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Scranton in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Lieutenant Colonel Frank J. Duffy Park

 
 
Lieutenant Colonel Frank J. Duffy Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., October 27, 2019
1. Lieutenant Colonel Frank J. Duffy Park Marker
Inscription.  

Born in Scranton on August 27, 1884, Duffy became Chief of the Electrical Department of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, and President of the Engineer's Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1917, was promoted to Lt. Col. on April 3, 1918 and commanded the 2nd Battalion, 103rd Engineers, which was part of the 28th Infantry. Dubbed the "Iron Division" by General John J. Pershing, Commander and Chief of the American Expeditionary Forces, the 28th Infantry occupied an area near Chateau-Thierry, France.

On August 17, 1918, Lt. Col. Duffy and his motorcycle driver, PFC Frank Fiore, also from Scranton, were killed by enemy mortar fire. Lt. Col. Duffy is the highest ranking officer from Lackawanna County killed in action during the Great War.

Duffy is buried near Chateau-Thierry at Oise-Aisne American Cemetery. His comrades proudly nicknamed him The Fighting Colonel. Indeed, it was widely remarked at the time of his death that Duffy's superior officers considered "the Fighting Colonel" worth 500 men!

The historical notes of the 28th Division state: "In his death the Division

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and Regiment lost a splendid soldier, an efficient officer and a man whose leadership had been an inspiration to the Command."
 
Erected 2019.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & PatriotismRailroads & StreetcarsScience & MedicineWar, World I. A significant historical date for this entry is April 3, 1918.
 
Location. 41° 23.949′ N, 75° 39.172′ W. Marker is in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in Lackawanna County. Marker is on Harrison Avenue north of Moosic Street (Pennsylvania Route 307), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Scranton PA 18505, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colonel Frank J. Duffy Memorial Park (within shouting distance of this marker); The Harrison Avenue Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of First Catholic Church in Scranton (approx. 0.3 miles away); War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); 9/11 Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Pavilion at Nay Aug Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Jacob and the Angel (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scranton.
 
Lieutenant Colonel Frank J. Duffy Park and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., October 27, 2019
2. Lieutenant Colonel Frank J. Duffy Park and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 27, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 249 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 27, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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