Milford residents cling to hope that a missing sailor is still alive

- A metro Detroit community held a vigil of hope for a missing sailor on Wednesday.

Petty officer third class Kenneth Smith is a Michigan native and among those missing after the USS John McCain collided with an oil tanker near Singapore.

The family of Navy sailor Ken Smith came together with neighbors and strangers; it was a night of community in every sense of the word.

"They're serving for us so we need to show our gratitude and support because they're willing to make the ultimate sacrifice that we are not able to or willing to, and they're doing it for us, so we need to be here for them," said chaplain of Warrior Family Ministries Beth Grate.

"This is why I choose to serve. We serve for everyone that is here tonight. We don't serve for ourselves. We serve for everyone else. I know that's what Kenny did," said Charles Hoffmon.

Charles Hoffmon, a family friend of Smith, is also a veteran who served himself and knows the importance of gatherings like this one.

"You just don't know this goes on back home when you're floating on a boat, or overseas in the middle of Iraq. You just don't know what goes on. To be a part of it, it's sad, but seeing the community come together means a lot," Hoffmon said.

Hoffmon says Smith is someone worth honoring as the family prayed together along a war veteran memorial.

On Monday, the family learned ten sailors went missing aboard USS McCain after it reportedly collided with an oil tanker near Singapore. Ten sailors were still reported missing Wednesday. Navy officials have suspended the current mission until they fully investigate the crash.

Meanwhile, a community in Milford let a family know they didn't have to wait alone.

"When you have a situation like this, the whole community has to come together. There are emotional needs, physical needs, monetary needs, and spiritual needs that all need to be met. It takes a community in a situation like this," said Grate.

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