It’s official: 156th Street between 14th Avenue and Cryders Lane in Whitestone will officially be co-named “CPL. John McHugh Way.”
McHugh, born on March 6, 1924, was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in the First Infantry Division in World War II.
He fought in the Battle of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge.
He would later receive the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the European Theater of Operations Ribbon, two Presidential Unit Citations and more.
McHugh was inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame in 2014, and was honored at the Little Neck – Douglaston Memorial Day Parade.
He passed away on July 21, 2019 at the age of 95.
He lived in Whitestone for over 25 years, which makes the street co-naming a fitting tribute.
The official ceremony for the co-naming will take place in the spring.