We all had a part to play in this hell hole.

Incredible story of faith, duty, and bravery! MOH
A Giant of a man Marine Lt. Father Vincent Capodanno recipient of The Medal of Honor.
Father Vincent Capodanno is presently a candidate for sainthood whose cause, initiated by the Archdiocese for Military Services, is now being considered in Rome. He was a United States Navy chaplain, served with the Marines in Vietnam, and was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Father Capodanno was ordained with the Maryknoll Missionaries however he felt a different calling – a call to serve the increasing number of Marines being sent to Vietnam. As a result, Father Capodanno was released from the Foreign Mission Society, attended Officer Candidate School and Marine basic training, and arrived in Vietnam during Holy Week 1966. From the very first, Father Capodanno devoted his time to the “grunts,” the enlisted Marines who were in the thick of the fighting.
Father Capodanno lived among his Marines, who, at his last post, were spread out over 25 square miles of hostile territory. He squeezed into helicopters heading to combat, moved among the Marines talking, reassuring, celebrating the Mass, hearing confessions, giving absolution and last rites, and cadging cigarettes.
His division chaplain, John Keeley, said that “He just wanted to be with the grunts. He was more a Marine than anything else.” He loved his men and they loved him. After his first year in Vietnam ended, he extended his tour of duty to remain with them.
The word went out that “we have to protect our Padre” because Father Capodanno would dash to the aid of any Marine who needed him, no matter what the risk.
On his final day in combat, 4 September 1967, Father Capodanno found a place on the last helicopter taking a company of Marines to an outpost where 500 Marines faced 2,500 North Vietnam Army regulars. His company commander did not even know he was there, as he headed straight toward the sound of guns with his Marines.
The citation for Father Capodanno’s Congressional Medal of Honor describes what happened that day:
“In response to reports that the 2d Platoon of M Company [3rd Battalion, 5th Marines] 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 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.”
Father Capodanno’s last remembered words, “Do Not be Afraid…”. God Bless Father Capodanno!
The Giant Killer book & page honors these incredible war heroes making sure their stories of valor and sacrifice are never forgotten. God Bless our Vets!🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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