This is a great email. For your Just Too Cool file!
RE: the Combat Rosaries, I received mine (ordered several for family members) today and, holding them, recalled how blessed I was in July 2010 to attend the Catholic burial (with full honors) at Arlington of Private Thomas Costello, an Irishman from New York assigned to the 5th ID, KIA 16 Sept 1918 (!) [!] in the St Mihiel offensive. He and two other GIs had been found, 90 years after their death, by a group French men & women whose metal detectors sensed the Rosary beads PVT Costello had on him. HERE
I asked the surviving family member – DOD was able to locate (a nephew) – what the Rosary looked like — alas, it was of blue beads so not a GI one, but still thought you would appreciate knowing of him – R.I.P. [Do I hear an “Amen!”?] – and how well-made Sacramentals typically were back then, to survive such conditions.
Thank you for that.
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