Sgt. Joseph E. Schaefer Oval

Joseph Edward Schaefer (1918-1987) was a lifelong resident of Richmond Hill. He distinguished himself in World War II for having repelled, almost single-handedly, a Nazi attack on American troops positioned near Stolberg, Germany. Staff Sergeant Schaefer received the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945 for his defensive actions. Schaefer later fought in the Korean War, before returning to Richmond Hill.


"Forest Park - Sgt. Joseph E. Schaefer Oval," New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, accessed September 30, 2023,

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Congressional Medal of Honor Society, "Joseph Edward Schaefer," accessed on September 8, 2023,