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Times Square and Lt. Col. Francis Duffy


On my awesome trip to New York, which I’ve been blogging about here and here, I got to visit Times Square!IMG_1058
I saw a very interesting thing there—this Cross.IMG_1093
This Cross commemorates Lt. Col. Francis Duffy, the most decorated chaplain in US military history. Lt. Col. Duffy, an Irish Catholic, served with the 69th Infantry/165th Infantry in the Spanish-American War, and in Europe during World War I. IMG_1102
The following is from SixtyNinth.net:

He was most often found along the front lines hearing confessions and saying Mass, as well as visiting and counseling the soldiers. It was by his “ministry of presence” that he had his greatest influence and became an almost a legendary figure. Once the fighting began, he often traveled with a unit first-aid station, providing physical and spiritual care to the wounded and the dying. His presence on the battlefield was inspirational. Duffy was always near the heaviest fighting, exposing himself to constant danger as he moved from unit to unit. His decorations included the Distinguished Service Cross and the Distinguished Service Medal.

Closer up.IMG_1105 IMG_1106
And there’s a statue of Lt. Col. Duffy on the other side.IMG_1107 IMG_1108
Holding a Bible.
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It’s so neat that this brave man of God is commemorated in this special, public way!

Read more about Lt. Col. Duffy at NYC Parks and SixtyNinth.

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The Lost Jewel


In 1867, while working on a rented piece of land in Wisconsin, Charles Woods found a stone he mistook for quartz or topaz. It was, in fact, the 16-carat Eagle Diamond. Woods kept the diamond until he had to sell it because of financial reasons—for $1. Samuel Boyton, who acquired it, had it examined, found it to be a real diamond, and sold it to Tiffany’s for almost $800. Following World War 1, JP Morgan purchased the Eagle Diamond and donated it to New York’s Museum of Natural History. One fall day, three burglars broke in through a bathroom window and stole the diamond, as well as numerous other gems. They were quickly captured and most of the jewels were recovered, with the exception of the Eagle Diamond. Experts believe that it was resold and cut up, as it has never been recovered.

Five views of the Eagle diamond

Source: Hamilton Jewelers 

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