NYC Resources311Office of the Mayor

Sgt. William Dougherty Playground

Vandervoort Ave. bet. Cherry St. and Anthony St.

Brooklyn

Directions via Google Maps

This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

This playground honors neighborhood resident Sergeant William T. Dougherty (d. 1944), a United States Marine of the 155th Infantry, 27th Division who fought and died in the World War II (1939-1945) Battle of Saipan.

America entered World War II after the Japanese Empire bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. After several years of naval skirmishes, battles, and island-hopping amphibious assaults, the United States and her British ally had managed to push Japan’s forces back towards their home islands. Servicemen taking part in the Allied invasion of the island of Saipan, however, saw some of the bloodiest fighting of the war from an enemy that refused to surrender. Twenty thousand United States Marines, including Sergeant William T. Dougherty, came ashore on Saipan on June 15, 1944 with orders to wrest control of the island from the Japanese. The Japanese had controlled Saipan since 1920, and fought tenaciously.

Read More

Park Information

Directions to Sgt. William Dougherty Playground

  • Sgt. William Dougherty Playground

Sgt. William Dougherty Playground Weather

  • Tue
    Mostly Sunny
    89°F
  • Wed
    Sunny
    87°F
  • Thu
    Sunny
    84°F
  • Fri
    Sunny
    85°F

7-day forecast

Was this information helpful?