On August 21, 2017, Petty Officer II, Timothy Thomas Eckels Jr., USN, died suddenly en route to Changi, Singapore while serving his country aboard the USS John S. McCain.
Born October 31, 1993 in Baltimore City, Maryland to Timothy Thomas Eckels and Rachel (Pinkston) Eckels. Loving brother to Shamir Pinkston of Virginia, Laura Eckels, of Washington, D.C., Gabriel, Gavin, and Genevieve Eckels, of North Carolina. Grandson of Jane and Gene Voight, and Irvin and Shirley Pinkston. He will be missed by his stepmother Sonnie Plakotaris-Eckels, and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and his niece Olivia. Predeceased by his paternal grandfather William Eckels, and his aunt Lynn Eckels.
10 Sailors were killed:
ET1 Charles Nathan Findley, 31, from Amazonia, Missouri
IC1 Abraham Lopez, 39, from El Paso, Texas
ET2 Kevin Sayer Bushell, 26, from Gaithersburg, Maryland
ET2 Jacob Daniel Drake, 21, from Cable, Ohio
IT2 Timothy Thomas Eckels Jr., 23, from Manchester, Maryland
IT2 Corey George Ingram, 28, from Poughkeepsie, New York
ET3 Dustin Louis Doyon, 26, from Suffield, Connecticut
ET3 John Henry Hoagland III, 20, from Killeen, Texas
IC3 Logan Stephen Palmer, 23, from Decatur, Illinois
ET3 Kenneth Aaron Smith, 22, from Cherry Hill, New Jersey