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Fr. Kapaun was born in Kansas, to a farming family. He was ordained a priest in 1940, and entered the U.S. Army Chaplain Corp. in 1944, serving soldiers during WWII and the Korean war in 1950. Known as a legend for his care of the wounded, valor and steadfast faith, Fr. Kapaun was the recipient of the Bronze Star, the Distinguished Service Cross, and posthumously, the Medal of Honor. Fr. Kapaun died in a Korean POW camp in 1951.