaplain born in the small Czech farming community of Pilsen, Kansas on April 20, 1916. Growing up he was much like any other hardworking farm boy, but was especially mindful of God and others. Four years after his ordination as a priest of the Diocese of Wichita, he entered the Chaplain Corps to serve the troops in World War II and was sent to the Burma-India theater. After the war he went back to parish life, but re-entered the Chaplain Corps in 1948, serving first at Ft. Bliss, Texas. At the beginning of 1950 he was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division in Japan.
In July of 1950 Chaplain Kapaun and the 8th Cavalry Regiment of the Army’s 1st Cavalry Division were among the first troops sent to help defend nearby South Korea after its invasion by the North. Chaplain Kapaun quickly gained a reputation for bravery by ministering to soldiers in the thick of battle, often having to be reminded to keep his head down from oncoming bullets.
Eventually pushing its way into North Korea, the 8th Cav was ambushed by a large Chinese Army that had secretly entered the war. Here, at the Battle of Unsan on November 2, Kapaun once again braved the battlefield to rescue men or give them Last Rites. He showed his dedication to his "boys" by choosing to remain with a number of wounded men rather than escape. Captured by the enemy, this group was forced to march over 60 miles to a prison camp along the Chinese border in the bitter cold. Along the way, Father Kapaun carried his wounded comrades and encouraged them to do likewise. For his actions at the Battle of Unsan, Kapaun was awarded the military’s highest award, the Medal of Honor, in 2013.
In his seven months in the prison camp, Father Kapaun spent himself in heroic service to his fellow prisoners without regard for race, color, or creed, giving them help and hope when they needed it most. Ignoring his own ill health, he nursed the sick and wounded, stole food for the hungry, picked lice off of men, washed dirty and soiled clothing, and encouraged men through prayer and humor to keep fighting for life. Falling sick, the Chinese moved Father Kapaun to a so-called hospital, where, denied medical assistance, his death soon followed on May 23, 1951.
Two years later the surviving Prisoners of War were released, and with them came a beautiful crucifix carved in the camp by a Jewish POW who was inspired by tales of Father Kapaun's deeds. The Prisoners testified to Father Kapaun's role in their survival and began to tell the world about their heroic and saintly chaplain. This is a role that the Father Kapaun Guild seeks to carry on as we pray and work for his Canonization as a saint in the Catholic Church. We ask you to join us in prayer and in sharing Father Kapaun’s story with the rest of the world.
Ron Parsons - Johnston Island Veteran Pt. 4
Ron spent time on the Island and like so many others, has serious health issues. He tells us his story and helps us better understand the relationship between time on Johnston Island, and service connected disabilities.
Johnston Island Pt. 3 - John West Lt. Col. USAF
John was on Johnston Island during the time when nuclear activity was happening. He is very knowledgeable about the history of the island and its effects on people's health.
Johnston Island Pt. 2 Interview with Frank F
Frank served on Johnston Island and is here to give us his testimony.
Nuclear Fallout and Agent Orange Spills at Johnston Island
Johnston Island is a tiny spot of sand 750 miles West of Hawaii. It has a long history of hosting military testing and was critical for the development of ballistic missiles. There were at least three major accidents which left radioactive nuclear material all over the island. And if that were not enough, after the Vietnam war, ALL the Agent Orange was sent to this island for storage and eventually destruction. There have been numerous cases of rare cancers associated with military service on this island, and I have interviewed many of them. Stay tuned for their interviews following this narration of the history of Johnston Island.