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Tribute to priests who were awarded Medal of Honor

November 06, 2013

In a recent blog post, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ director of media relations paid tribute to the five priests who have been awarded the Medal of Honor since the Civil War.

The medal is the United States’ highest military honor.

Two – Father Emil Kapaun and Father Vincent Capodanno – are being considered for beatification. A third, “Father Joseph O’Callahan, a Jesuit priest and Navy chaplain in World War II, ministered to injured sailors on a ship hit by two bombs,” Sister Mary Ann Walsh wrote. “He worked to jettison bombs close to exploding and led a group on a dangerous mission to water down other ammunition hot enough to explode. The Navy named the USS O’Callahan after him.”

Two others, Father Charles Watters and Father Angelo Liteky, served in Vietnam; the latter left the priesthood and renounced his medal.


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