On September 13, 2016 at Yankee Stadium during the 7th inning of Yankees vs Dodgers game there will be a special ceremony honoring North Brooklyn’s own Joseph San Pietro’s service in World War II. He served honorably as a member of the US Army’s 241st Signal Operations Company. It was due to the suggestion by the Father Edward Giorgio Catholic War Veterans Post (on Lorimer) that the Yankees selected Mr. San Pietro for this honor.
Joseph San Pietro has lived in North Brooklyn all his 95 years and currently resides on Conselyea Street. He enlisted in the Army in November of 1942 and served in Oahu, Okinawa, Ascom City (as part of the South Korea occupation forces), in addition to stateside service. He received an honorable discharge in February 1946 with the rank of sergeant. He then joined the NYPD. From 1951–1971 he was assigned to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office Squad for NY County, and in 1969 he was the arresting officer of Joe Colombo, head of the Columbo crime family.
Mr. San Pietro was officially honored by Father Edward Giorgio Catholic War Veterans Post and Assemblyman Lentol in 2012. “Mr. San Pietro fought in the Pacific Rim during World War II and his courage and bravery are what heroes are made of. When I think of Mr. San Pietro four words come to mind, For God and Country. No one epitomizes these four words more than Mr. San Pietro,” stated Lentol at the time.
Come out and cheer on Joseph San Pietro at the Yankees vs Dodgers game on September 13, 2016! It’s also knit cap night! To purchase tickets go to the New York Yankees website: http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com