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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

WWII chaplain posthumously honored for bravery

October 26, 2017
In The News

A World War II chaplain who sacrificed himself to help save soldiers on a torpedoed Japanese prison ship has been posthumously honored with two bravery medals.

U.S. Congressman Ralph Abraham presented the Distinguished Service Cross and Purple Heart to relatives of Father Joseph Verbis Lafleur at a ceremony in Opelousas, Louisiana, on October 17, the Catholic News Service reported.

The ceremony was held at St. Landry Catholic Church, where Fr. Lafleur celebrated his first Mass following his ordination in 1938 and was attended by Lafayette Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel senior clergy, local dignitaries, and school children.

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