This triangle honors Vietnam veteran Cosmo L. Barone (1944-1971), a lifetime resident of Bergen Beach, Brooklyn who belonged to the Knights of Columbus, the Bergen Beach Civic Association, and St. Bernard’s Church.
Barone, a private in the United States Army, arrived in Vietnam in October 1965 and was wounded a month later. Recovered by February 1966, Barone was returned to active duty combat status. On April 30, 1966 Barone was once again injured. This time paralyzed from the waist down and partially blind, he received medical treatment in Vietnam, returned to the United States in May 1966 and spent the next three years recovering at Kingsborough V.A. Hospital. In 1969, after three years of recuperation, Cosmo Barone was able to return to his family. For his service to his country and his wounds in battle Barone received three Purple Hearts with oak clusters, signifying gallantry and multiple wounds received. Barone also received a Vietnam War Medal for his time served. Never fully recovered from his wounds, Barone died on April 20, 1971.
Located at the intersection of Avenue U, Veterans Avenue, and 71st Street, the site was named Barone Triangle in 1982 by a local law. In 1999, Mayor Giuliani gave $56,277 for replanting of the triangle. The triangle is paved with Belgian stones and has four maple trees (Acer spp.) and one London planetree (Platanus x acerifolia).