Father Emil Kapaun Remains Headed to Wichita – September 21, 2021

Father Emil Kapaun was awarded the Medal of Honor during the Korean War. He died in a POW camp in North Korea. Earlier this year, DNA was able to positively identify his remains. He had been buried in an unmarked grave in the Punchbowl.in Honolulu. Back in March 2021, he was identified. He will be entombed in the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Wichita on September 29, 2021. Here’s the blurb from the newsletter – https://www.catholicnews.com/diocese-of-wichita-kansas-set-to-welcome-home-remains-of-father-kapaun/. Longer article. I remember seeing he was identified earlier this year.

By:  Christopher Riggs September 15, 2021

WICHITA, Kan. (CNS) — The flag-draped casket was empty during a memorial Mass in Wichita for Father Emil J. Kapaun July 29, 1953.

The casket at Father Kapaun’s funeral Mass Sept. 29, won’t be vacant. He is coming home.

The memorial Mass in 1953 in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception was celebrated a little over two weeks after word of Father Kapaun’s death reached Bishop Mark K. Carroll July 12, 1953. He was notified the U.S. Army chaplain had died in a North Korean prisoner of war camp May 23, 1951.

Seventy years after his death, a U.S. government forensics team in Hawaii announced March 4 that it had identified his remains.


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