Ft. Duffy Statute And Yul Brynner Poster Palace Theater Times Square Nyc 1977
David Lee Guss
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"Francis Patrick Duffy (May 2, 1871 - June 27, 1932) was a Canadian American soldier, Roman Catholic priest and military chaplain.
Duffy served as chaplain for the 69th Infantry Regiment (known as the 'Fighting 69th'), a unit of the New York Army National Guard largely drawn from the city's Irish-American and immigrant population. He served in the Spanish-American War (1898), but it is his service on the Western Front in France during World War I (1917-1918) for which he is best known. Duffy, who typically was involved in combat and accompanied litter bearers into the thick of battle to recover wounded soldiers, became the most highly decorated cleric in the history of the United States Army.
Duffy Square, the northern half of New York City's Times Square between 45th and 47th Streets, is named in his honour."
Chaplain Francis P. Duffy was the chaplain for "The Fighting 69th" infantry regiment in WW1. Here in Times Square his statue competes with Yul Brynner (1915-1985) in one of his numerous revivals of "The King & I."
Warner Brothers "69th" was released in January 1940.
This what New York City looked like in color in 1939.
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