Memorial Mass Scheduled SEPT. 4, 2013 for Vietnam War Hero Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM

Father Vincent Capadanno, MM, Servant of God

Father Vincent Capadanno, MM, Servant of God

WHAT: A Memorial Mass for Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, United States Navy Chaplain and Vietnam War hero, on the 46th anniversary of his death on a battlefield in Vietnam. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, will be the main celebrant and homilist.

WHERE: The Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue Northeast, Washington, D.C. 20017.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 4, 2013.

BACKGROUND: This annual Mass is celebrated for the repose of Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, a Catholic Military Chaplain and U.S. Navy Lieutenant who was killed in Vietnam on September 4, 1967 as he gave physical and spiritual assistance to wounded and dying Marines of the 1st Marine Division during battle with the North Vietnamese Army. Father Capodanno posthumously received the Medal of Honor, and in May 2006 the Catholic Church authorized the official beginning of his Cause for Sainthood and thus recognizing him as a Servant of God.

The Mass is open to the public.

Military members are encouraged to wear the uniform of the day and civilians, business attire.

Media coverage is welcomed.