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BISSANTI, Joseph Elio Of Bedford on June 30, 2014. Born January 23, 1921 in Manfredonia, Italy to the late Vincent and Catherine Bissanti of Franklin, MA. Four months old on arrival to the US, he became a US citizen with his father in 1927. He graduated from Admiral Farragut Academy in 1938 and won a competitive principal appointment to the US Naval Academy, from which he graduated with rank of Ensign, USN in 1943. He served as Assistant Gunnery Officer, USS Hailey (DD556) a unit of Destroyer Squadron 47, which as part of a small naval force of destroyers, destroyer escorts and escort carriers fought heroically against a powerful Japanese Central Force of battleships, cruisers and destroyers in the Battle Off Samar. On board the Hailey, 14 September 1943 to December 1945, he participated in major Pacific capture and occupation operations from Kwjulein to Leyte Landings. His vessel also supported Third and Fifth Fleet Operations and participated in the assault and occupation of Iwo Jima. In June 1946 he married Margaret McNaughton of Wanaque, NJ. After the USS Hailey his assignments included: XO, USS James C. Owens (DD776); First Lieutenant Staff, Cruiser Minelayer USS Terror (CM5); Commanding Officer, USS (LSM397) 1948 - 1949; assistant Professor of Naval Science, NROTC Unit, University of Pennsylvania, 1949; XO, USS Huse (DE145) 1951 - 1952. He was honorably discharged from the US Navy 20 April 1952 by reason of service-connected disability. His civilian work record includes: Gibbs and Cox, Naval Architects, NYC 1953 - 1956; Vitro Research Laboratory, West Orange, NJ, 1956 - 1964. During 1960 -1962 he was consultant to ONR on Artic Operations studies; Underwater Systems Laboratory, ACF Electronics Division, Paramus, NJ, 1964 - 1966; Raytheon Company Equipment System Division, Wayland, MA, participating in sea and land Military Defense Systems, 1966 to his retirement in 1983. Mr. Bissanti was an experienced pianist. He enjoyed working on his own classical compositions. In addition to his wife of 68 years (June 6, 1946), he is survived by his son Joseph Michael; four daughters: Ann Qutab, Catherine, Elizabeth Cellucci, Virginia Barbati; eight grandchildren; two great grandchildren; three sisters: Rose Ryan, Barbara Graziani, Vincentina Odoardi; and two brothers: Matthew and Edward. Funeral from Shawsheen Funeral Home, 281 Great Rd., BEDFORD on Thurs. July 3, 2014 at 11am followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Michael's Church, 90 Concord Rd., Bedford at 12 Noon. Burial to follow in Shawsheen Cemetery, Bedford. Funeral Home visiting hours on Wed. July 2, 2014 from 4pm to 7pm. Relatives and friends invited. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Michael's Parish, 90 Concord Rd., Bedford, MA 01730. More info and directions: www.shawsheenfuneralhome.com
Published in The Boston Globe on July 2, 2014
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