Remembering the Life and Memory of...
ET3 Kenneth Aaron Smith
Hometown: Cherry Hill, New Jersey, U.S.
Age: 22 years old.
Died: August 21, 2017
Unit: USS John S. McCain (DDG 56)
According to NJ.com, Smith was born in Novi, Michigan and both his father and grandfather served in the U.S. Navy. Smith worked “in radar technology aboard the McCain and writes science fiction in his spare time,” the newspaper reported.
His mother wrote on Facebook on August 21 when he was still missing, “We’re all rooting for you Kenneth. The entire country is rooting for you.” On Facebook, Smith wrote, “I work all day and work slightly less all night. Hooya.”
(Updates to follow)
Aug 24, 2017
News ReleaseCHERRY HILL, NJ – Today, U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement on the passing of Electronics Technician 3rd Class Kenneth Smith – age 22 of Cherry Hill, New Jersey – who was one of the sailors on the U.S. Navy destroyer USS John S. McCain when it collided with an oil tanker this week:
“Kenneth Smith is an American hero – and both New Jersey and our country lost a great young man this week.
“Kenneth sacrificed so much so that all of us could be safe and our community thanks him for his service as we mourn this terrible loss.
“Former Cherry Hill classmates say Kenneth was smart, patriotic and always wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and join the Navy. As a father and father-in-law of veterans, I’m heartbroken by this awful news. I join our entire South Jersey community in mourning ET3 Kenneth Smith’s tragic passing.
“My family and I are keeping his loved ones in our thoughts and prayers.”