Father Vincent Robert Capodanno was a US Navy chaplain killed in Vietnam in 1967 with his Marine search unit in Operation Swift. Outnumbered 2,500 to 500 Marines, he was killed protecting a corpsman who was administering first aid to a soldier.
Father Capodanno received the Congressional Medal of Honor, the Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts. Even though wounded, he refused to leave the battle area to assist his grunts. He was the most recognized and respected chaplain in that war; memorials and buildings throughout the world are named after him. This is a hero.
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This book tells the story of Father Vincent Robert Capodanno, a Catholic preist and US Marines chaplain. It covers his time with the marines, as well has his story preceding that time (what brought him to both being a priest and to being a Vietnam chaplain), and finally his legacy.
It is not a war book, with details of troops movements or battles (although they are discussed where relating to the story. It is not a book about the errors of the Vietnam war. It is a story of one man's faith and his work to help encourage and engage those going through a hard time.
The story is an interesting and personal one, going into detail on Capodanno's beliefs, thoughts and why he performed the actions he did. It quotes from family and friends who knew him, highlighting the great man of character he was.
I am not Catholic, so was a little apprehensive at how overt the Catholic message in this book might be. I did not find it overbearing. It did not shy away from his faith and how that impacted him. It did hot shy away from explaining what his beliefs were and presenting a clear "gospel picture". But it was not preachy.
The information about his legacy - with many buildings, chapels and a warship or two named after him is also interesting, showing the ongoing impact this one man had.
Narration by Kevin Spalding is very good. Other works that i have heard read by him have been more traditional "war books" detailing the battles and actions of soldiers. So this is in the same vein but a bit of a departure.
Spalding reads consistently and clearly. while this is a non-fiction work, where there is quotes or people speaking (via written records etc) he changes his voice to help differentiate them from the main narration. This is a fine line to tread with non-fiction as these are not characters but the words of real people. Spalding treads this line perfectly adding the right level of differentiation without making the people into 'characters'.
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Vince is a saint.
Though the events are not exactly the way I recall them, they are close enough. Fr. Vince was my friend. We struggled with the same command idiocy.Lt. Col Hilgardner demanded his priest and doctor accompany him to the field. (Read his book "Highpockets" to learn why. For a hint his formulative years were significantly altered by priests and physicians and usually not to his liking). Fr, Vince motives were pure. This was not a "suicide by combat". Vince was at 1/5 the day before he died saying Mass. I will never forget that Mass. He left with a shirt of mine. His was dirty trying to get on a chopper going to Operation Swift. Delta company had been ambushed. Bravo company went to help. Then it turned into a regimental expansion. Vince was fearless. Tried all afternoon to get on a chopper but they were taking only combatants. Ultimately they took him. I would not have gone where he went. God rest his soul.
Lt. J. E. Pilon, MD USNR (Ret)
This audiobook provides a short biography of Father Vincent Capodanno, a United States Navy Roman Catholic chaplain and a posthumous recipient of the Medal of Honor for his selfless and heroic actions during the Vietnam War.
Being Roman Catholic myself, I found Father Capodanno's life to be an inspiring account of what it means to be Christian. Father Capodanno demonstrates the power and beauty of Christian service, and in my opinion, he helps illustrate why Christ's message is the Ultimate Truth.
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Powerful, eloquent, inspiring
When Father Capodanno realized God's plan for him was for him to serve God and others as a Navy chaplain.
Father Capodanno's arrival in Vietnam when he recognized his destiny.
Both emotions resulted from the reading, but the overall emotion was the recognition that the best led life involves service to others despite the suffering and sacrifice which Father Capodanno exemplified.
This is an eloquent rendition of the biography of a hero for our ages. The inclusion of Archbishop Timothy Broglio's remarks contribute a timely update to this account of Father Capodanno's virtuous life and heroic death which have led his becoming a model of service and a Servant of God.
I had read this book and was happy to see it was put in audio format. Capt. Spalding did an excellent job. I would, and probably will listen to it again. Being former military Capt. Spalding has a grasp of the terminology used in the narrative and his voice is pleasant to listen to. Well worth it for those who don't have time to read a physical book and do a lot of travelling like me.Norman FulkersonAuthor: An American Knight: The Life of Col. John Ripley
The narration of his death.
Did not read the printed version
Fr. Vince due to his selfless regard for humanity
Father Capodanno's arrival in Vietnam when he recognized his destiny
The Grunt Padre
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Kevin Spalding's military background brings a true appreciation for the service of the Marines and the Chaplain Corps during Vietnam. His deliberate reverence for the story is evident, especially during the portions of the story describing combat operations.
It brought back a lot of memories of my time in the Marines, and especially on deployment. The Chaplains that served with the Marines were true lifesavers, and will always hold a special place for me. Any Marine will shed a tear while listening to the selfless service displayed by Father Capodanno.
I really liked how thorough the author was in relaying Father Capodanno's life story. It made Father Capodanno larger than life as we see his accomplishments in life spanned far beyond the battlefield.
A good listen makes for an amazing day!
Selfless, Heroic, and influential
Fr. Vince due to his selfless regard for humanity.
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I not normally into historic no -fiction but this was treated to be informative but interesting.
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Thank God for books of all kinds and ears to hear
Although I did not give this book stellar review stars, I liked it very much. I have a good friend who is a Catholic priest so I might have found this book more enjoyable than most. I loved the details of the ordination and other Catholic things. I had never heard of Father Capodanno but of course have heard "there are no atheists in foxholes" many times. He is credited as having said this in Vietnam. I was quite young during Vietnam but remember watching it on tv and being scared my older brother would have to go. The war ended before he turned 18 thank goodness.
This man was really a true hero in my definition of the word. I was just so moved by the recollections of him from different vets.
The narrator was okay. I've heard better but the heart is there and that means a lot in my book.
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