EWTN to Air Documentary on Vietnam War Hero Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM

Airing precedes Sept. 4 Memorial Mass in Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With a memorial Mass scheduled tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 4, for United States Navy Chaplain and Vietnam War hero Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, EWTN will air a one-hour documentary on the life and death of the Maryknollmissionary who died in battle serving U.S. Marines.

The Grunt Padre in Vietnam will air on EWTN in North America tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 4, at: 6:30 a.m. (ET) and again at 1:00 p.m. (ET).

Father Capodanno, a U.S. Navy Lieutenant, was killed Sept. 4, 1967, near the city of Thang Binh as he gave physical and spiritual assistance to wounded and dying Marines of the 1st Marine Division in a fierce gun fight with the North Vietnamese Army. Father Capodanno posthumously received the Medal of Honor, and in May 2006 the Catholic Church officially proclaimed him a Servant of God and formally initiated his Cause forBeatification.

The Grunt Padre in Vietnam, hosted by the late Archbishop Philip Hannan of New Orleans, is a touching documentary about Father Capodanno, who sacrificed his life for the Marines he served. Veterans recount their personal memories and stories. The documentary is based on the book, The Grunt Padre by Father Daniel L. Mode, a U.S. Navy Chaplain currently serving on active duty with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS).

The Memorial Mass for Father Capodanno will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, Sept. 4, in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue Northeast, Washington, D.C. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, will be the main celebrant and homilist.

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.

EWTN will broadcast the Mass live at 6:30 p.m. (ET) Thursday, Sept. 4, with a repeat showing to follow at midnight.