West Babylon native Joseph Armato died serving his country during a battle in Quand Ngal Province in Vietnam in 1970. He was 20.
This past Saturday, his community honored his life and service by renaming a street after him.
Going forward, Manhattan Avenue— located between Little East Neck Road and Hampton Road—now can be referred to as PFC Salvatore Joseph Armato Avenue.
The block is 50 yards away from where Armato grew up as child.
Neighborhood members, elected officials, and Armato’s family celebrated the name change.
“As an official ‘Proud Purple Heart Town,’ the Town of Babylon remains committed to honoring our veterans of all foreign wars and conflicts,” said Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer. “Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez, Retired Lieutenant Colonel and Councilwoman Jackie Gordon, the rest of the Town Board and I are honored to recognize Manhattan Avenue as Private First Class Salvatore Joseph Armato Avenue in remembrance of his sacrifice.”
New York State assemblyman Mike LiPetri, Suffolk County legislator Kevin McCaffrey, members of the West Babylon VFW and Lions Club and event organizer, Thomas Lano, were also in attendance.
Top: The renaming ceremony honoring PFC Salvatore Joseph Armato (courtesy).