The plaque from the original dedication of the Chaplains Memorial on Oct. 6, 1979 — freshly rebronzed and mounted on granite courtesy of Harvard Wood Monuments Inc. — is back at the base of the obelisk in the Medal of Honor Grove.
The project continues this year’s upgrading of the Chaplains Memorial itself and the area around it. In May, the names of four Protestant chaplains who received the Medal of Honor — all of whom served in the U.S. Army during the Civil War — were added.
The Friends of the Grove and Freedoms Foundation are deeply grateful to all those whose efforts made this work possible.
When the obelisk was first presented by the Knights of Columbus, the names of four Catholic chaplains were inscribed on it. A fifth was added in 2014. The chaplains honored on the site are:
Civil War: John Milton Whitehead, Grancis Bloodgood Hall, James Hill and Milton Lorenzo Haney
World War II: Lt. Cmdr Joseph Timothy O’Callahan
Korean War: Capt. Emil J. Kapaun
Vietnam War: Capt. Angelo J. Liteky, Maj. Charles Joseph Watters and Lt. Vincent Robert Capodanno.
Fathers Kapaun and Capodanno are undergoing the process for canonization in the Roman Catholic Church.
For more on the 1979 dedication, click here.
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