Alben Triangle

46 St., 11 Ave., New Utrecht Ave.

Brooklyn

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

This Triangle honors the memory of Bud H. Alben (1896 - 1918), a private in the First Army, 360th Regiment who sacrificed his life during the Saint-Mihiel Offensive in World War I.

Born Binyamin Alben to Russian-Jewish immigrants in New York City, he was raised in Borough Park, Brooklyn where he attended PS 164 and Manual Training High School before trying to enlist several times in the American Expeditionary Forces. He was eventually drafted into the service on April 29, 1918. He was wounded by a shell in an engagement against German machine gun positions in the Bois-le-Pretre on September 13, and died from his wounds on September 21, two months before the Armistice. His commanding officer, Captain Conner, wrote to his parents that Bud was particularly popular because of his sense of humor and ability to entertain his comrades with interesting stories.

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