Mc Cain when it collided with the Liberian-flagged merchant vessel Alnic MC, Aug. Smith, 22, was killed in the collision Monday between the destroyer John S. Navy file photo of Electronics Technician 3rd Class Kenneth Aaron Smith, 22, from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, who was stationed aboard USS John S. This week, the young sailor’s career was tragically cut short.Smith was in the fourth year of a seven-year commitment. Samikshya Shrestha, 20, a mass communications major at Temple University in Japan, said she met Smith this summer through an online dating site. “He was sitting there with this huge smile on his face,” she said in a message.“He was goofy, nerdy, and the smartest man I have ever seen.” Her last communication with Smith was a text message on Sunday when the Mc Cain hit port, she said.It’s a tragic loss for the family, friends, and the community and this is incredibly sad.” Besides his love of video games, Smith was remembered by classmates in New Jersey and Virginia as a fun-loving guy with a sense of humor.He had big dreams of becoming a star on You Tube with his video games, said Niana Jasso, who met Smith in 2009 at Deep Creek High School in Chesapeake, Va., during their freshman year. He always had you laughing even when you were down,” said Jasso, 23, who now lives in California.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.
Y.; Dustin Louis Doyon, 26, of Suffield, Conn.; John Henry Hoagland III, 20, of Killeen, Texas; and Logan Stephen Palmer, 23, of Decatur, Ill.
He boarded the Mc Cain in 2015, according to a report in the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot.
In a statement issued by the Navy on behalf of the family, Darryl Smith said that his son “was a great young man, son and Sailor” and that he was “incredibly proud” of his son’s service to the country.
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?
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Smith moved to Cherry Hill while in high school when his father transferred to a job in New Jersey.