VINCENT R CAPODANNO
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HONORED ON PANEL 25E, LINE 95 OF THE WALL

VINCENT ROBERT CAPODANNO

WALL NAME

VINCENT R CAPODANNO

PANEL / LINE

25E/95

DATE OF BIRTH

02/13/1929

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TIN

DATE OF CASUALTY

09/04/1967

HOME OF RECORD

HONOLULU

STATE

HI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

LT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR VINCENT ROBERT CAPODANNO
POSTED ON 9.4.2021
POSTED BY: U.S Marine, Quang Tri, Vietnam, WIA

Medal of Honor Award

Medal of Honor
AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING Vietnam War
Service: Navy
Battalion: 3d Battalion
Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein) FMF (Attached)
CITATION:
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, 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.
See https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/3070
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POSTED ON 2.17.2021
POSTED BY: Julie R Schmidt

Thank you for your devotion

My brother was there with you. KIA 6/2/67
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POSTED ON 2.13.2021
POSTED BY: Joseph Aguilera

Happy birthday

02/13/2021
Happy birthday Father Copodonno! Protect our military men and women.
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POSTED ON 2.16.2020
POSTED BY: Pamela MacDermott

Gratitude

Thank for your service and the love and care you gave to your men! May you always be remembered as a man of God who gave his life trying to save another. You are indeed a Saint!
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POSTED ON 2.13.2020
POSTED BY: Jury Washington

Thank You For Your Valiant Service.

Without people like you our great nation wouldn't exist. Rest in peace
Fr. Vincent R. Capodanno, you shall never be forgotten.
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