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Navy Identifies 10 Sailors Killed or Missing After Collision Off Singapore

Jacob Daniel Drake, 21, an electronics technician, second class, from Cable, Ohio. Petty Officer Drake joined the Navy after high school out of a desire to travel, his sister, Veronica, told The Springfield News-Sun of Ohio. “When I think of Jake I just think of when he’d have all his friends over and they’d be sitting in the living room with their computers, taking stuff apart,” she said. “It’s little things like that. He always had a lot of friends and a lot of people that care about him.”

Last month he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, according to his ship’s Facebook page.

Charles Nathan Findley, 31, an electronics technician, first class, from Amazonia, Mo. Petty Officer Findley liked rebuilding cars and working on computers, said his sister, Amy Winters.

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One American sailor, Kenneth Aaron Smith, 22, from New Jersey, center top, was confirmed dead on Thursday. Nine others from the destroyer John S. McCain were listed as missing: Jacob Daniel Drake, 21, from Ohio, top left; and Charles Nathan Findley, 31, from Missouri, top right. Second row from left: Logan Stephen Palmer, 23, from Illinois; John Henry Hoagland III, 20, from Texas; and Timothy Thomas Eckels Jr., 23, from Maryland. Third row from left: Kevin Sayer Bushell, 26, from Maryland; Dustin Louis Doyon, 26, from Connecticut; and Abraham Lopez, 39, from Texas. The photograph of the ninth missing sailor, Corey George Ingram, 28, was not released. Credit U.S. Navy

“He wanted to make something of himself and make his family proud,” Ms. Winters told Fox 4, a Kansas City television station.

“That is his dream,” she added. “He loved traveling the world with the Navy, and he had so many friends and the Navy truly is his family.”

John Henry Hoagland III, 20, an electronics technician, third class, from Killeen, Tex. Petty Officer Hoagland’s mother said he had wanted to serve in the military since he was a child.

“The first time John said he wanted to serve his country, he was 5,” his mother, Cynthia Kimball, told KTRK, a Houston television station. “It’s the only thing he’s ever wanted to do.”

Corey George Ingram, 28, an information systems technician, second class, from Poughkeepsie, N.Y. A fellow sailor, Chris Eaton, told The Straits Times of Singapore that Petty Officer Ingram made friends wherever he went.

“He was very outgoing, always willing to lend a hand,” Mr. Eaton said. “If we were ever in the same city, we would meet up and go looking for a party. He could befriend anyone in any room — he just had one of those personalities.”

Logan Stephen Palmer, 23, an interior communications electrician, third class, from Decatur, Ill. Aaron Wiggins, a childhood friend, said that Petty Officer Palmer’s family was very proud that he had joined the Navy.

“He’s always been a great person,” Mr. Wiggins told The Chicago Tribune. “He was in Boy Scouts and made it all way to Eagle Scouts. He was a person you knew you could count on. You tell him what you need, and he’d do it.”

Abraham Lopez, 39, an interior communications electrician, first class, from El Paso.

Kevin Sayer Bushell, 26, an electronics technician, second class, from Gaithersburg, Md.

Timothy Thomas Eckels Jr., 23, an information systems technician, second class, from Manchester, Md.

Source: NYT > World

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