Navy Seaman Edward Kittredge was just 23 when he died, killed in action during World War II. He received the Purple Heart and was buried at sea with full military honors. No tomb marks his grave, yet his influence lives on, especially for the man who shares his name.
“I am the brother he never met,” says Edward “Skip” Kittredge ’67, who was born two years after his oldest brother died and named in his honor. “Ed’s presence was always part of our family, and being the youngest, I always looked up to him as a war hero.”
At Lowell Tech, Kittredge followed his older brother into the service, enlisting in the Air Force ROTC. He also joined the Pershing Rifles Squadron N-12 and served as commanding officer during his senior year. Following his military service, he went on to a successful career as a health care executive.
“Pershing Rifles provided me with real leadership opportunities and lasting friendships,” Kittredge says. In 2012, together with other Pershing alumni, he founded the Pershing Fund, which provides interest-free loans to student veterans. “The Pershing Fund is our legacy at UMass Lowell,” he says.
Now, Kittredge has created a new legacy, this time honoring his war hero brother. The Edward F. Kittredge, USN, Pershing Memorial Scholarship will benefit undergraduates who are military veterans.
“My passion is helping military vets finish their education at UMass Lowell,” Kittredge says. “Establishing a scholarship seemed like the perfect way to ensure that Ed’s name and service will endure.”