(Wichita, Kan.) — Early pictures of Father Emil Kapaun show life near his family's Pilsen farm. He would grow up to become a hero... and hopeful saint... for many, including Father John Hotze. Father Hotze took part in the effort in getting Father Kapaun's latest honor.
"It shows that his recognition goes beyond just the Catholic Church,” Father Hotze said.
In the White House announcement, it explains Father Kapaun will receive the Medal of Honor for his "extraordinary heroism" while serving as an army chaplain during the Korean War.
"It talks about him willingly staying behind with the wounded prisoners, knowing full well that they would be captured and knowing full well many of the wounded prisoners were just going to be killed because of their inability to march through the prison camps,” Father Hotze said.
Father Hotze says the fight to get Father Kapaun the Medal of Honor started in 1953, with his fellow prisoners of war.