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Military chaplain being considered for medal of honor and sainthood

He is the subject of a documentary called “The Miracle of Father Kapaun”. It follows the life of this Catholic martyr, with interviews from many of the men who served alongside the chaplain in the war. They tell how he refused to leave injured soldiers which led to his capture and eventual death in a prison camp.Through many personal letters written to his family, one is given an idea of what it was like to serve as a clergyman on the battlefield. In the last letter he is believed to ever have written he notes that “we do have a few laughs in spite of the evils of war”. The Vatican is now looking at possibly beatifying Kapaun, while the Pentagon may award him the country?s highest military honor: the medal of honor. AERR--PN