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3 of 10 Missing Sailors Identified     08/23 06:10

   DETROIT (AP) -- Sailors with ties to Michigan, Illinois and Ohio are among 
10 who are missing after a U.S. warship collided with an oil tanker in 
Southeast Asia.

   U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said he was informed by Logan Palmer's family that 
the central Illinois man is missing. In Michigan, April Brandon said the 
military informed her that her son, Ken Smith, is also missing.

   The family of Jacob Drake, 21, was told that the western Ohio man was among 
the missing, the Columbus Dispatched reported Tuesday.

   The USS John McCain collided with an oil tanker off Singapore on Monday. 
Adm. Scott Swift said some bodies have been found in a flooded compartment of 
the warship. No other details have been released.

   Brandon said Smith's father, stepmother and grandfather served in the Navy. 
She said Smith, 22, grew up in Novi, Michigan, and moved to Norfolk, Virginia, 
as a teen with his father.

   "His father and I couldn't be prouder of our son," Brandon said. "He's a 
great kid. He's a hero."

   Davis, a Republican whose district includes the Decatur area, said Palmer 
comes from a "patriotic family." He enlisted in 2016.

   "Our military must do whatever necessary to minimize incidents like this and 
protect those who risk their lives each day in service to our country," Davis 
said.

   Drake is engaged to be married next year. His 20-year-old fiancee, Megan 
Partlow, said she last heard from him on Sunday via text message.

   Partlow said she wants "him to be safe."


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