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The Grunt Padre: Father Vincent Robert Capodanno Vietnam 1966-1967

4.19  ·  Rating Details  ·  54 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
This is the story of a Catholic Priest and a Naval Chaplain who served his Marines but it is also their stories that make it so real. Do you know of a Vietnam veteran struggling with his Faith after witnessing the horrors of war? Do you have a son or nephew serving in the military and facing an uncertain future in a troubled world? Here is a book to help them see how a Chr ...more
Paperback, 203 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by CMJ Marian Publishers
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"I know and swear there are living chapels in Vince's name. 'Those grunts' saw Christ when they saw Vince. This may appear like pious rhetoric but I have been a priest too long not to comprehend how people react when sentences are used to tell people the happening of an event. When those 'grunts' learned of Vince's death, it was pathetic to watch their reactions. A lump came to my throat, Pauline, and I know I'm a tough man emotionally."

The above quote was from a letter Chaplain Thomas J. Woolt
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Jan 20, 2016 Louis Joseph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an exceptional book about a very holy man, a priest tending to the spiritual needs of his Marines in Vietnam. Before I begin let me say that nothing in this world happens without God's knowledge, direction, order or God letting it happen for a reason. We all have free will but if God does not want it to happen it does not happen. Yes, there is such a thing as probability and outcome but it is up to God. In God's plan we are not God. We only report for duty to carry out His plan. God has ...more
Dec 15, 2013 Ann rated it really liked it
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This was an inspiring read. The author chronicles the early life as well as the education and preparation of Fr. Capodanno for the mission field. Fr. Capodanno started out in Taiwan as a missionary after 6 years of intense preparation. He didn't seem to really find his niche in missions until he chose to ask for a transfer to become a marine chaplain.The vocation of Marine chaplain was perfect for him ... he had such a Godly compassion for his fellow Marines who he served during the Vietnam War ...more
Jan 22, 2011 Karen rated it liked it
I had wanted to read this book for about 2 years, ever since i heard about the subject, Father Vincent Capodanno, a priest who became a Navy chaplain in order to volunteer in Vietnam during the war there. I am glad I was able to read it finally, and honored to know more about Father Capodanno's selflessness and sacrifice for others. However, the book itself reads more like a report than a good biography. I believe it was first written as the author's thesis project and fleshed out later for publ ...more
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Feb 05, 2014 Brian Boru rated it it was amazing
A most inspiring telling of a most inspiring Chaplain and Priest. I believe this would be a great read for anyone wanting to invest themselves in a story of heroism, especially for the person who has seen the horrors of war up close.
Mar 01, 2014 Joe rated it really liked it
This is an inspiring story in many ways, and not just for soldiers or Catholics. It is quick and easy to read, although somewhat sparse in the details. I would be interested in reading a more comprehensive biography of Fr. Capodanno.
Mary Leonard
Nov 02, 2013 Mary Leonard rated it it was amazing
A thoughtful and poignant biography of a humble priest from Staten Island, who was killed in Vietnam while tending to a wounded Marine. At times I could not put the book down. It flows from Fr. Capodanno's childhood to his years as a Maryknoll missionary and to his final journey as a US Marine. It also sensitively reflects on how he felt when he would visit the US, only to hear protests from friends and neighbors.
Sep 25, 2014 Joseph rated it it was amazing
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This is a very moving book. Being Catholic and having lived on Staten Island most of my life, I'm ashamed I didn't know more about this good man until now. Thank you Father Mode for an excellent book.
Oct 31, 2011 Tom rated it it was amazing
The story of Father Vincent Capodanno, awarded the Medal of Honor, posthumously. The story of how he dedicated his life to God and gave it up for his fellow man.
Jun 27, 2009 Marylou rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Learning about the Maryknoll Missionaries in Vietnam. Fr. Vincent R. Capodanno a chaplain in Vietnam is Blessed now ...
Mar 03, 2012 Claire rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story about Father Capodanno. A must read!!!!!
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