There are many ways to mark Veterans’ Day. Parades, flags, stories and simple thank-you’s for most of us; a sleazy leftist whine demanding we stop calling soldiers “heroes” for Salon. For some Marines who served in Vietnam, they choose to honor the “Grunt Padre,” and their reverence isn’t confined to Veterans’ Day.
Grunt Padre was the nickname U.S. Navy Chaplain Father Vincent Capodanno earned for his service to Marine infantrymen in Vietnam. Capodanno died on the battlefield between a soldier and an enemy automatic weapon in his final act to aid – both physically and spiritually – the young men he served.