Texas sailor killed in collision buried with full honors
KILLEEN — A 20-yearold Texas sailor killed when his ship, the USS John McCain, collided with an oil tanker one day before he was to be promoted last month has been buried with full military honors.
Electronics Technician 3rd Class John Henry Hoagland III was buried Thursday in the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen after a funeral service. The Killeen Daily Herald reports Hoagland’s commanding officer, Capt. Victor Granados, and at least 30 sailors attended the funeral.
Hoagland is one of 10 sailors who died Aug. 21 when the McCain and an oil tanker collided near Singapore.
Granados says Hoagland was to be promoted the next day from petty officer third class to petty officer second class. Hoagland was promoted posthumously Thursday in a ceremony before his funeral.
John Henry Hoagland III was promoted posthumously.