Celebrating the legacy of Father Capodanno

Sep 22, 2022 100

On Sept. 4th, 1967, Father Vincent Capodanno, a Navy Lt. and chaplain, was dying. After an extension request to the jungles of Vietnam, the catholic priest, attached to the 5th Marine Regiment’s 3rd Battalion, was caught in a firefight.

He embraced the chaos – running headfirst into gunfire and exploding mortar rounds, shredding his legs and part of his hand as he administered first aid and the sacrament of last rites to several wounded and dead Marines. He continued on, and the last Marine he aided later recalled his words: “Stay quiet Marine. You will be ok. Someone will be here to help you soon. God is with us all this day.”

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SOURCE: https://www.navy.mil

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