April 10th, 2013
10:38 PM ET

Soldier priest receives ultimate medal

By Larry Shaughnessy, CNN Pentagon Producer

Washington (CNN)–Capt. Emil Kapaun served in the U.S. Army in World War II and Korea, but he didn't carry a rifle and never fired a shot. His weapons were a Bible and his faith.

He was also Father Kapaun, a Roman Catholic chaplain who received the Medal of Honor on Thursday, 60 years after his death while a North Korean prisoner. The medal is the highest award for valor in the U.S. military.

President Barack Obama, in a White House ceremony, recounted Kapaun's efforts, at risk of his own life, to help wounded and captured troops.

"This is an amazing story," said Obama. "Father Kapaun has been called a shepherd in combat boots. His fellow soldiers who felt his grace and his mercy called him a saint, a blessing from God."

In June 1950, Kapaun was ordered to Korea as the war was in its earliest stages.

Supporting the soldiers of the 8th Infantry Regiment, Kapaun found himself in the heavily contested Pusan perimeter. Army documents supporting his nomination for the medal say he would bike from position to position so he could minister to soldiers, hearing confessions, performing last rites or administering Holy Communion.

Army photos from the war show he often celebrated Mass using the hood of a Jeep as an altar.

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Three months after arriving in Korea, Kapaun was awarded the Bronze Star for valor for running through enemy fire to carry wounded soldiers to safety.

In November 1950, his unit went on the move. But Kapaun stayed behind to minister to the wounded soldiers, knowing he was putting himself in danger of capture by the enemy, said his nephew, Ray Kapaun, who represented the family at Thursday's ceremony.

President Barack Obama holds Chaplain (Captain) Emil Kapaun's Easter stole in the Oval Office during a greet with Kapaun's family in the Oval Office, April 11, 2013.

Father Kapaun came to the aid of a wounded American soldier after U.S. troops surrendered in a battle.

"An enemy soldier was standing over (the soldier), rifle aimed at his head ready to shoot," said Obama. "And Father Kapaun marched over and pushed the enemy soldier aside. And then as the soldier watched stunned, Father Kapaun carried that wounded American away. "

The chaplain carried the GI four miles on a death march.

North Korean and Chinese troops marched Kapaun and the other captured troops nearly 100 miles north in the bitter winter weather. When Chinese soldiers tried to kill wounded POWs who were slowing the march, Kapaun risked his own life to stop them, and then persuaded unwounded POWs to help the wounded, according to his nephew.

Kapaun was imprisoned with 200 other soldiers at a camp near Pyoktong, North Korea. While there, he would sneak through the camp ministering to other prisoners.

"He would come around, saying, 'Hot coffee,' and give hot water to all of us," said Mike Dowe, a fellow prisoner at Pyoktong. "That may not sound like much today but it sure meant a lot under those circumstances."

To keep his fellow POWs from starving, Kapaun would break out of the camp at night, steal food and sneak back in to give it to those who needed it the most, his nephew said.

That earned him the nickname "The Good Thief" from the other POWs.

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Eventually, the people who ran the camp took action to move him to a nearby hospital. Whether it was for treatment for an injured leg or to remove his influence over the prisoners will never be known, but Dowe and others tried to stop the North Koreans from taking him away.

"The Koreans came and they said that they have to take him to the hospital and the hospital, you can ask all the guys, I mean the hospital was a death house, it was where you go and you never come back, and everybody knew that," Dowe said. "All the guys tried to stop (them) from taking him there, even at one point a fight broke out."

Kapaun was taken away in the end. He died May 23, 1951, and his body was buried in a mass grave, where it remains.

After the war ended, a group of POWs emerged with a wooden crucifix nearly 4 feet tall.

"They had spent months on it, secretly collecting firewood, carving it - the cross and the body - using radio wire for a crown of thorns," said Obama. "It was a tribute to their friend, their chaplain, their fellow prisoner who had touched their souls and saved their lives, Father Emil Kapaun."

Kapaun was born and raised in Pilsen, Kansas. After high school, he attended Conception Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in Missouri.

