Texas sailor killed in col­li­sion buried with full hon­ors

Houston Chronicle - - CITY | STATE - From staff and wire re­ports

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.

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