[Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part series on World War II and Korean War chaplain Capt. Emil Kapaun, who will posthumously receive the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony, April 11, 2013.] Pilsen is a small farm community in Marion County, Kansas. Populated with families of primarily Czech and German decent, the heart of the community is a 98-year-old Catholic church. The church, which sits just around the corner from an old, abandoned gas station, is well preserved, it’s stained glass windows still glowing bright. The people in Pilsen are dedicated to their church, not simply because of their faith, but also because of a Soldier-priest who called the church and the town his home.
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...let us avoid burdening the women and men of the Armed Services who already shoulder the burden of carrying out American foreign policy. This chaplain has come to discover that few people appreciate peace more than those who have to defend it far from home and in a strange land.
-- Friar Santo Cricchio
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