After the abbey, he studied for the priesthood at Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis. Kapaun was ordained in 1940 and that same year became a U.S. Army chaplain.

After serving at several posts in the United States and India, he left the Army and went to the Catholic University of America in Washington to earn a master's degree in education. After getting the degree in 1948, he returned to the Army.

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The Vatican named Kapaun a servant of God in 1993, an early step that could lead to canonization.

For now, his nephew said, the family just wants his remains returned from North Korea.

Obama told the White House audience that Kapaun provided an example for people in uniform and not.

"Father Kapaun's life, I think, is a testimony to his human spirit, the power of faith, and reminds us of the good that we can do each and every day regardless of the most difficult of circumstances," said the president.

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soundoff (566 Responses)
  1. Anon

    More religious propaganda for the delusional sheep.

    April 11, 2013 at 7:40 pm |
    • HenryB

      You are really sad. I feel sorry for you and your obvious distress.

      April 11, 2013 at 7:53 pm |
    • I Am God

      I don't care if he was religious or not. What he did deserves the Medal of Honor.

      April 11, 2013 at 8:40 pm |
  2. benetbennett

    Any coincidence this was awarded to a good religious man killed by evil North Koreans, while good religious men and women are currently being primed to kill evil North Koreans?

    Shameful to use this guy's name now, after 60 years, to help beat the war drums.

    April 11, 2013 at 7:16 pm |
    • Mrs. Pepperpot

      I don't suppose you have any clue as to how long the paperwork takes for a MoH, do you?

      Nope. Didn't think you did.

      Do you have any idea how long it takes Congress to vote on ANYTHING, let alone something as not earth-shatteringly important as a MoH?

      Nope. Didn't think you did.

      April 11, 2013 at 7:29 pm |
    • EX catholic

      The Military Will ALWAYS be use for Political Purposes, it is Intrinsically a part of the Military's own Existence. It was in the Past, it is in the Present and Will ALWAYS be in the Future. Nothing New Under the Sun!

      April 11, 2013 at 11:36 pm |
  3. r.l

    would any of respondents acted same way. Give priest credit for his martyrdom, and pray none of you may have to make same decisions, Does four ministers on sinking ship, giving up their life jackets
    no, don't think so, because most today think people like them have an issue detractors can;'t handle!!! enough allready

    April 11, 2013 at 7:15 pm |
  4. scranton

    That's right! This hero was a proud Christian.

    April 11, 2013 at 7:05 pm |
  5. Forist

    Religion aside. This man gave of himself for the benefit of others. He placed his own life and well being at risk so that others might live and survive the horrors of war and enprisonment. That in itself deserves recognitionfor it goes beyond the call of duty. As a veteran of the Vietnam era I can attest to courage, and selfless acts of Chaplains. To debase one is to debase all for they are the most caring of the caring, they extend their hand to the dieing, the wounded, the scared, and they ask for nothing.

    April 11, 2013 at 6:46 pm |
  6. jimoleary16

    Mr. De Muth, as a Catholic and as a pacifist, I share your views. But I am haunted by the words of another great chaplain, Fr. Pat Hessian. When we pacifists were nagging him not to go back to Vietnam, he said,, "But you guys! That's where our "kids" are." I lost "kids" in both Vietnam and Korea, kids who were wonderful in every way: generous, gentle, loving. But the militarists and nationalists among us sent them off to die. Most chaplains I know and knew from all denominations hate war as much as you do but they think they need to be with their "kids."

    April 11, 2013 at 6:32 pm |
    • HenryB

      Thank you!

      April 11, 2013 at 7:54 pm |
  7. EX catholic

    I don't mean disrespect or to be insensitive, but I'm bound by the Truth above all things. I'm a Veteran myself, but there is a Higher Truth and that Truth is that IDOLATRY is a Very Serious and Grave SIN. IDOLATRY IS NOT A RELIGION.

    April 11, 2013 at 5:29 pm |
    • Dave

      Good to know you have your priorities straight, EX. Now, by all means, please go play in traffic.

