Army Chaplain (Capt.) Francis Duffy, Regimental Chaplain of the 165th Infantry Regiment, the Army’s famous “Fighting 69th” Irish regiment. Father Duffy would go on to serve as the division chaplain for the Army’s 42nd Infantry “Rainbow Division” in 1918. Photo courtesy of the New York State Military Museum.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – March 7, 1918 was the day the New York National Guardsmen of the 69th Infantry Regiment, New York City’s “Fighting 69th,” experienced their first major combat loss. A German artillery barrage landed directly on a dugout position of the regiment’s 2nd Battalion, killing 21 Soldiers and launching a frantic rescue effort […]
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — As February 1918 began the National Guardsmen of 26 states who made up the Army’s 42nd Infantry “Rainbow” Division in World War I were under tremendous pressure to quickly learn how to fight in the trenches that ran from Switzerland to the English Channel. The French Army had suffered terribly in […]