USS McCain Victims: Remembering the Missing Sailors


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The USS McCain (l) and Kenneth Aaron Smith, the sailor whose remains were recovered. 9 others are still missing.

The U.S. Navy has identified one sailor who died in the USS McCain disaster, and has also released the names of the nine sailors who remain missing.

The sailor whose remains were recovered was identified as Electronics Technician 3rd Class Kenneth Aaron Smith, 22, from New Jersey. According to, Smith was born in Novi, Michigan and both his father and grandfather served in the U.S. Navy. Smith worked “in radar technology aboard the McCain and writes science fiction in his spare time,” the newspaper reported.

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Kenneth Aaron Smith.

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His mother wrote on Facebook on August 21 when he was still missing, “We’re all rooting for you Kenneth. The entire country is rooting for you.” On Facebook, Smith wrote, “I work all day and work slightly less all night. Hooya.”

“After more than 80 hours of multinational search efforts, the U.S. Navy suspended search and rescue efforts for missing USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) Sailors in an approximately 2,100-square mile area east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore,” the Navy reported in a press release.

Ten sailors went missing “following a collision between the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and the Liberian-flagged merchant vessel Alnic MC August 21,” according to the Navy.

The cause remains under investigation and divers are continuing search efforts inside flooded compartments within the ship. The disaster came just two months after a similar incident between a merchant ship and USS Fitzgerald led to multiple sailors’ deaths. The Navy has since relieved Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, the three-star commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet, of his command, citing a loss of confidence.

Here are the names and photos of all of the sailors still missing from the USS McCain:

Charles Nathan Findley

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Charles Nathan Findley.

Electronics Technician 1st Class Charles Nathan Findley, 31, was from Missouri.

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Abraham Lopez

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Abraham Lopez.

Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class Abraham Lopez, 39, was from Texas.

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A woman who knew Lopez wrote on Facebook, “I am so sad.. I was stationed with IC1 Lopez on my last ship before I got out on the USS BOXER.. I can’t say anything bad about him.. He was always smiling and joking.. He was always helpful in anyway he could.”

Another friend wrote, “I remember i first met him in okinawa. I went to his room to wake him up we were flying out to the ship his hair was in a spikey mohawk look like he came off of leave. Great guy always happy and willing to help. Rest easy brother.”

Kevin Sayer Bushell

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Kevin Sayer Bushell.

Electronics Technician 2nd Class Kevin Sayer Bushell, 26, was from Maryland.

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Wrote one man on Facebook, “This hits me hard. I went to A school with this hero. Rest in peace, man…”

Jacob Daniel Drake

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Jacob Daniel Drake.

Electronics Technician 2nd Class Jacob Daniel Drake, 21, was from Ohio.

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Timothy Thomas Eckels Jr.

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Timothy Thomas Eckels Jr.

Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Timothy Thomas Eckels Jr., 23, was from Maryland.

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Corey George Ingram

Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Corey George Ingram, 28, was from New York.

A friend wrote on Facebook of Ingram, “We were shipmates on board the USS Nassau. I still remember the convos we had on the smoke deck and going out together in Spain and Bahrain.”

Dustin Louis Doyon

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Dustin Louis Doyon.

Electronics Technician 3rd Class Dustin Louis Doyon, 26, was from Connecticut.

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John Henry Hoagland III

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John Henry Hoagland III.

Electronics Technician 3rd Class John Henry Hoagland III, 20, was from Texas.

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Logan Stephen Palmer

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Logan Palmer.

Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Logan Stephen Palmer, 23, was from Illinois.

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