WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will award a posthumous Medal of Honor this week to an Army chaplain credited with saving hundreds of soldiers more than 60 years ago during the Korean War.
During a battle with communist forces in 1950, Capt. Emil Kapaun, a Roman Catholic priest, stayed behind to help the wounded even though he knew he would be captured.
Americans who emerged alive from that prison camp, where Kapaun died seven months later, remember how he kept their spirits up, even as he forgave and blessed their Chinese captors.
They say as Kapaun lay dying, he said, "Don't worry about me. I'm going to where I always wanted to go and I'll say a prayer for all of you."
Two of his fellow POWs and Kapaun's relatives plan to attend Thursday's Medal of Honor award ceremony at the White House.
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