Donald R. McClarey

April 5, 1951: Father Craig Goes to Heaven

October 27, 1913.  The Great War was soon to begin in Europe and Leo Peter Craig was born into this world in Everett, Massachusetts.  He was five years old when his mother died, leaving his father with five young children

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Donald R. McClarey

MacArthur Farewell Speech

A week after being relieved as Supreme Commander in Korea, General Douglas MacArthur on April 19, 1951 gave his farewell speech to Congress.  Widely perceived as starting MacArthur’s run for the White House, this was not to be, the General

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Saints of Lent: The POW Servant of God

Lent is a grand time to confront evil, both that evil which stains our souls, and the evil external to us.  Throughout the history of the Church there have been saints who risked all to bravely confront the popular evils of

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The Korean War: It Was Worth It

    My favorite living historian, Victor Davis Hanson, explains the Korean War courtesy of Prager University.  Was it worth it?  Look at the picture below and judge for yourself:              

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Collision Course

  The things that you find on the internet.  I recently found on You Tube a television movie from 1976, Collision Course, which deals with the conflict between Douglas MacArthur and Harry Truman over Korean War policy.  I had seen

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Bob Hope on Thanksgiving: 1950

  Bob Hope spent many holidays away from his home entertaining the troops, and in this 1950 Thanksgiving message he reminds us of those who stand guard over our nation and often eat their Thanksgiving turkey far from home as

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PopeWatch: North Korea

We will not buy an armistice by turning over human beings for slaughter or slavery. Harry S Truman, 1952, in explaining his refusal to force the return of North Korean and Chinese POWs who wished to stay in the West. An uncle of PopeWatch fought

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The Marines Called Her Reckless

“I was surprised at her beauty and intelligence, and believe it or not, her esprit de corps. Like any other Marine, she was enjoying a bottle of beer with her comrades. She was constantly the center of attraction and was

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Uncle Ralph, the Rosary and the Korean War

  I love praying the Rosary.  It always has given me peace whenever I have recited it, and my family prays the Sorrowful Mysteries together each Lent.  However, the person who had the greatest devotion to the Rosary in my

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Patrick J. Byrne, Bishop and Martyr

Yesterday was the 60th anniversary of the armistice ending the Korean War.  That War produced many Christian martyrs as the Communist powers actively persecuted and murdered Christians luckless enough to fall into their hands.  One martyr that has never received

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Pow Servant of God Receives Medal of Honor

The POW Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun received the Medal of Honor on April 11, 2012.  Here is what he did to earn it. Serving as a chaplain at Fort Bliss, Father Kapaun was ordered to Japan in 1950. 

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Korean War II?

    Otto von Bismarck, the ever quotable Chancellor of the Second Reich, predicted in 1888 that “One day the great European War will come out of some damned foolish thing in the Balkans.”  I have long thought the same

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POW Servant of God

In the midst of a World War, Emil Kapaun was born in peaceful Pilsen, Kansas on August 20, 1916.  His parents were Czech immigrants and virtually everyone in the area spoke Czech.  From an early age Emil knew that he

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POW Servant of God To Receive Medal of Honor

  On April 11, 2012 Father Emil Kapaun, the POW Servant of God, will receive posthumously this nation’s highest decoration for heroism, the Medal of Honor: The Pentagon is expected to invite several of Kapaun’s fellow former prisoners of war to attend

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Franciscan Love

 For love of Him they ought to expose themselves to enemies both visible and invisible. Saint Francis of Assisi   Born in Louisville, Kentucky on July 17, 1913, Herman G. Felhoelter was ordained a Franciscan priest in 1939.  He served as

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The Korean War-Not The Forgotten War

June 25, 1950, the North Koreans, at the instigation of Stalin, invaded South Korea.  The US, under UN auspices, intervened under General Douglas MacArthur.  In a brilliant campaign, MacArthur led the American and allied forces to victory, largely destroying the North

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POW Servant of God Easter Sermon

On Easter Sunday 1942 Father Emil Kapaun, the POW Servant of God  I have written about here, here , here and  here delivered an Easter Sermon.  Go here to read it. Nine years later, shortly before his death in a Chinese

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