May 29, 2006

Remember Father Capodanno (MOH) on Memorial Day

Tomorrow, May 30, is the real Memorial Day, but today is the federal observance of it, so here is a Memorial Day post about a Catholic chaplain who gave his life for his U.S. Marines in the Vietnam War and has just been named a Servant of God, the first step toward canonization.

He is Father Vincent R. Capodanno, and he was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for, as the saying goes, "rushing to the sound of the guns" and then disregarding Communist mortar and machine gun fire to minister to his wounded and dying Marines. Already wounded and having lost part of his right hand, Father Capodanno rushed to a wounded Marine only 15 yards in front of a machine gun and was hit with 27 rounds.

You should see the tributes to Father from his surviving Marines (click on this post's title).

Father Daniel Mode's fine book, The Grunt Padre, is about Father Capodanno.

Another Vietnam War chaplain, Father Charles Litecky, also was awarded the Medal of Honor. Sadly, he later left the priesthood, "surrendered" his MOH and became a leftist activist. Still, we honor his battlefield valor and we can keep him in our prayers.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info on Fr. Capodanno. He was the very best of the fine priests we have had serving in the Navy Chaplain Corps.


8:03 AM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Reverend and Dear FrMichael,

You are most welcome, and thank you for your comments about Father Capodanno. God bless.

11:04 PM  
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CROCA Activity Schedule for June 14-17 Bishops’ Meeting
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Wednesday June 14, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Demonstration outside Hotel

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All day Thursday and the first 30 minutes Friday will be public
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12:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have read about Mr. Liteky; I understood that he is laicized and a practicing Catholic.

1:23 PM  

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