“Paratrooper Padre,” Fr. Francis Sampson, parachuted into Normandy on D-Day. He saved lives, was nearly executed, and was nominated for the Medal of Honor.
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Navy Chaplain Father Aloysius Schmitt had just finished Mass aboard the USS Oklahoma when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He died helping men to escape.
Father Francis Duffy was a seminary professor, chaplain to the Fighting 69th during World War I, and was a parish priest in New York City. He is memorialized in Times Square.
Noel Dube, Noëlle’s grandfather, was a man of deep faith who made significant contributions on D-Day during World War II.
Fr. Emil Kapaun was an Army chaplain who died in a prisoner of war camp during the Korean War. He is now a Servant of God.
Catholics, including the Daughters of Charity and St. Francis Xavier church were heavily involved in the Civil War battle of Gettysburg.
Fr. Vincent Capodanno was a chaplain with the US Marines in Vietnam and a Maryknoll priest. As Tom and Noëlle Crowe tell us in this very personal episode, he was known as the Grunt Padre for how he served his Marines. His ultimate sacrifice on the battlefield led to him receiving the Medal of Honor and being placed on the path to canonization.
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John Fitzgerald was an aide-de-camp to George Washington who helped him avoid a coup and helped build Virginia’s first Catholic church.
In 1836, the Potawatomi, many of whom were Catholic, were force-marched from Indiana to Kansas. A young priest named Benjamin Petit, joined them.