Kapaun awarded Medal of Honor

President Barack Obama holds Chaplain (Captain) Emil Kapaun's Easter stole in the Oval Office during a greet with Kapaun's family in the Oval Office, April 11, 2013. The President and First Lady Michelle Obama met with members of Chaplain Kapaun's family before awarding him the Medal of Honor posthumously during a ceremony in the East Room. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Congressional Medal of Honor was awarded on April 11, 2013 to Fr. Emil Kapaun’s family in recognition of the heroism he displayed during his service in the Korean War.

Since 2009, the Kansas Congressional delegation has worked to award the Medal of Honor to Fr. Kapaun. U.S. Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran were in attendance.

“No one is more deserving of the Medal of Honor than Father Kapaun. His story of self-sacrifice is legendary, and he has inspired many with his unshakable faith and relentless courage. This honor is long overdue and we are pleased that Father Kapaun’s countless acts of heroism with finally be recognized with this distinguished award.”

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