William J. Barry, born in the Bronx, served in World War I as a private with the Company C, 328th Infantry. He was killed in action on October 14, 1918. Before leaving for Europe, Barry lived at 923 Longfellow Avenue. In Barry’s neighborhood, all of the streets bear the names of poets. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) was one of the most popular American poets in the 19th century—perhaps best known for “Paul Revere’s Ride.” The poem recounts the story of Paul Revere and his midnight ride, during which he warned Americans of the coming British invasion at the start of the War for Independence.
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