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Old 09-04-2017, 12:15 PM
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Exclamation IN NAM 50 years ago today....

Today marks the fiftieth year since Lt. Vincent R. Capodanno Chaplain Corps USN(R) fell in battle while providing aid and comfort to fallen Marines from "M"Co. 3/5. His family received the following Medal in his name.

Father CAPODANNO's MEDAL OF HONOR CITATION:
"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Chaplain of the 3d Battalion, in connection with operations against enemy forces. In response to reports that the 2d Platoon of M Company was in danger of being overrun by a massed enemy assaulting force, Lt. 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, Lt. Capodanno rushed 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 machine gun fire. By his heroic conduct on the battlefield, and his inspiring example, Lt. 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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" http://www.cmohs.org/recipient-detai...-vincent-r.php ".
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Old 09-04-2017, 03:24 PM
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Thank you for posting this

When I served with 2/5 and 2/9 I always admired our Navy Chaplains as well as our Corpsman.

What a great sailor and American hero Lt. Capodanno was!
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