John "CJ" Hoagland III (Credit: WRBL)

The search has been called off, but the families and friends of the sailors missing and believed to be dead from the USS John McCain are still grappling with what happened. One of the sailors, John “CJ” Hoagland III, had ties to Georgia.

Hoagland spent time at Fort Benning near Columbus, according to media reports. The 20-year-old, originally from Texas, worked as an electronic technician and had been on the ship since October 2016.

His parents live in Killeen, Texas, and Facebook nformation indicates that Hoagland was married.

The sailors went missing Monday during a collision between their guided-missile destroyer and an oil tanker off the coast of Singapore, the U.S. Navy said in a news release. Authorities suspended the search Thursday in the 2,100-square-mile area east of the Straits of Malacca.

Time identified the nine other sailors deemed missing and dead. Dive crews are still searching for the remains of nine sailors, including Hoagland.

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Jessica Szilagyi is statewide contributor for All On Georgia and Market Manager for Southeast Georgia. Her main focus with All On Georgia is state and local politics as well as agriculture. She’s served as a policy analyst at the State Capitol and as a campaign manager in political races across the state.

She writes for and has two blogs of her own: ‘The Perspicacious Conservative’, a political blog, and ‘Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers’, a blog on moving from Atlanta to rural Georgia. Jessica is also a contributor for Fox5 Atlanta’s ‘Like it Or Not.’

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