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Only In Print: WWII Hero Comes Home For His Final Rest

Lt. Heffernan is pictured during his wartime service. (Photo: Courtesy of Andrew McVeigh)

MIDDLE VILLAGE — A burial nearly 80 years in the making took place at St. John’s Cemetery in Middle Village on Saturday, Nov. 19.  

And when Lt. John J. Heffernan Jr., a bomber pilot killed in World War II, was finally laid to rest, it was a testament to his family’s determination — that spanned generations — to pay him the final tribute he deserved.

Heffernan, a St. John’s University graduate who enlisted in the Army Air Corps, was killed…

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