Barclay Triangle

102 St. bet. Astoria Blvd. and 31 Ave.


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

Located at the intersection of Astoria Boulevard, 31st Avenue, and 102nd Street, this triangle pays tribute to the memory of Liev Barclay (1897-1917), a native of Queens who died in the First World War. At the age of nineteen, Barclay left the United States for France, hoping to see action in the First World War. He served first with the American Ambulance Corps, and then with the LaFayette Flying Corps. The LaFayette Flying Corps, an organization of American and French financiers and professionals, was created to assist young Americans such as Barclay in enlisting in the French Aviation Service. In 1916, Barclay joined the Escadrille Lafayette, or Lafayette Squadron. For his distinguished service, he received many citations, including the Medal of the Ligne Internationale des Aviateurs, or the International Legion of Aviators Medal, the LaFayette Flying Corps Medal, and the Croix de Guerre, one of the highest awards for valor in the French military. On June 1, 1917, Liev Bar…

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