John A. Litton, USN
The inscription indicates (1) JOHN A. LITTON, (2) entered service from VIRGINIA and (3) his highest rating was Yeoman Second Class (YN2). The dates, of course, are those of his birth and death.
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You might hire a local to go by once a week and mow and/or tidy up for a few dollars a month.
If you can persuade several family members to chip in, so much the better. You can pay the guy a decent fee and individual shares would be within reason.