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Father Capodanno Memorial map_it

  • Description: Tablet recessed in granite stele
  • Materials: Granite, steel, bronze
  • Dimensions: Stele H: 8' W:4' D:1'6"; Tablet H: 5' W: 2 ½"
  • Dedicated: July 3, 1976
  • Donor: Knights of Columbus/Madonna Council
  • Inscription: IN MEMORY OF / LIEUTENANT VINCENT R. CAPODANNO / CHAPLAINS CORPS / UNITED STATES NAVAL RESERVE / WHO GALLANTLY GAVE HIS LIFE IN THE CAUSE / OF FREEDOM ALTHOUGH HIS ONLY WEAPON / WAS FAITH. --- / LIEUTENANT CAPODANNO, A CATHOLIC CHAPLAIN, WAS BORN / ON STATEN ISLAND ON FEBRUARY 13, 1929. HE WAS / POSTHUMOUSLY PRESENTED THIS NATION'S HIGHEST / AWARD FOR HEROISM -- THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF / HONOR -- FOR HIS ACTIONS ON A BATTLEFIELD IN THE / REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM WHERE, ON SEPTEMBER 4, 1967, / HE WAS MORTALLY WOUNDED WHILE GIVING MEDICAL AID / AND ADMINISTERING LAST RITES TO HIS WOUNDED AND / DYING COMRADES OF THE 3RD BATTALION, 5TH REGIMENT, / 1ST UNITED STATES MARINE DIVISION. FATHER CAPODANNO / DIED IN THE MANNER WHICH HE HAD LIVED -- / UNSELFISHLY SERVING GOD, HIS COUNTRY AND HIS / FELLOW MAN. / --- / ERECTED BY / MADONNA COUNCIL NO. 5915, KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS. / THROUGH THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE PEOPLE OF / STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK, AND DEDICATED JULY 3, 1976. / ON THE EVE OF THE BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION OF / THE FOUNDING OF THE NATION WHICH HE SO / HONORABLY SERVED. /

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