WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Roger Marshall’s (R-Kan.) resolution honoring the late Father Emil Kapaun unanimously passed the Senate.
“Father Kapaun is an American hero whose selfless actions inspired his fellow soldiers and continues to inspire generations of Kansans today,” said Sen. Moran. “In 2011, I introduced legislation to bestow Father Kapaun with the Medal of Honor, and I am pleased to sponsor this resolution today to further recognize him for his tremendous service to our country.”
“As a Kansan and fellow veteran I know well the honorable work Father Kapaun did for our troops and our great nation. I am honored that my first resolution as a U.S. Senator honors Father Kapaun and I thank my colleagues for their full support,” said Sen. Marshall. “Father Kapaun truly is a national hero and I am relieved to hear that his remains were finally returned home.”
View the resolution text here.
Items to Note:
- On March 5, Sen. Moran announced the remains of Father Kapuan had been identified by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
- In 2011, Sen. Moran introduced legislation to honor to award the Medal of Honor posthumously to Father Kapaun as one of the first pieces of legislation he introduced as a U.S. Senator. In December 2011, it was passed by the Senate and shortly after Sen. Moran paid tribute to Father Kapaun on the Senate floor.
- On April 11, 2013, the Medal of Honor was presented to Father Kapaun’s nephew and attending family at a White House Ceremony.
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