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

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  144 ratings  ·  28 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 ...more
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Published June 1st 2003 by CMJ Marian Publishers
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Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I first learned about Father Capodanno a few years ago when the Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, Archdiocese for U.S. Military Services, established the Cause for Cannonization of Father Vincent Capodanno. I later learned Father Capodanno was in Vietnam at the same time I was there and within the same general locations (I was Army). I didnt know a book had been written about Father Vincent until I donated a modest amount to the cause for his Cannonization and in turn received a dvd movie Called ...more
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Biography of an American man who decided to become a priest/missionary. He spent time in Taiwan as a missionary and he was subsequently given permission to serve as a military chaplain. He served in Vietnam and was a front line chaplain. He could have stayed more towards the rear but he chose to move with Marines on missions to help with the wounded and give last rites when desired. He was the sort of person that would give someone the shirt off his back and his service to the marines made him ...more
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
** Review of Audio Format **

Truly A Padre for the Men

Father Vincent Capodanno was a truly inspired and inspiring man. He saw what our boys went through in Vietnam and supported them in the aftermath of the horrifying events they lived through. And when they didn't live he was there to administer last rites and give comfort to the dying.

My father is a Vietnam veteran. I know that these soldiers, especially, the volunteers like my dad, were convinced they were helping to bring freedom and
"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.
Mary Alice
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
One heck of a good priest and brave man. Quote from the book. Father Capodanno was a totally devoted military chaplain with the heart of a missionary. He lived as those he served, so when he joined the ranks of a Marine chaplain, he lived like a grunt in Vietnam. He ran onto battlefields unprotected to minister to dying and wounded Marines without ever giving a thought to his own safety. The grunts came before him. He died trying to reach and give comfort to a dying corpsman. He had already been ...more
Steven R. McEvoy
This is the fourth book I have read about military chaplains in the last year. This one was a recommendation after someone posted an icon of Father Capodanno and Father Kapaun. This book was an addictive read. I could hardly put it down, and gave up taking my lunch break two days in a row to keep reading. This book was originally published as a masters thesis in 1992. The edition I read was published in 2008 and is considered the 3rd edition. The book was expanded in 2001, and the 2008 edition ...more
Walt Trachim
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Christopher Pokorny
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: clergy-memoirs
The most inspiring account of a chaplains life that I have encountered.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Reading this bio has helped me, I believe, to only begin to scratch the surface of understanding what it means to empty oneself and let the Lord fill the void.
Val Crofts
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding! Amazing role model in the faith and as an American!
Donna Lee
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Informative and inspiring. Also bought the DVD "Called and Chosen," from EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network), about Chaplain Vincent R. Capodanno, equally riveting.
Randy Johnson
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Not the best writing you'll ever enjoy, but the story of Father Capodanno's faith, humility, quiet sacrifice, and ultimate sacrifice is so powerful that the writing is kind of beside the point.
David Sheedy
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truly an inspirational book to read. Its amazing to read about how this man put his faith into action. ...more
Mark Luongo
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
An inspirational story of courage and faith that I would highly recommended to anyone lagging in spirit and strength. I am proud to say he is "one of our own", a Staten Islander who made good.
Louis Barbier
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
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
This book has hopped into my hands so many times over the years and I've always passed it up or passed it along. Then Chris Stefanik made a video I found on youtube about Father Capodanno that struck me so profoundly I am assuming I make up many of the views it gets. Something about that video kept me going back and back again with a clear image in my minds eye of Fr Capodanno telling a soldier in the middle of all out hell, broke loose, that "God is with us all this day." Those words kept ...more
Aug 12, 2009 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 ...more
Jan 10, 2011 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 ...more
Nov 02, 2013 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.
Feb 13, 2014 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.
Brian Boru
Feb 05, 2014 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.
joan mushrush
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An angel among men

A wonderful account of an incredible man who lived the gospel in his dedication to the relief of suffering men. Father Capodanno exemplified the role of servant.
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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.
Apr 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a moving account of a man who gave his all to others in an unpopular war. Father Capodano would likely reject my use of the word hero, but that's what he was. a fine book, well worth reading.
Jun 01, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Marylou by: Ed Jones
Learning about the Maryknoll Missionaries in Vietnam. Fr. Vincent R. Capodanno a chaplain in Vietnam is Blessed now ...
Oct 31, 2011 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.
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story about Father Capodanno. A must read!!!!!
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