Julius P. Pignataro Ballfield
This ballfield is named in honor of Julius P. Pignataro, a Private First Class who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service of this country as a member of the US Army while deployed to Vietnam’s Kontum Province in 1969.
Pignataro was a native of Ozone Park, and attended John Adams High School and worked as a clerk in the post office at John F. Kennedy Airport. He was called into service in June 1968, and was killed March 28 defending a helicopter landing area. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, a Purple Heart, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Vietnam Service Medal.
The park’s single ballfield was named in 1999 for Pignataro. The site received a new irrigation system in 2001 to create a healthy grass baseball diamond for Ozone park ball players.