Thursday, November 10, 2005

Pater Vincent Capodanno, Ora Pro Nobis
Finally, A Patron Saint for the Marine Corps?

How fitting that this particular date is November 10th, the birthday of our beloved Corps.


Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Lieutenant. U.S. Navy. Chaplain Corps. 3d Battalion, 5th (Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein). FMF
Place and date: Quang Tin Province, Republic of Vietnam, 4 September 1967
Entered service at: Staten Island, New York
Born: 13 February 1929, Staten Island, New York

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Chaplain of the 3d Battalion, in connection with operations against enemy forces. In response to reports that the 2d Platoon of M Company was in danger of being overrun by a massed enemy assaulting force, Lt. Capodanno left the relative safety of the company command post and ran through an open area raked with fire, directly to the beleaguered platoon. Disregarding the intense enemy small-arms, automatic-weapons, and mortar fire, he moved about the battlefield administering last rites to the dying and giving medical aid to the wounded. When an exploding mortar round inflicted painful multiple wounds to his arms and legs, and severed a portion of his right hand, he steadfastly refused all medical aid. Instead, he directed the corpsmen to help their wounded comrades, and, with calm vigor, continued to move about the battlefield as he provided encouragement by voice and example to the valiant Marines. Upon encountering a wounded corpsman in the direct line of fire of an enemy machine gunner positioned approximately 15 yards away, Lt. Capodanno rushed in a daring attempt to aid and assist the mortally wounded corpsman. At that instant, only inches from his goal, he was struck down by a burst of machine gun fire. By his heroic conduct on the battlefield, and his inspiring example, Lt. Capodanno upheld the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the cause of freedom.


Blogger JoeD said...

Having served a short stint in the military and as a licensed PI for nearly 30 years, I appreciate gallant accounts such as this. This kind of stuff Hollywood could never dream up. And stories such as this often never see the light of day (Mel Gibson are you listening?)

4:46 PM  
Blogger Kevin Whiteman said...

Ahhhh, Joe... if only Mel Gibson paid attention to us!!

But your right. Wouldn't the life of Fr Capodanno be a GREAT flick?

5:47 PM  
Blogger WI Catholic said...

I, too, had thought about Mel Gibson doing this story several years ago. I pray that he does someday (or someone equally as good). I could even picture Jim Caviezel starring...

4:16 PM  
Blogger Helen said...

If Mel Gibson won't do Rev. Capodanno's story maybe Emilio Estevez will. Stranger things have happened ;-)

3:31 PM  

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