The remains of all 10 missing sailors from the USS John S McCain have been recovered, the US 7th Fleet Public Affairs office said this morning (Aug 28).
On Friday, The Straits Times reported that there were still eight sailors missing after a second sailor’s remains were recovered and identified.
The 10 fallen sailors are:
- Electronics Technician 1st Class Charles Nathan Findley, 31, from Amazonia, Missouri
- Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class Abraham Lopez, 39, from El Paso, Texas
- Electronics Technician 2nd Class Kevin Sayer Bushell, 26, from Gaithersburg, Maryland
- Electronics Technician 2nd Class Jacob Daniel Drake, 21, from Cable, Ohio
- Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Timothy Thomas Eckels Jr., 23, from Manchester, Maryland
- Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Corey George Ingram, 28, from Poughkeepsie, New York
- Electronics Technician 3rd Class Dustin Louis Doyon, 26, from Suffield, Connecticut
- Electronics Technician 3rd Class John Henry Hoagland III, 20, from Killeen, Texas
- Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Logan Stephen Palmer, 23, from Decatur, Illinois
- Electronics Technician 3rd Class, Kenneth Aaron Smith, 22, from Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
The sailors had gone missing after the warship collided with oil tanker Alnic MC in waters east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on Aug 21.
Five other navy sailors were injured in the incident.
In June, the USS Fitzgerald collided with a freighter off Japan, killing seven American sailors.
UPDATE: On Monday (Aug 28) afternoon, Singapore’s Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said in a Facebook post that there was “some comfort” that the bodies of all 10 sailors have been recovered.
He said: “We hope and pray that this final closure will help their bereaved families through this difficult period. May their souls rest in peace.”