A Cherry Hill police cruiser was in front of the house and an officer asked a reporter to respect the family’s request for privacy. but I didn’t want to pry, especially since they were probably bringing them the news,” said Vicky Korman, who lives nearby.
Cherry Hill police parked outside the family home of Kenneth Aaron Smith, a sailor who was killed in the collision between the destroyer John S. Police said they were there to protect the family’s privacy. Korman, 75, a retired food service worker, said the family moved in about two years ago and she didn’t know the young sailor.
“He truly loved his family, the Navy, and his shipmates.
He will be greatly missed, and I am thankful we had 22 wonderful years together,” the elder Smith said.
Another neighbor, John Kontovrakis, also said he didn’t know Smith’s family, but expressed sorrow at his death.
“You go to do your duty to your country, and you lose your life,” said Kontovrakis, 83, who said he was a sailor when he lived in Greece and then spent 10 years in the Merchant Marine. There’s so much equipment out there that it’s hard to hit anything. ” At Cherry Hill East, Kenneth Smith was a member of the video game club for two years and served as president his senior year, according to his yearbook profile, which included the quote: “Life is a game; the question is, do you have the controller?
After swimming to shore, he found a gun and opened fire on the attacking Japanese warplanes. Another 429 sailors and Marines were killed when the USS Oklahoma was torpedoed and capsized. Facebook helped reunite it with the veteran’s family.] Some were never recovered and remain entombed in the wreckage.
Divers will continue search and recovery efforts inside flooded compartments in the ship for the missing sailors, the Navy said. He will always be an American hero.” In a statement, Cherry Hill Mayor Chuck Cahn offered prayers and condolences to the family.Mc Cain and an oil tanker near Singapore, the Navy confirmed Thursday.The Navy also released the names of nine others missing in the accident, all petty officers. #BREAKING: #USNavy identifies 1 dead and 9 missing #USSJohn SMc Cain Sailors as search and rescue efforts suspended – https://t.co/r N6q7f Gf P6 pic.twitter.com/w Myq Xh627N — U. Navy (@USNavy) August 24, 2017 An electronics technician third class, Smith graduated from Cherry Hill High School East in 2013, and in 2014 followed in the footsteps of his father, Darryl, and grandfather, in joining the Navy.After the first explosions rocked the USS Arizona, Raymond Haerry sprinted to one of the ship’s antiaircraft guns, hoping to somehow repel the aerial bombardment. Haerry, one of the last remaining survivors of the attacks on the Arizona on Dec. 27 in Rhode Island, his son told the Associated Press. Haerry’s son called him one of the first heroes of World War II.
He somehow made it to shore, sweeping his arms in front of him as he swam to push the flames away.Condolences poured in on Twitter and the Facebook page of Smith’s mother. “On behalf of the members of Township Council and our entire Cherry Hill community, I want to express my sincere gratitude for the service and sacrifice of Petty Officer Smith, and all those who serve and defend the United States at home and abroad,” Cahn wrote.