In the 66 years since Mattituck resident Lillian Wagner-Dykhuis learned that her brother, Edwin Warren Hill, was killed during a disastrous Japanese attack on an aircraft carrier in 1945, not a day has gone by that she hasn’t wanted to learn more about what might have happened during his final moments.

Last summer, while having lunch at the town senior center in Mattituck, she met Southold resident Bob Mallgraf, who was wearing a hat emblazoned with a picture of the U.S.S. Franklin, the ship her brother sailed on. She asked if he’d been on board when it was bombed on March 19, 1945. It turned out he had, and the two formed a fast friendship.

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