Members of the Kansas congressional
delegation are seeking federal legislation to award the Medal of
Honor to a Korean War chaplain from Kansas.
The award would go to Father Emil Kapaun (KAY'-puhn), an Army
captain and Roman Catholic priest from Pilsen who died in a
prisoner of war camp in May 1951.
In 2009, the secretary of the Army recommended that Kapaun
receive the Medal of Honor for his service and sacrifice.
U.S. Reps. Mike Pompeo, Lynn Jenkins and Tim Huelskamp, all
Kansas Republicans, along with Republican Sens. Pat Roberts and
Jerry Moran, have introduced measures authorizing President Barack
Obama to award the medal to Kapaun.
Catholic officials are also considering declaring Kapaun a