Christie orders flags to half-staff for N.J. sailor who died at sea

CHERRY HILL — Governor Chris Christie signed an executive order Wednesday for state buildings to fly flags at half-staff Saturday in recognition of a sailor from Cherry Hill who died after a U.S. Navy ship collided with another vessel near Singapore last month.

Petty Officer Kenneth Smith died along with nine other sailors when the USS John S. McCain collided with a civilian ship on Aug. 21.

“Kenneth was a great young man, son, and Sailor,” his father, Darryl Smith, said in a statement last month. “He truly loved his family, the Navy, and his shipmates. I am incredibly proud of his …read more

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