January 2024

A Winning Ticket

A Winning Ticket (excerpt) Shortly after ordination, I was assigned to St. Mary of the Eternal parish in North Philadelphia. The church was built to serve Italian Catholics living between Erie Avenue and Girard Avenue, from Broad Street to the Schuylkill River, who wished to belong where their language and culture held sway. My interest

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Tiger Burning

Tiger Burning Angelo Crapanzano has a set of feeler gauges — narrow, thin strips of gunmetal gray steel with various markings — in his memorabilia book. They are arranged to spell “US Navy LST 507.” The feeler gauges and the smashed, faceless remains of a watch he was wearing on the night of April 28,

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Man Overboard

Man Overboard Lou Putnoky Coast Guard veteran Lou Putnoky of Edison, New Jersey, was a crew member on the USS Bayfield, which was the flagship of the Utah Beach invasion fleet on D-Day. When I called to ask if I could interview him in 1994, his wife answered the phone. Lou wasn’t in, she said.

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