Servant of God Emil Kapaun
A report that "the chaplain's fellow inmates are the real promoters of his sainthood" — Prison mates promote cause of heroic Korean War priest. A brief haiography:
- In November of 1950, Fr. Kapaun met up with soldiers besieged by Korean troops at the Battle of Unsan. The Army chaplain chose to stay with the wounded and was imprisoned at a concentration camp near Pyoktong, North Korea, where he was tortured.
For six months he ministered to other prisoners, often giving others his own food rations, and was subjected to forced labor. He celebrated baptisms, heard confessions, offered the Mass and administered last rites. The priest eventually developed a blood clot in his leg and fell ill with dysentery and pneumonia.
According to the testimony of his prison mates, he died in prison on May 23, 1951 and was buried in a common grave near the Yalu River.