Father Kapaun timeline

12/06/2009 12:00 AM

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April 20, 1916 — Emil Joseph Kapaun is born in Pilsen

June 9, 1940 — Ordained a priest at what is now Newman University

June 20, 1940 — Celebrates his first Mass at St. John Nepomucene in Pilsen

1943 — Appointed auxiliary chaplain at the Army air base in Herington

November 1943 — Named pastor of St. John Nepomucene parish

August 1944 — Enters the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps

March 1945-May 1946 — Serves in India and Burma

Jan. 3, 1946 — Earns promotion to captain

July 1946 — Leaves the chaplain service

October 1946 — Does graduate work at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

1948 — Rejoins the Army's chaplain service

December 1949 — Makes final visit home to Pilsen

July 1950 — Ordered to Korea from Japan, a month after North Korea invades South Korea

Aug. 2, 1950 — Earns Bronze Star for heroism in action

November 1950 — Captured near Unsan, North Korea

May 23, 1951 — Dies in a prison camp in Pyoktong, North Korea

Aug. 18, 1951 — Posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions at Unsan

1993 — Named Servant of God by the Roman Catholic Church, the first step toward possible canonization

Oct. 1, 2009 — Recommended for the Medal of Honor

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