Memorial Mass Scheduled SEPT. 4, 2018, for Vietnam War Hero Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM *******MARK THE CALENDAR*******

Father Vincent R. Capodanno, M.M., 1929-1967

WHAT: A Memorial Mass for Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, United States Navy Chaplain and Vietnam War hero, on the 51st anniversary of his death on a Vietnam battlefield. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the United States Military Services, will be the main celebrant and homilist.

WHERE: The Crypt of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception400 Michigan Avenue Northeast, Washington, D.C. 20017.

WHEN6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

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 declared him a “Servant of God,” opening his Cause for Canonization. The Cause is officially promoted by the Father Capodanno Guild, a private Catholic Church association and not-for-profit corporation.

The Memorial Mass for Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, is open to the public. There will be open seating, so attendees are advised to plan for early arrival. Those with special needs may pre-arrange reserved parking by email to Ms. Mary Preece at

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

Media coverage is welcomed.