      April 11, 2013 at 5:32 pm |
    • EX catholic

      @ Dave,

      I have a God given right to my opinion, that even men of Reason and Reasonable men will acknowledge and understand unlike you. The Best thing of all is that there is absolutely NOTHING you and those of your kind can do about it. 😉

      April 11, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
    • Alex(Never a Catholic)

      @EX Catholic-While you may not have meant to be disrespectful or insensitive, you were. We must remember to be as wise as a serpent and as innocent as a dove. What happened to disagreeing without being disagreeable? This priest lived the message of Christ and sacrificed his life for others. Would you be willing to run across a battlefield to pick up an injured soldier and carry him back to safety? Or risk your life to steal food whilst in a POW camp? I'll answer the question for you because I know the statics on this one...."No." Catholics are still Christians no matter what you think. They're the original Christians. Show some respect.

      April 11, 2013 at 5:57 pm |
    • sam

      Meh, no one cares, you holier-than-thou snot.

      April 11, 2013 at 6:03 pm |
    • Ajax

      Don't be ridiculous. Of course idolatry is a religious form. Just as valid as your own. The fact that your religion doesn't allow for idolatry simply demonstrates exactly what is wrong with organized religions and demonstrates the intolerance of most religions.

      April 11, 2013 at 6:58 pm |
    • Forist

      This has nothing to do with idolatry! No one is idolizing this man as if he were some god. He is being recognized post humousily for his bravery, his sense of caring, for his desire to do good for his fellow man. This isn't about a soldier who went into battle to kill but rather, he went into harms way to provide comfort to the injured and dieing. He chose to risk himself over and over again at the risk of being killed himself. He is being recognized not as a combatant but as a man who saw no difference in faith, color, rank. What he did was not driven by faith, militray service or rank. He did it because he felt that was his purpose. His objective was to make a difference. To make life better in any way he could – small or significant. THAT IS WHY HE IS REMEMBERED, HE MADE A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE'S LIVES. Now sit back and ponder on what you say you believe is idolatry and your purpose in life. I'm a veteran who was given hope and comfort by a Chaplain in my time of need. I never saw his face. Never knew his name. But I will always remember his words of encouragement and the firmness of hand as it held mine. '72 Vet.

      April 11, 2013 at 7:06 pm |
    • EX catholic

      @ Alex,

      See, unless you understand what a commitment to a Higher Truth is all about you will disagree with me. That Higher Truth which is Jesus Christ the ONLY Mediator between God and mankind is in Heaven.

      So sorry but NO, Roman Catholics are/were NOT the Original Christians. The First and Original were Israelites, Jews and converts to Judaism. The disciples or followers of THE WAY were called Christians (Not Catholics or Romans) for the FIRST time in the ancient city of Antioch in ancient Syria. For that reason Antioch of Syria NOT Rome, is known to some historians as the cradle of Christianity.

      Now as far as all of those good deeds the priest did, unless you have done the same, don't even try to use that against me. It looks Fallacious! Remember that the Christ by FAR did more than that, therefore He; Christ is the Savior of him the priest, of you and of me.

      Read the Bible; inform yourself, Know the Truth and the Truth (Christ) will set you Free!

      April 11, 2013 at 7:15 pm |
    • EX catholic

      @ Ajax,

      Your opinion against mine that's all your vitriol shows. From the Scriptures is Idolatry. That you see it as a form of "Religion" is just your opinion, nothing more, nothing else.

      April 11, 2013 at 7:22 pm |
    • the real Tom

      What the fvck is wrong with you? Why are you capitalizing random words? Is English a second language for you or are you just stupid?

      April 11, 2013 at 7:30 pm |
    • ..

      Oh, I doubt very much that you're a vet, EX. I doubt you're even Christian. What you're "bound" to do is troll the BB under your many different troll names, being as big of a dick as you can, and having massive orgasms at how many responses you get for your trolling nonsense. Fuck off.

      April 11, 2013 at 7:37 pm |
    • Anon

      Jesus is a myth, farce, hoax, etc and Christians are delusional.

