Lieut. Bill Funchess, Former POW, Remembers His Friend Fr. Emil Kapaun

Lieut. William Funchess

Lieutenant William Funchess leaned forward in his chair, recounting a story he's told many times before--a story of harsh beatings and cold nights, long marches and cruel guards, and the friendship of one humble priest. Funchess is older now, but his memories of the three years he spent in the Pyoktong prison camp during the Korean War are clear. He talked with me in his home in Clemson, South Carolina, sharing stories of stealing food and melting snow to supplement the scant rations provided … [Read more...]