Missing Poughkeepsie Sailor A Jokester All Can Count On

This medi­um and this writer join our Friends Jackie and Jerry Ingram, Darren and Megan and the entire fam­i­ly as well as our friends at the Poughkeepsie Journal, our elect­ed offi­cials and our entire coun­try as we wait with bat­ed breath for the return of our beloved Corey.

We hope and pray for the par­ents of all the ser­vice mem­bers who have died and those who are still miss­ing.
My fam­i­ly and I con­tin­ue to pray for the safe return of Corey and the oth­ers to their fam­i­lies.

Corey Ingram

Five sailors were injured in the crash. Swift said four were imme­di­ate­ly flown by Singapore navy heli­copters to a Singapore hos­pi­tal, and the fifth was hos­pi­tal­ized when the ship reached Singapore. The McCain remains docked in Singapore for repairs.

Admiral Scott Swift, the com­man­der of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, said the inves­ti­ga­tion into the cause of the col­li­sion was con­tin­u­ing.

The U.S. Navy sus­pend­ed its search efforts after more than 80 hours cov­er­ing a 2,100-square mile area. According to a release from U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs, search efforts will con­tin­ue inside the ship’s flood­ed com­part­ments.

The Ingram fam­i­ly is not giv­ing up.

On Thursday, fam­i­ly mem­bers recalled Corey Ingram’s past returns home, and the light mood he would cre­ate with his quick wit.

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There was noth­ing but jokes and laughs from him,” Gardner said. “His smile would light up a room.”

But for all his humor, Corey Ingram, who joined the Navy in 2008, takes his work seri­ous­ly, his moth­er said.

I spoke with him about two months ago on FaceTime, and he was telling me all sorts of sto­ries about his time in Australia,” she said. “But when I asked him where he was going next, he said, ‘You know I can’t tell you where we’re going.’ ”

As the sit­u­a­tion devel­ops, the fam­i­ly is rely­ing on offi­cial reports as they wait for an update.

We’re try­ing to stay away from the news and the media right now,” said Megan Ingram, Corey Ingram’s sis­ter.

Ingram attend­ed Poughkeepsie High School. Bob Murphy, inter­im ath­let­ic direc­tor at the school, served as its prin­ci­pal from 2001 to 2006. Murphy said he knew Ingram from school and his daugh­ter, a 2007 grad­u­ate, was friends with him.

He was like most our stu­dents — good peo­ple, come to school, take care of busi­ness, move through our sys­tem and set them­selves up to be pro­duc­tive mem­bers of soci­ety, which obvi­ous­ly he had accom­plished,” Murphy said. “It’s just unfor­tu­nate that we are at this point.”

The crash was the fourth acci­dent involv­ing a U.S. war­ship this year and the sec­ond fatal col­li­sion. The U.S. Navy dis­missed Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin as com­man­der of the 7th Fleet on Wednesday.

City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison expressed “great sad­ness” that Ingram is miss­ing in a state­ment Thursday.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Corey’s fam­i­ly, friends and fel­low ship­mates,” the state­ment said. “As the search con­tin­ues, the Queen City sits with a heavy heart as we await the return of our hero, Corey George Ingram.”

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D‑Cold Spring, called the loss of Ingram “heart­break­ing” in a state­ment.

Petty Officer Ingram is an American hero and this tragedy is a reminder of the risks that our ser­vice mem­bers take every day to keep our coun­try safe. I hope every­one in the Poughkeepsie area will join me in say­ing a prayer for him and the Ingram fam­i­ly,” Maloney said.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro also released a state­ment say­ing, “Our thoughts are prayers are with his par­ents, Hubert and Jacqueline, one of our own Dutchess County employ­ees, and his friends and loved ones dur­ing this time. We appre­ci­ate the brave men and women who are search­ing for Corey and his fel­low sailors, and we pray they soon bring these American heroes home.”

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