NYC Honorary Street Names


William S. Klapach Way (Staten Island)
Present name:None
Location:At the northeast corner of Fillmore Street and Lafayette Avenue
Honoree: William S. Klapach was a U. S. Army combat photographer in World War II. His historic photos included one of the Italian dictator Mussolini, hanging at a gas station in Milan after his execution in April 1945. He also served as a personal guard to U.S. Army generals Dwight D. Eisenhower and George S. Patton. After WWII, he was an electrician and elevator mechanic for the U.S. government, based on Governorís Island, and then a school safety agent for the Board of Education. He was a founder of the North Shore Rescue Squad, a past commander of the Slosson American Legion Post, and long-time active member of the Merrell American Legion Post and Knights of Columbus. (Rose)

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