Hundreds Mourn Illinois Sailor Who Died in USS McCain

Sep 11, 2017

A central Illinois soldier who died when the USS McCain collided with an oil tanker near Singapore last month has been remembered as a hero.

Logan S. Palmer's funeral was Monday morning at Life Foursquare Church in Decatur, followed by a procession from the church to Harristown Cemetery. The Rev. Mark Cooper told hundreds of mourners that Palmer "gave his life in service to his country."

A Naval honor guard carried Palmer's flag-draped casket into the church, surrounded by red, white and blue flowers. Palmer's funeral procession passed under a vast American flag suspended between two Decatur Fire Department trucks. The route was lined with about 2,400 flags. 

The 23-year-old Palmer was one of ten sailors whose remains were recovered after the collision.