Today is throwback Thursday and we are going to look at a chaplain from the Vietnam War.
Father Vincent R. Capodanno, nicknamed "the Grunt Padre," and was assigned to Vietnam in 1966, where Capodanno served with the First Marine Division.
On September 4, 1967, around 500 U.S. Marines were battling 2,500 North Vietnamese in the Que Son Valley. Capodanno ventured onto the battlefield to retrieve the wounded and give Last Rites.
He was shot in the right hand, but refused evacuation. Instead, a corpsman wrapped up his shattered hand. On another foray, his left arm was shredded by a mortar blast. Yet he still refused to leave the battlefield.
Capodanno ventured ahead to give Last Rites and saw a Marine shot in the leg who couldn't
move. The chaplain used his own body to shield the wounded man and was fatally shot.
Capodanno was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor among a list of other medals.