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Korean War chaplain honored for courage and valor

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A Kansas town with a population of only 40 will be in the spotlight this week as a native son's family receives the nation's highest military honor for valor.

President Barack Obama will present the Medal of Honor Thursday to the family of the Rev. Emil Kapaun who was credited with saving hundreds of lives while serving as a chaplain in the Korean War. Fellow prisoners-of-war told stories about his courage after he died at the age of 35 in a prison camp in 1951.

The Vatican also has classified Kapaun as a Servant of God, which could lead to him someday being declared a saint.

Kapaun's family has decided to give the medal to Pilsen, a town about an hour northeast of Wichita. But the Wichita Eagle reports that Pilsen has no police department, restaurant, gas station or public restroom to serve anyone who visits to learn more about Kapaun.

An official with Wichita's Catholic diocese also wondered where the medal would be stored so it will be secure from theft.

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