Kansas Delegation Seeks Medal For Late Priest

By: AP, Posted by Chris Fisher
By: AP, Posted by Chris Fisher

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas congressional delegation is making its case to President Barack Obama that a Roman Catholic priest deserves a Medal of Honor for his heroism during the Korean War.

A letter from delegation describes how the Rev. Emil Kapaun pulled wounded soldiers to safety and attended to their injuries while serving as an Army chaplain. Before dying in a prison camp in May 1951, he stole food from nearby farms to bring back to starving prisoners.

The letter described Kapaun's service as ``selfless and heroic.''

Kapaun was from the Kansas town of Pilsen. He has been classified a Servant of God by the Vatican, the first step in the process to sainthood.

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