This triangle in Williamsburg honors 16 neighborhood men who gave their lives in the Vietnam War (1964-1975). Private Michael Sessa Jr. lends his name to this park, along with World War I (1914-1918) Sergeant George G. Badame.
Private Michael Sessa, Jr. (1948-1967), a Brooklyn native, was killed in Pleiku, Vietnam on May 18, 1967. His tour of duty began only eight months earlier, at the age of eighteen. New York City native Sergeant George G. Badame (1896-1955) enlisted on October 4, 1915 and served in Company E, Twelfth Infantry of the National Guard during the Mexican Border Campaign (1916-1917) in World War I. Promoted to the rank of Sergeant, he transferred to the 52nd Pioneer Infantry. In 1918-1919, he served in the Meuse-Argonne defensive sector in France, where he was wounded. After receiving a Purple Heart for his brave service, Badame was released by reason of demobilization, and went on to serve on the Draft Board.