Analyst: Kapaun’s remains could be in US cemetery

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)
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)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A senior Pentagon analyst thinks there’s a chance Kansas native Emil Kapaun’s remains eventually will be among those of other missing Korean War troops buried in a national cemetery in Hawaii.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/16pbgZL) Father Kapaun was an Army chaplain who is believed to have died of starvation and disease in a North Korean prison camp in 1951. He was awarded the Medal of Honor in April and the Catholic Church is deciding whether the Marion County native will become a saint.

Pentagon analyst Philip O’Brien is an authority on Korean War soldiers missing in action, and he thinks Kapaun’s remains were buried in 1954 in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, a cemetery in Hawaii better known as the “Punchbowl.”

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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