Statements from the Kansas congressional delegation
Over the past 60 years, Father Kapauns fellow POWs never forgot his sacrifice and heroism, and they pushed tirelessly for this Medal of Honor. They learned from him that the gifts he gave compassion, love, mercy were precisely the answer to the war theyd been fighting.
War is not a place created by good men, but sometimes, thank God, good men find themselves at war. And when they do, such good men keep in mind the humanity that brought them there. So it follows that Father Kapaun, a very good man, became a hero.
U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo
On a perfect spring day in our nations capital, it was an honor and a privilege to gather with the fellow soldiers and family of Father Emil Kapaun to recognize his sacrifice and service to our nation, to his faith and to those that served with him and were witness to his acts of grace, civility and courage under the most difficult of circumstances.
I am thankful for the veterans that fought for this recognition after all of these years. Father Kapauns bravery and inspiration lives on in the hearts and minds of Kansans and now will forever have a place of honor in the history of our nation. May God bless Father Kapaun.
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts
All residents of the big First District of Kansas are especially proud that one of our own, Father Emil Kapaun of Pilsen, earned the congressional Medal of Honor. Father Kapauns extraordinary heroism, devotion to his Catholic faith and selflessness are an inspiration to me and countless others.
U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp
Father Kapauns example of faith, self-sacrifice and commitment to his fellow man should serve as an example for all of us. He was an outstanding priest, soldier and humanitarian, and todays award is long overdue for a man who clearly exemplified the true meaning of heroism.
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins