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Legislation introduced to award Medal of Honor to Father Kapaun

Posted Thursday, Apr. 11, 2013

By Roy Wenzl

Wichita Eagle

WICHITA — Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran introduced a bill today to award Father Emil Kapaun, a Kansas war hero, the Medal of Honor for acts of valor in the Korean War.

Rep. Mike Pompeo, R- Wichita, introduced a companion bill in the House of Representatives.

"Father Kapaun was by all accounts an American hero," Roberts said in a statement. "Taken prisoner at the Battle of Unsan, Father Kapaun served his soldiers by escaping to steal food from nearby farms to bring back to starving prisoners. He cared for sick soldiers, washed them, shared his food with them, and inspired them with his unfailing faith and acts of generosity until his death as a prisoner in May 1951.

"His selfless actions are certainly deserving of the Medal of Honor."

Kapaun was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions in Korea. In 2009, former Congressman Todd Tiahrt called for a review of Kapaun's record.

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