      April 11, 2013 at 8:19 pm |
    • EX catholic

      @ the real fake Tommy,

      Whaaat! I'll CAPITALIZE As Many Times As I Want! NOW Lets See What Can You Do About That! Do Something Weirdo! Otherwise You Might As Well Do Like Judas Iscariot! Call CNN, Call the President, Call the Air Farce, Call the Army, Call the Navy, Call the Marinates, Call the Coastal Guardians, Call Border Patrol, Call ICE, Call the FBI, Call The Police, Call the UN, Call the Pope, Call THE Priest! See, There is Absolutely NOTHING YOU Poo Poo Can Do About it!

      I Will Capitalize Whenever And Wherever! Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo. I WILL CAPITALIZE HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE AND ALL TOMMY TUMMY CAN DO IS Boohooing! 😀 😛

      April 11, 2013 at 11:25 pm |
    • EX catholic

      A double dot (..) is nothing more than a dot twice, period.

      April 11, 2013 at 11:27 pm |
  8. Kissident

    I felt moved by this story. And inspite of that, i sobbed a little bit considering the state of our believe in God in recent times.
    Today we have aggressively taken God out of the nation's context, embracing other beliefs all in the name of fairness and rights.

    April 11, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
    • sam

      Gosh, he's still mentioned on the money, though. Surely that goes a long way with him?

      April 11, 2013 at 6:02 pm |
    • dbarak

      Apparently spelling and grammar have been taken out of your content.

      April 11, 2013 at 6:20 pm |
    • Akira

      That this man deserves this medal is without doubt.

      The rest of your post can be summed up with this phrase: separation of Church and State.
      This was *never* a Christian country; the FFs never intended it to be one.
      They were most wise.

      April 11, 2013 at 7:58 pm |
    • Anon

      And I hope the concept of the christian god is soon reduced to myth in a museum like it should have done centuries ago.

      April 11, 2013 at 8:22 pm |
  9. Lucifer's Evil Twin

    You know I don't like religion in general, but having served in the Army for 24 years, and I currently work for the AF as a consultant... I can say that military chaplains are not like other ministers of "faith." They generally are non-denominational and it doesn't matter to them what particular sect you follow... their mission is to provide counsel and comfort when sometimes there is no one else to listen, even if you are in combat and even if you are an athiest... they do not judge and they are generally the nicest people you will ever meet. . And I have never heard a single one of them ever encourage a soldier to kill anyone... Like I said, not like regular religious clerics...

    When one of my brothers falls in battle, I have never asked what religion he was... because it doesn't matter...

    In a world where duty, honor, country and selfless service is a foreign concept... Capt Kapaun embodied all of those.. all gave some – some gave all... -LET, MSG(R), U.S. Army

    April 11, 2013 at 3:58 pm |
    • john

      L.E.T. Thanks for your service and you good thoughts.

      April 11, 2013 at 4:05 pm |
    • sam

      Awesome. Thanks man!

      April 11, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
  10. William Demuth

    The Germans awarderd over a dozen Protestant and Catholic pastors for their contributions at Stalingrad.

    Christmas services were held each and every year for the guards at Aushwitz, and one year they were all given strudel!

    "Got Mit Uns" was indeed their cry, for Christ was regularly called called to help in the battle against the godless communists and Jews.

    It seems men of the cloth are usefull in convincing the young that God will forgive them if they murder for the State.

    Any God who travels with an Army is unworthy of worship, be it the Nazi version of Christ, or the American version.

    April 11, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
    • ryan

      Blah blah blah, shut up, you're missing the entire article with this anti war anti god crap.

      April 11, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
    • John D

      You are so naive.

      April 11, 2013 at 3:50 pm |
    • John T

      You know people like you make me sick, you are so quick to look for any kind of an excuse to attack Christianinty and people's beliefs. Reading your crap does however make me believe that the Church is wrong on some of it's positions, one is, in your case at least the anti-abortion view they hold.

      April 11, 2013 at 4:05 pm |
    • Shari

      You do not need to be Catholic or Christian or even religious to like this story. You just need to have a heart!

