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Father Emil Kapaun

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, March 3, 1863, has awarded in the name of Congress the Medal of Honor to Chaplain Emil J. Kapaun, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.
Chaplain Emil J. Kapaun distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Calvary Division during combat operations against an armed enemy at Unsan, Korea, from November 1st to 2nd, 1950.
On November 1st, as Chinese Communist Forces viciously attacked friendly elements, Chaplain Kapaun calmly walked through withering enemy fire in order to provide comfort and medical aid to his comrades and rescue friendly wounded from no-man’s land.
Though the Americans successfully repelled the assault, they found themselves surrounded by the enemy. Facing annihilation, the able-bodied men were ordered to evacuate. However, Chaplain Kapaun, fully aware of his certain capture, elected to stay behind with the wounded.
After the enemy succeeded in breaking through the defense in the early morning hours of November 2nd, Chaplain Kapaun continually made rounds as hand-to-hand combat ensued. As Chinese Communist Forces approached the American position, Chaplain Kapaun noticed an injured Chinese officer amongst the wounded and convinced him to negotiate the safe surrender of the American forces.
Shortly after his capture, Chaplain Kapaun, with complete disregard for his personal safety and unwavering resolve, bravely pushed aside an enemy soldier preparing to execute Sergeant First Class Herbert A. Miller. Not only did Chaplain Kapaun’s gallantry save the life of Sergeant Miller, but also his unparalleled courage and leadership inspired all those present, including those who might have otherwise fled in panic to remain and fight the enemy until captured.
Chaplain Kapaun’s extraordinary heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, the 1st Calvary Division and the United States Army.

Medal of Honor Citation - 2013

Medal of Honor 2013  Servant of God 1993
CUA Masters degree in Education 1948



November 20, 2013

US News names CUA to list of Best National Universities for Veterans

The Catholic University of America was ranked 24th nationally by U.S. News & World Report in its inaugural listing of the “Best Colleges for Veterans.”

Schools were ranked based on their assistance to veterans in pursuing a college education under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The rankings provide data and information on schools that offer federal benefits, including tuition and housing assistance, to veterans and active service members. To qualify, schools had to be certified for the GI Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program and Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium.

In total, there were 234 ranked schools across the United States. To see the rankings, click here.

In September, the University was named to the Military Friendly Schools list by Victory Media, a media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. That list honored the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

The Catholic University of America has signed the Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions found in Executive Order 13607.  These principles were developed to strengthen oversight, enforcement, and accountability of educational programs, and to ensure our service members, veterans and their families have the information they need to make informed decisions concerning their educational benefits.  As a signatory to the Principles of Excellence CUA acknowledges its responsibilities to service members and veterans and pledges the support needed to achieve academic success at the University. 

The Yellow Ribbon Program at CUA

The Catholic University of America is proud to partner with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to offer expanded Yellow Ribbon education benefits to post-9/11 military veterans.

Beginning in the fall of 2012, all undergraduate and graduate programs, including the Columbus School of Law, are Yellow Ribbon participants.

“These scholarships are an investment in our veterans who have sacrificed so much on behalf of our country,” said Sara Thompson, dean of new programs. “It is an honor to serve our military through the Yellow Ribbon Program.”

Facts about the Yellow Ribbon Program at CUA

  • $99,999 per year: The maximum contribution Catholic University is making to support each eligible Yellow Ribbon undergraduate and graduate students in the 2013-2014 school year.
  • Full tuition: With matching funds from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the program covers nearly 100 percent of tuition and fees for most programs.
  • 165 scholarships:   A maximum of 50 graduate students and 40 undergraduate students scholarships will be available for the 2013-2014 school year.  In addition, 50 (undergraduate and graduate) scholarships will be in our Metropolitan School of Professional Studies and 25 scholarships available in the Columbus School of Law.
  • 75 undergraduate majors: The number of programs of study at CUA offering bachelor’s degrees through the Yellow Ribbon Program.
  • 100 graduate programs: Master’s and doctoral degrees available in architecture, arts and sciences, engineering, music, nursing, business, theology, and philosophy.