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  • Medal of Honor Citation

    Posted on 9/4/18 - by A US Marine, Vietnam
    Vincent Robert Capodanno

    Medal of Honor
    DURING Vietnam War
    Service: Navy
    Battalion: 3d Battalion
    Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein) FMF (Attached)

    The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Lieutenant (Chaplain) Vincent Robert Capodanno (NSN: 0-656197), United States Naval Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Chaplain of the Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Forces, in connection with operations against enemy forces in Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam, on 4 September 1967. In response to reports that the 2d Platoon of M Company was in danger of being overrun by a massed enemy assaulting force, Lieutenant 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, Lieutenant Capodanno rushed in 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 machinegun fire. By his heroic conduct on the battlefield, and his inspiring example, Lieutenant Capodanno upheld the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the cause of freedom.
  • AD MORTEM FIDELIS.....“Faithful Unto Death".......This was who He Was.......

    Posted on 9/4/18 - by K
    Forever Remembered
  • An American Hero

    Posted on 9/4/18 - by Janice Current
    Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Thank you for stepping up and answering your country's call. Rest easy knowing you will never be forgotten.
  • Protect him

    Posted on 7/24/18 - by Sue
    Watch over and Protect my son, your name sake as he follows your lead to search and rescue under the Almighty hands of our Lord and Savior. In Jesus name I pray. Amen
  • A Eucharistic Life!

    Posted on 7/22/18
    This evening at mass during the Homily I heard of Fr. Vincent Capodanno's ultimate sacrifice as he gave his life wholeheartedly to the suffering and dying Marines all around him. The fact that Fr. Capodanno's life was a Eucharistic one in that he suffered, sacrificed and loved those around him as he emptied himself out even unto death. To readily put himself in harm’s way to aid all those who were suffering. And in spite of being wounded twice himself, Fr. Capodanno refused to be evacuated. He held up his lifeless right arm with the other arm to administer the Last Rites of the Catholic Church to the dying. The face of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, was shining through Fr. Capodanno.

    Finally, when an injured soldier who had been struck by a machine gun, Fr. Capodono stepped in front of the machine to aid the solider and, Fr. Capodono was mortally wounded. Where does such love come from if not from our Almighty God.

    This tribute is 51 yrs late but Thank You so very much for giving your all to save others.
    May you be with Him in Paradise.
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