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  • IN LOVING MEMORY of FR. CAPODANNO and JOHN T. KAMALIC JR.

    Posted on 9/4/17 - by Donna Kamalic jtphoto@earthlink.net
    Dearest Father Vincent, I never met you and quite frankly, never even knew of you - until a recent broadcast on EWTN in a program named "Called and Chosen."
    My late husband John Kamalic, Jr. also served in Vietnam as a Grunt in 1968-1969 and although he came back alive - he suffered much physically and with PTSD. I wish you two could have met, but I think you have a special connection with Johnny, as you both were born on February 13th! I feel as a Marine Grunt - you helped escort my Johnny into Heaven,as in Vietnam - no man is left behind. Please pray for me and for this world, and keep my Beloved good company in Heaven. Love you.
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  • Medal of Honor

    Posted on 9/4/17 - by A US Marine, Vietnam
    Vincent Robert Capodanno
    Date of birth: February 13, 1929
    Date of death: September 4, 1967
    Burial location: Staten Island, New York
    Place of Birth: New York, Staten Island
    Home of record: Staten Island New York
    Status: KIA

    AWARDS AND CITATIONS

    Medal of Honor


    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    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.

    Action Date: September 4, 1967

    Service: Navy

    Rank: Lieutenant

    Company: Chaplain (Attached)

    Battalion: 3d Battalion

    Regiment: 5th Marines

    Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein) FMF (Attached)
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  • Prayer to Servant of God Vincent R. Capodanno (#1)

    Posted on 2/13/17 - by FoRV
    This prayer to Obtain a Favor Through the Intercession of the Servant of God Father Vincent R. Capodanno, M.M. was written by Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese of the Military Services:

    Almighty and merciful God, look with Love upon those who plead for Your help. Through the intercession of Your servant, Father Vincent Capodanno, missionary and Catholic Navy Chaplain, grant the favor I earnestly seek: (here state your request). May Vincent, who died bringing consolation to the Marines he was privileged to serve on the field of battle, intercede in my need as I pray in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
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  • Prayer to Servant of God Vincent R. Capodanno (#2)

    Posted on 2/13/17 - by FoRV
    This prayer to Obtain a Favor Through the Intercession of the Servant of God Father Vincent R. Capodanno, M.M. was written by Cardinal Edwin F. O'Brien, former Archbishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services and current GMotEOotHSoJ,:

    May God who has offered healing and strength through the hands of the His only Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and through Christ's many servants grant me the favor of His healing hand through the intercession of His servant, Father Vincent Capodanno, priest, missionary, and chaplain, who always sought to heal and comfort the wounded and dying on the field of battle. May I be granted this request - (here state your request) - on my own field of battle I pray in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
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  • Prayer to Serant of God Vincent R. Capodanno (#1)

    Posted on 2/13/17 - by FoRV
    The following prayer to Obtain a Favor Through the Intercession of the Servant of God Father Vincent R. Capodanno, M.M. was written by Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese of the Military Services:

    Almighty and merciful God, look with Love upon those who plead for Your help. Through the intercession of Your servant, Father Vincent Capodanno, missionary and Catholic Navy Chaplain, grant the favor I earnestly seek: (here state your request). May Vincent, who died bringing consolation to the Marines he was privileged to serve on the field of battle, intercede in my need as I pray in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.