KWVA to Honor Chaplain Emeritus Fr. Len Stegman at Convention
"Here I am O Lord, I want to do Your Will.
This has been the personal motto of Fr. Len Stegman since his ordination on June 23, 1943. Father Len entered the U. S. Army Chaplain Corps in 1948; serving in Europe, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and at the Pentagon.
He received a Purple Heart, two Silver Stars, three Legion of Merit, a Bronze Service Medal, a Meritorious Service Medal, and various other awards during his military service. He retired in 1977 as a full Colonel. One of his stories of serving in Korea is a featured article in the book "Blessings from the Battlefield" (edited by Thomas R. O'Brien, published by Our Sunday Visitor Publishing).
Today at 90, Fr. Stegman celebrates the Mass at Randolph AFB, Lackland AFB and serves as Chaplain Emeritus - Military Order of the Purple Heart and Chaplain Emeritus - Korean War Veterans Association. He also serves Mass at the Incarnate Word Village where he now resides.
Korean War Veterans Association National President, Louis T. Dechert recognized this Priest Hero with a Proclamation declaring June 3rd 2007 as "The Korean War Veterans Association's Father Leonard F. Stegman Day." He will also be recognized at their National Convention (3 days before Priesthood Sunday), with a small multi-media presentation focused on his response to the Call to the Priesthood and service to soldiers.