Remains of second missing sailor identified — USS McCain collision


Despite calling off the ocean search, the Navy's 7th Fleet said divers will continue to search flooded compartments inside USS McCain.

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

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

The collision caused significant hull damage, with flooding in berthing compartments as well as machinery and communication rooms, the Navy said. "And every year we've had to make tough choices often choosing to sacrifice long-term readiness to make sure we be ready to answer the call today".

Aucoin, a career flight officer, served in five fighter squadrons and flew in more than 150 combat missions, according to Navy biographies.

A top U.S. Navy official announced that some remains of sailors had been found in a compartment on the ship, but not much else is known. The U.S. Navy has confirmed the worst.

The surviving shipmates and the bereaved families have our sympathy and our thanks for the service of those who have died.

Two other ships have also crashed this year.

On the USS Vella Gulf, Votel met one young man whose friend was among the missing in the McCain collision.

The move follows four Navy accidents in the Pacific since late January, including two collisions that left sailors dead and missing. A report by NBC 5 in Chicago says he was a respected member of the Eagle Scouts. Smith grew up in Novi, Michigan, and moved to Norfolk, Virginia, as a teen with his father. He listed Cherry Hill as his hometown on Facebook.

Hoagland loved his job and the people he worked with, she said.

"Everybody I know is praying for him and pulling for him", Gregg said. "I want to know where he is, but I don't know what to think anymore", Kimball told KPRC.

Corey George Ingram, of Poughkeepsie, was an information systems technician for the Navy. Palmer earned a National Defense Service Medal in the time he served.

"This is heartbreaking", Maloney said.

A recruiter steered him toward the Navy. Before serving on the USS John S. McCain, he served on the USS Boxer and the USS Curtis Wilbur.

This is the second incident involving a Navy warship and a merchant vessel in about two months. They are expected to be OK.

The days of anxious waiting are over.

Right now, he said, he misses his younger brother. "We're staying positive here and we are not going to let this situation get the best of us". Dave Kurtz, executive officer of the USS Nimitz, said.