Sailors Who Died in McCain Collision Receive Posthumous Promotions

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Navy has posthumously promoted the 10 USS John S. McCain sailors who were killed Aug. 21 when the guided-missile destroyer collided with a merchant ship just east of Singapore.

The Navy announced the following promotions Thursday:

  • Charles Nathan Findley, 31, of Kansas City, Mo., was posthumously advanced to chief petty officer.
  • Abraham Lopez, 39, of El Paso, Texas, was posthumously advanced to chief petty officer.
  • Kevin Sayer Bushell, 26, of Gaithersburg, Md., was posthumously advanced to petty officer first class.
  • Corey George Ingram, 28, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., was posthumously advanced to petty officer first class.
  • Jacob Daniel Drake, 21, of Cable, Ohio, was posthumously advanced to petty officer second class. Drake had been selected for promotion and authorized to wear the rank of a second class petty officer, but had not yet been advanced.
  • Timothy Thomas Eckels Jr., 23, of Manchester, Md., was posthumously advanced to petty officer second class. Eckels had been selected for promotion and authorized to wear the rank of a second class petty officer, but had not yet been advanced.
  • Dustin Louis Doyon, 26, of Suffield, Conn., was posthumously advanced to petty officer second class.
  • John Henry Hoagland III, 20, of Killeen, Texas, was posthumously advanced to petty officer second class.
  • Logan Stephen Palmer, 23, of Decatur, Ill., was posthumously advanced to petty officer second class.
  • Kenneth Aaron Smith, 22, from Cherry Hill, N.J., was posthumously advanced to petty officer second class.

To read the full August 31, 2017 article from Stars and Stripes, click here.