      April 11, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
    • franklovesfl

      William: What a horrible thing to say. You should be ashamed of yourself.

      April 11, 2013 at 6:12 pm |
    • Gumby

      Spot on, William.

      April 11, 2013 at 6:26 pm |
    • Red Dwarf

      You hit a nerve William, and yes you are absolutely correct. Just because they don't want to hear it doesn't make it any less true.

      April 11, 2013 at 6:34 pm |
    • Red Dwarf

      Who was worse, the Nazi soldier who helped lead millions of Jew's and non-believers to the ovens or the Catholic Nazi priest who also "didn't carry a rifle and never fired a shot" but told the young German men they were doing God's work and to throw their burdens and guilt on Jesus?

      I am in no way saying that America is like the Nazi's, I am saying that the religious cheerleaders on any side of any war who are condoning their soldiers violence have abandoned their faith.

      April 11, 2013 at 6:41 pm |
  11. centeredpiece

    An amazing man and one who richly deserved this honor. Hearing the president talk about his actions brought tears to my eyes.

    April 11, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
  12. ruben

    well done Father Kapaun....God bless....

    the american government should get his remains back home....in more than 60 years it hasn't been possible???.....

    I'm not close to saints, but I respect them. God willing Father Kapaun will be one of them some day. he was obviously a man of God!!!

    April 11, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Who encouraged boys to kill other boys whilst keeping his own hands clean?

      You have a strange morality.

      April 11, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
  13. Guggle

    I am not an outwardly "religious" man, but deeply spiritual. The President's presentation, while I question why it conveniently took until this particularly tense moment with the DPRK, to acknowledge this man's contributions, touched me very deeply and when the citation was officially read, I had an emotional reaction that could only be described as if Capt. Kapaun was watching it through me. I would like to think that he was watching it to share his joy and love.

    April 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm |
    • Guggle

      *correction* The Honorable Capt.Kapaun

      April 11, 2013 at 3:04 pm |
  14. L Kay

    It is good to see someone so deserving get recognized for his heroism and selflessness.
    His family should be very proud as I am sure they are.
    I tried to watch Obama presenting the medal a few minutes ago, but was disgusted when he turned the presentation into another of his "me, me, me" speeches. Within the first minute he started to talk about his own grandfather who served in the military and lumping him together with this hero. I have nothing against Obama's grandfather, but does Barack have to use every time he speaks as a political self promotion. This medal presentation should have been all about Kapuan. It is a moment his family and families of those he saved waited 60 years for and it is a shame to see this president once again use the situation to slip in "me, me, me" The campaigniing never stops!

    April 11, 2013 at 2:45 pm |
    • .

      You would have been better off just stopping at the first sentence. Now you look like a whiny Obama-hating tool with your idiot off-content post.

      April 11, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
    • danbrew


      April 11, 2013 at 3:02 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Still ticked off a brother is in the White House ain't ya!

      April 11, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
    • L Kay

      Wiiliam Demuth, why do you think the president being bi-racial is the only reason someone would criticize him?
      I was speaking about his speech today, and about his need to mention his grandfather who happens to be white.
      If you could see me, you would understand why I am never judge anyone by their race.

      April 11, 2013 at 4:04 pm |
    • sam

      L Kay...no one cares how obsessed you are with everything the President does. Comment on the article or buzz off.

      April 11, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
  15. Gomer

    Where are all the anti Christian trolls today? I am kind of missing them telling us how horrible Christians are.

    April 11, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
    • Gandolph The Lundren

      This has nothing to do with religion. It's about what one service member did for others and is finally being honored for it. Many service members have sacrificed themselves for their fellow service members regardless of what they believe. If you enjoy being trolled, I'm certain some would be willing to oblige. The fact that you're looking for it implies that you come here only to stir the pot.

      April 11, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      why? do you have sadomasochism disorder?

      April 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm |
    • veggiedude

      You are the horrible christian here. Happy now?

