Navy and Marine Corps divers have recovered the bodies of all 10 missing USS John S. McCain sailors killed in a collision last week, the Navy said Monday.
The Yokosuka-based guided-missile destroyer was traveling to Singapore for a routine port visit when it collided with a Liberian-flagged oil tanker, injuring five sailors and leaving 10 missing.
The Navy previously announced it had recovered the bodies of Petty Officer 3rd Class Dustin Louis Doyon, 26, of Connecticut, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Kenneth Aaron Smith, 22, of New Jersey.
Monday morning’s statement said the following sailors’ remains had been found:
Petty Officer 1st Class Charles Nathan Findley, 31, of Missouri
Petty Officer 1st Class Abraham Lopez, 39, of Texas
Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin Sayer Bushell, 26, of Maryland
Petty Officer 2nd Class Jacob Daniel Drake, 21, of Ohio
Petty Officer 2nd Class Timothy Thomas Eckels Jr., 23, of Maryland
Petty Officer 2nd Class Corey George Ingram, 28, of New York
Petty Officer 3rd Class John Henry Hoagland III, 20, of Texas
Petty Officer 3rd Class Logan Stephen Palmer, 23, of Illinois
The Navy is investigating the causes of the crash between the destroyer and the Alnic MC merchant vessel that happened Aug. 21 in waters just east of Singapore.
Four of the injured sailors, who had been flown from the ship to a Singapore hospital to be treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, have returned to their unit, the service said last week. The fifth injured sailor did not require further medical treatment after the collision.
The Navy deployed the amphibious-assault ship USS America to Singapore to aid the McCain crew. The America deployed MV-22 Ospreys and SH-60 Seahawk helicopters to assist with the search as well as divers to search flooded compartments of the ship. The America also helped feed and accommodate the destroyer’s crew.
Navy officials announced Sunday that the America had wrapped up its McCain support and was returning to its scheduled missions. Surviving McCain crew members will continue to receive support from the U.S. military community in Singapore.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A 40-foot-tall (12 meters) cross-shaped war memorial standing on public land in Maryland does not constitute government endorsement of religion, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in a decision that leaves unanswered questions about the boundaries of the U.S. Constitution's separation of church and state.
The justices were divided on many of the legal issues but the vote was 7-2 to overturn a lower court ruling that had declared the so-called Peace Cross in Bladensburg unconstitutional in a legal challenge mounted by the American Humanist Association, a group that advocates for secular governance. The concrete cross was erected in 1925 as a memorial to troops killed in World War One.
The ruling made it clear that a long-standing monument in the shape of a Christian cross on public land was permissible but the justices were divided over whether other types of religious displays and symbols on government property would be allowed. Those issues are likely to come before the court in future cases.