Community gathers in Milford to support mother of sailor missing since Navy ship collision

Kenneth Smith among 10 sailors missing after collision off coast of Singapore

MILFORD, Mich. - A community came together Wednesday in Milford to support the mother of a sailor who has been missing since a collision involving a Navy ship off the coast of Singapore.

UPDATE: Navy finds remains of Michigan woman's son who was sailor on USS John McCain 

Kenneth Smith, 22, is still listed as one of 10 missing sailors after the USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker.

On Wednesday night, friends and strangers gathered in Milford's Central Park to let Smith's mother, April Brandon, know that their love and prayers are going out to her.

"My heart goes out to them," Dave Frederickson said. "I didn't know them, but we're all brothers in arms and shipmates."

Sharon Peterson-Moshenko organized the candlelight vigil. Her sons are Navy veterans.

"It's just something that spoke to my heart," Peterson-Moshenko said.

After prayers and the singing of Amazing Grace, Brandon was presented with a prayer quilt. The Milford community wanted her to know they are thinking about her.

Smith among missing sailors

Brandon is asking everyone to pray that her son will be found safe.


"I want to thank all those who have expressed concern and offered prayers and support as I await word from the Navy on my son Kenneth," Brandon said in a statement. "As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for our family and we respectfully request that you honor our privacy."

In addition to the 10 sailors missing, five others from the guided-missile destroyer were injured.

Stay with for updates.

Latest updates on missing soldiers (AP):

The commander of U.S. naval operations has ordered a comprehensive review to get to root causes after the collision this week between a Navy destroyer and an oil tanker near Singapore.

Monday's early-morning crash is the latest "in a series of incidents in the Pacific theater," Adm. John Richardson said in a video statement. "This trend demands more forceful action."

Navy ships have been in at least four accidents in the Pacific this year.

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