      April 11, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
  16. ART

    A true hero

    April 11, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
  17. Light of Pure Truth

    Do people have nothing better to do than find a way to complain about fine citizens such as this distinguished patriot? Is there no love of our great country anymore? I suspect many of these ungrateful heathens are the fornicators that are trying to redefine marriage to be something very unnatural and perverted and ruin our country that God has blessed with the pure light of Truth. They will all burn soon, as the mark has already been put upon the earth to lift the righteous up to Him. The end of NEAR!

    April 11, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
    • Gandolph The Lundren

      The "End of Near," you say? Imagine that.

      April 11, 2013 at 2:44 pm |
    • sam

      Oh boy, here we go again with the 'fornicators' nonsense.

      April 11, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      @sam – what? didn't you know christards reproduce ase.xually?

      April 11, 2013 at 3:03 pm |
    • @Light of Pure Truth

      If you think sex is the worst sin, it's not. Your mind has been raped. Get help for your sexual dysfunction.

      April 11, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
    • sam

      @Lucifer's Evil Twin – well, that makes sense. Anaerobic, I assume, since the lack of oxygen is pretty clear.

      April 11, 2013 at 3:11 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Blind love of country or God is a bastion of fools

      Wise men are always judging those who act in his name.

      Meaningless wars are becoming a way of life, and idolizing those who fight them make the matter worse.

      April 11, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      War may be meaningless, unless you're the one being shot at, but war is human nature. and we have ALWAYS idolized those who fight. That is also human nature. To look at history and think otherwise is delusional. I find it doubtful humans will ever change...

      April 11, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
    • michael

      The guy never fired a shot. So, how was he fighting anyone? William Demuth better get a refund for the English class he took. It's obvious he went to the produce aisle when they handed brains out.

      April 11, 2013 at 6:25 pm |
  18. Kevin

    This Priest is a very good example of how to be a hero. But I know for a fact that the writer of this article failed to do any proofing of the historical information associated with the story; the "8th Infantry Regiment" of the US Army, was NEVER in the Korean War. Mr. Shaughnessy, please research your stories for historical accuracy.

    April 11, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      It was suppossed to say 8th Cav Regiment

      April 11, 2013 at 2:31 pm |
  19. David Duvall

    Thank you Jesus for such a wonderful person.

    April 11, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
    • ReligionIsBS

      Do you thank jesus for horrible people too?

      April 11, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
    • Atheist, me?

      Yes Dave
      and we thank God for religionisBS qnd co who remind why we are grateful to Fr Emil.

      April 11, 2013 at 2:36 pm |
    • HeroesAre Rare

      ReligionistBS – We thank Jesus for everyone because we are not judges.
      However, today we ARE talking about Fr Emil and we DO thank Jesus for him. His actions were incredible and more so because he LIVED his faith , he forgave the prison guards! Could you do that?

      Why not see the good and forget your own grievances or whatever. Give credit where it's due. Peace be with you, friend.

      April 11, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
    • CincyJim

      Your god made all people even the evil N. Koreans and the evil Chinese Peoples Volunteer Army. You did not mention the evil half of the war, why not? YOU decide who ought be mentioned even though YOUR bible sez "Love thy neighbors as thyself ... " ?

      Doesn't that failure to mention ALL of your god's creations make you hypocritical?

      April 11, 2013 at 2:45 pm |
    • Gandolph The Lundren

      Forgiving one's captors is a symptom of Stockholm Syndrome. Let's not turn this hero's actions into your personal religious superiority complex crusade. If your deity existed, he never would have ended up in such a horrible situation to begin with.

      April 11, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
  20. it doesn't get worse

    They didn't have cameras in the '50's? Nice work from the court room artist.

    April 11, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
    • davessworks

      Idiot post

      April 11, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      Many if not most of the MoH receipients in the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon are paintings not pictures

      April 11, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
    • CincyJim

      Yes, we did have cameras, still/moving,b&W and colour. Hollywood was NOT in attendance. Will you detail your criticism for accuracy?

      April 11, 2013 at 2:48 pm |
    • ig88a

      Many times artists are used to provide a picture for the record of the award. They might not have had access to that particular view from a file photo of the Captain in his uniform.

      April 11, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
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