Killeen: Service set for local graduate killed in Navy ship collision

Sailor John Hoagland and mother Cynthia Kimball
Sailor John Hoagland and mother Cynthia Kimball(KWTX)
Published: Sep. 7, 2017 at 4:07 PM CDT
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A 2015 graduate of Shoemaker High School in Killeen who was among the 10 sailors who died in a collision between a U.S. Navy destroyer and an oil tanker will be laid to rest in the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.

Electronics Technician 3rd Class John Henry Hoagland III, 20, whose home of record was in Cleveland, north of Houston, was killed in the Aug. 21 collision between the USS John McCain and the tanker between Malaysia and Singapore, which left a gaping hole in the destroyer’s left rear hull and flooded adjacent compartments.

A memorial service for Hoagland will be at 9 a.m. Sept. 14 at the Heritage Funeral Home at 425 East Central Texas Expressway in Harker Heights.

Burial will follow the service.

A second sailor from Texas, Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class Abraham Lopez, 39, of El Paso, was also among the dead.

He graduated from Irvin High School in El Paso and enlisted in the Navy in 1997

Hoagland and Lopez "represent the best Texas has to offer," Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement in which he extended condolences to his family.

WASHINGTON (AP)-- Adm. William Moran, the vice chief of Navy Operations, told a congressional panel Thursday that the hectic pace of operations and constrained military budget dont excuse deadly warship accidents in the Pacific region, such as the one involving the USS John McCain.

"We shouldn't be and cannot be colliding with other ships and running aground, he said.

The Navy has launched an intensive review of the collisions in June and August as well as two earlier incidents.