Emil Kapaun
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US Army chaplain Emil Kapaun gets Medal of Honor

US President Barack Obama has posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest US military decoration, on a US Army chaplain who saved the lives of fellow soldiers before perishing in a North Korean prison camp.

At a ceremony at the White House, President Obama said Father Emil Kapaun did not fire a gun, but "wielded the mightiest weapon of all, a love for his brothers".

After contracting dysentery and pneumonia, and after months in near-freezing and starving conditions, Kapaun died in late May 1951 at the age of 35.

The BBC's Paul Adams reports.

  • 11 Apr 2013
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