Father Emil Kapaun prays over a soldier during the Korean War
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Will a Korean War army chaplain become a saint?

US Army Chaplain Father Emil Kapaun came from a small Kansas farming town, but he ended up on the front lines during the Korean War.

Time and time again his comrades said Fr Kapaun distinguished himself on the battlefield, but in November 1950 he was captured and sent to a POW camp.

Survivors said Fr Kapaun risked his life to steal food for the sick and tend to the dying. Many credited the chaplain with keeping them alive.

Father Kapaun eventually succumbed to his own illness and died at the camp.

Six decades after his death, he is being considered for the Congressional Medal of Honor - and sainthood in the Catholic Church.

Produced by the BBC's David Botti

Additional photos/video: Getty Images, Associated Press, ThinkStock, British Pathé, and courtesy the Catholic Diocese of Wichita.

  • 16 Apr 2012