Funeral Set for Cherry Hill Sailor Killed in Navy Ship Crash

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CHERRY HILL, N.J. -

Funeral arrangements for a local sailor that died in last month's deadly naval ship accident have been announced.

A service to honor and remember the life of fallen Petty Officer 3rd Class Kenneth Aaron Smith has been set for Saturday, September 16th, at the Saint Andrews United Methodist Church in Cherry Hill.

A viewing will be held from 1-3:45 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 4 p.m.

Smith, a Cherry Hill resident, was just 22 years old when he and nine other sailors died after an oil tanker collided with the Navy destroyer USS John S. McCain off the coast of Singapore on August 21st.

Smith was following in his family's footsteps as the third generation to join the U.S. Navy and was serving as an electronics technician on board the ship when it crashed.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that contributions be sent to Saint Andrews Church in his memory.

Read: South Jersey Resident Among Those Missing in Deadly Naval Crash


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