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By William L. Maher.

A well-documented biography of an extraordinary American, Fr. Emil Kapaun, who was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and named a "Servant of God" by the Vatican. "Try to escape," the wounded American soldiers warned their chaplain, Fr. Kapaun. However, he refused to leave his comrades and became a POW. His decision marked a turning point in the inspiring life of this young Kansas-born priest.

Fr. Kapaun's faith and courage on the battlefield and in a North Korean prison set an example for hundreds of young American captives. When they were starving, he "stole" food for them. If the men needed encouragement, he defied prison rules and prayed with them. When the communist guards mocked his faith in God, the chaplain publicly defended his beliefs. When Fr. Kapaun became sick, the communists denied him medicine and watched him die in their vermin-infested "hospital." However, they could not extinguish the memories of how he served other prisoners.

"In the more than 250-year history of the army's Corps of Chaplains, few...have deserved a biography more than Emil Kapaun." -The Catholic Historical Review

"Tells the story of Emil's life with special emphasis on his cheerful, courageous, heroic service on the battlefield and in prison." -Theology Digest

189pp, softcover, index.

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