Naples Misnames Park, Fixes It 42 Years Later

Used ‘Charles’ instead of ‘Charlie’

“Brothers in Arms”, a sculpture by artist Thomas J. Warren, depicting an American soldier and a South Vietnamese soldier standing back to back, is pictured in Military Park in the Asian District in Oklahoma City, Thursday, July 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — A Florida park that was opened 42 years ago and named after a local war hero used the wrong name.

Charlie C. Anthony was born in Alabama but later moved to Naples, Florida, where he was eventually drafted for the Vietnam War. Naples Daily News cites an army report that says Anthony was killed in an ambush months later while defending allies and attacking enemy forces “with complete disregard to his personal safety.”

Naples created a park in Anthony’s childhood neighborhood years later, only to name it the Charles C. Anthony Park. Forty-nine years to the day Anthony left for duty, the Naples city council issued an order to correct the park’s name. Naples fixed the park’s sign Thursday.


Information from: Naples (Fla.) Daily News,