Soldier’s World War II Helmet Will Come Home to Sag Harbor – New York News

Soldier’s World War II Helmet Will Come Home to Sag Harbor – New York News

Cathy Santacroce-Worwetz holds a photo of her father, Frank Santacroce, wearing a helmet in World War II that turned up at a flea market in Pennsylvania, which will soon be returned to her possession. Christine Sampson photo

By Christine Sampson

Far-flung objects sometimes have an improbable way of finding their way back home to Sag Harbor.

In January, the military officer’s sword belonging to Sag Harbor veteran Daniel F. Mulvihill, whose career in the United States Navy spanned the Spanish-American War to World War II, was returned to his heirs after it was stolen from his home about 50 years ago. Although its whereabouts for most of that time remain a mystery, the sword — with a sharkskin handle and a gold-plated hilt — turned up in a local online police property auction in December.

Also notable was the return of not one but two misplaced rings to the possession of a Sag Harbor newlywed who had, on separate occasions, lost a high school graduation ring and his platinum wedding band. They were both returned to him — his high school ring, lost in 1988 after a jolly night out in Binghamton and returned in 2009, and his wedding band, lost after a swim in Cutchogue in 2007 and returned by a professional beachcomber with a metal detector in 2011.

And soon, Cathy Santacroce-Worwetz will get the chance to touch and hold the helmet that her father, the late Frank Santacroce, wore during his World War II tours in Italy, northern Africa, France and Germany…

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