Champaign County man among missing sailors from USS John S. McCain
Photo: Staff Writer
Photo: Staff Writer

Champaign County missing sailor: 3 things to know about Jacob Drake

Early Monday morning, a U.S. Navy destroyer collided with an oil and chemical tanker in the Strait of Malaccca off the coast of Singapore. 

Ten sailors are missing and five are injured after the USS John McCain collided with the “Alnic MC” and sustained damage to its left rear side. 

One of those missing sailors is a Triad High School graduate, Jacob Drake. Here’s what you should know about him:

Recent medal recipient. Drake serves as an electronics technician 2nd class and received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal in July for his efforts during a Mid-Cycle Inspections aboard the McCain, according to a post on a U.S. Navy Facebook page. 

Electronics Technician 2nd Class Jacob Drake receives the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal in July for his efforts during Mid-Cycle Inspection (MCI) aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided missile-class destroyer USS John S. McCain. Drake, a graduate of Triad High School, is among the sailors missing after a crash involving the USS McCain. Photo from U.S. Navy.
Photo: Staff Writer

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Looking forward to coming home. Drake had told his sister Veronica he was going to be home for leave in November and in December he was “going to be back in the United States for good.”

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Graduated in 2013. The sailor graduated from Triad High School in 2013. He joined the Navy after graduating in part because of the possibility of travel, according to Veronica. The destroyer is based at the U.S. 7th Fleet’s home port of Yokosuka, Japan, and his sister said he enjoys hiking throughout the country and visiting cat cafes.

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