Father Vincent Robert Capodanno was a US Navy chaplain killed in Vietnam in 1967 with his Marine search unit in Operation Swift. Outnumbered 2,500 to 500 Marines, he was killed protecting a corpsman who was administering first aid to a soldier.
Father Capodanno received the Congressional Medal of Honor, the Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts. Even though wounded, he refused to leave the battle area to assist his grunts. He was the most recognized and respected chaplain in that war; memorials and buildings throughout the world are named after him. This is a hero.
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Faith and Valor
Not exactly the way I recall it...
Vince is a saint.
Though the events are not exactly the way I recall them, they are close enough. Fr. Vince was my friend. We struggled with the same command idiocy.Lt. Col Hilgardner demanded his priest and doctor accompany him to the field. (Read his book "Highpockets" to learn why. For a hint his formulative years were significantly altered by priests and physicians and usually not to his liking). Fr, Vince motives were pure. This was not a "suicide by combat". Vince was at 1/5 the day before he died saying Mass. I will never forget that Mass. He left with a shirt of mine. His was dirty trying to get on a chopper going to Operation Swift. Delta company had been ambushed. Bravo company went to help. Then it turned into a regimental expansion. Vince was fearless. Tried all afternoon to get on a chopper but they were taking only combatants. Ultimately they took him. I would not have gone where he went. God rest his soul.
Lt. J. E. Pilon, MD USNR (Ret)