US Army chaplain Emil Kapaun gets Medal of Honor
US President Barack Obama has posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest US military decoration, on a US Army chaplain who saved the lives of fellow soldiers before perishing in a North Korean prison camp.
At a ceremony at the White House, President Obama said Father Emil Kapaun did not fire a gun, but "wielded the mightiest weapon of all, a love for his brothers".
After contracting dysentery and pneumonia, and after months in near-freezing and starving conditions, Kapaun died in late May 1951 at the age of 35.
The BBC's Paul Adams reports.
11 Apr 2013
- From the section US & Canada