Ex-POW: Medal of Honor recipient "was a selfless man"

Arlington, Va. If you happened to come across Herbert Miller in a grocery store you'd probably never look twice. He's just a slight 86-year-old with a slight tremble in his hands.

You wouldn't think D-Day; you wouldn't see the young Army paratrooper who jumped into Normandy. Nor would you think about the Korean War. Yet Miller fought there too.

In November 1950, Miller lay in a ditch in North Korea, his ankle broken, his leg muscles flayed from the impact of an enemy grenade. A North Korean soldier found him there and raised his rifle to shoot Miller between the eyes. That's when Army Chaplain Father Emil Kapaun stepped in and pushed the North Korean away.

Father Kapaun, who Thursday was awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor, picked up Miller and carried him through what became known as the Tiger Death March, American POWs being herded to a prison camp miles away. Kapaun ministered to the men in that camp, stealing food for them and lifting their spirits with prayer and pep talks.

In this interview (above) with CBS News Correspondent David Martin, Miller described the moment Father Kapaun stopped the North Korean soldier.

  • Mary Walsh

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