Chaplain (Capt.) Emil Kapaun (right) and Capt. Jerome A. Dolan, a medical officer with the 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, carry an exhausted Soldier off the battlefield in Korea, early in the war. Kapaun was famous for exposing himself to enemy fire. When his battalion was overrun by a Chinese force in November 1950, rather than take an opportunity to escape, Kapaun voluntarily remained behind to minister to the wounded. In 2013, Kapaun posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions in the battle and later in a prisoner of war camp, where he died in May 1951. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army Center of Military History)

Disaster at Unsan

2 November 2016

In early November 1950, U.S. troops would face Chinese Communist forces for the first time. The ensuing battle was among the Army’s bloodiest, but it was also a time of heroism and compassion.