Anthony V. Manago was a World War II veteran who was killed in action in the Battle of Iwo Jima. The son of Italian immigrants, Manago was born in Brooklyn in 1921, baptized at St. Lucy’s, and attended P.S. 157, Boys High, and St. Thomas the Apostle.
Soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Manago enlisted in the Marines. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation with ribbon bar and star, Victory Medal World War II, and Asiatic–Pacific Campaign Medal.
On April 20, 1948, Mayor William O’Dwyer remembered him as a veteran “who so honorably gave his life that others might enjoy peace and freedom.” On September 28, 1956, the Anthony V. Manago Memorial Post 1816 in Bedford-Stuyvesant was issued a permanent charter by the American Legion.
In 2006, Community Board 3 recognized Manago's sacrifice by voting to rename Taaffe Playground after him. However, then-Speaker Christine Quinn refused to permit a City Council vote on the proposal.
“USMC Anthony V. Manago Park” is located on Taaffe Place between Myrtle and Park avenues on the border of Bedford-Stuyvesant and Clinton Hill border. Please visit the one and only “Invisible Veterans Park” in New York City.
Joseph N. Manago
Editor's Note: The writer is the nephew of Anthony Manago.