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 12.10.2019
POSTED BY: Doyle Sanders

A Chaplain for All

I met Father Capadonno while on a combat operation in Quang Ngai Province, South Vietnam at the start of my tour in Vietnam. We only spoke to each other for a few minutes. I was still a PFC and thinking I had made an incredible mistake by volunteering for duty in Vietnam. Those few moments talking with him really changed my life and in my mind I realized why I was there. I was there to help "Grunts" make it home. When my tour (time) in Vietnam was up, I volunteered to extend my tour of duty there. Something strange happened to after that meeting, when in combat, I felt like someone was present; someone protecting me and I have been that way ever since. I want to believe that the presence I have felt all these years is Father Capadonno. I am not a Catholic, my parents raised me in the Baptist faith. Many Chaplains in the military receive training in several faiths. I was very happy to learn that Father Capadonno has been declared a Servant of God several years ago and hopefully, they will recognize him as a Saint before my time on earth is up. Before that, I would like to see Father Capadonno be recognized as the Patron Saint of Sailors and Marines.;
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POSTED ON 9.17.2019
POSTED BY: Eben Hedman

Thank you for Service to God and The USMC

I remember Father Capodanno fondly, although I never met him. I had the privilege to serve 3 Marine Corps units as a Navy Chaplain from 1979 to 1985. Chaplain Capodanno gave his life on my 15th birthday - 4 September 1967. My service was a wonderful ministry, but so inadequate when thinking of Father Vincent. Semper FI!
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POSTED ON 4.10.2019
POSTED BY: C.F.

Thank you God for Fr. Capodanno

Thank you God for Fr. Capodanno. Thank you Fr. Capodanno for your prayers for our nephews and young adults. Please guide them back to the Catholic Church and may they love God with all their heart and soul. May they find vocations and marriages that will be pleasing to God. Please pray for us all and may you Rest in Peace with God. Thank you.
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POSTED ON 9.4.2018
POSTED BY: A US Marine, Vietnam

Medal of Honor Citation

Vincent Robert Capodanno

Medal of Honor
AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING Vietnam War
Service: Navy
Battalion: 3d Battalion
Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein) FMF (Attached)
GENERAL ORDERS:

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 (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.
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POSTED ON 9.4.2018
POSTED BY: K

AD MORTEM FIDELIS.....“Faithful Unto Death".......This was who He Was.......

Forever Remembered
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