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Lakeville Journal

KENT — Seventy-four years, six months and 11 days after his death, family, veterans, townspeople and others from far and near gathered in First Congregational Church on Saturday, June 18, to pay homage to Naval Ensign Joseph Parker Hittorff Jr. and welcome his remains to their final resting place after a long journey and many years.

Born in Kingston, N.J., on Dec. 2, 1916, Hittorff lived in Springfield, Mass., for a short time before moving with his family to Westmont, N.J., where he attended high school. 

In June 1936 he entered the U.S. Naval Academy. After his...