Come visit us at The Museum of Military Memorabilia. We have thousands of military artifacts from all branches of the Military. The Museum is located in the Naples Municipal Airport which was originally built by the Army Corps of Engineers to train pilots for the pacific theater in WWII.

What has begun as a Museum Honoring Military Aviation in WWII has evolved into so much more. You can now see historical artifacts dating back to the Revolutionary War and all the way up to the present day Iraq & Afghanistan conflicts.


2012 marked the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Naples Airport as a WWII Army Air Forces Training Base.


Chaplain Capt. Emil Kapaun

 Chaplain Capt. Emil Kapaun

Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony, April 11, 2013.

 

 

World War II and Korean War Chaplain Capt. Emil Kapaun’s story.

Communist forces encircled the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, assigned to provide a rear guard for the regiment’s withdrawal, Nov. 1, 1950, near Unsan, Korea.  Chaplain Capt. Emil Kapaun spent the night moving among the foxholes, under direct enemy fire, providing comfort and medical aid to his fellow Soldiers.

 Chaplain Capt. Emil Kapaun

He eventually made his was back to the dugout where more men had gathered,

“His courageous manner inspired all those present and many men who otherwise might have fled in panic were encouraged by his presence, and remained to fight the advancing enemy,” Kapaun’s Distinguished Service Cross citation read.

 Chaplain Capt. Emil Kapaun

Chaplain Capt. Emil Kapaun

The battalion withdrew across a nearby river when Chinese commandos attacked the command post. Kapaun returned to help the wounded and gathered about 30 men into a dugout for protection. His dedication to his fellow Soldiers persisted throughout the day Nov. 2, where he repeatedly rescued wounded men under heavy enemy fire. As the day wore on, it became clear the battalion’s position was hopeless, but Kapaun rejected several opportunities to escape.  He eventually made his was back to the dugout where more men had gathered, to include a wounded Chinese officer.

As the enemy closed in, Kapaun was able to convince the Chinese officer to negotiate for the safety of the wounded Americans and the group was taken captive.

 Chaplain Capt. Emil Kapaun

Chaplain Capt. Emil Kapaun

 Chaplain Capt. Emil Kapaun

GI Version

Story by Jacqueline M. Hames, Soldiers Live

                  

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