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August 25, 2017

Body of Cathedral grad Dustin Doyon recovered from USS John McCain

REGIONAL
Staff report

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(Photo from Doyon Family/U.S. Navy via AP)

 

SPRINGFIELD – The U.S. Navy has confirmed that the body of 26-year-old Dustin Louis Doyon, an electronics technician 3rd class, was found by divers searching the USS John S. McCain, a guided-missile destroyer that collided with an oil tanker near Singapore on Monday, Aug. 21.

Doyon, a native of Suffield, Conn., was a 2009 graduate of the former Cathedral High School in Springfield. He was the second of 10 missing sailors to be confirmed dead.

Springfield Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski posted the following statement on his Facebook page earlier today:

“It is with great sadness that we all have learned this morning that the body of the late US Navy Electronics Technician 3rd Class Dustin Louis Doyon has been located. Dustin was among those missing after Monday’s collision involving the USS John McCain on which he was stationed. A 2009 graduate of Cathedral HS, Dustin’s willingness to serve our nation and now to have given his life – the ultimate sacrifice – should serve as a lasting example of exemplary service and selfless commitment.

“May God welcome Dustin to his eternal reward and let us all pray for his beloved soul and for God’s mercy and consolation especially for his parents as well as for his extended family and close friends, including his Naval colleagues, and all who are left devastated and saddened by his untimely death.”

The Town of Suffield released a statement from the Doyon family at 6 a.m. this morning. “On behalf of the entire Doyon family, we want to thank all those who have extended their support and prayers,” the statement reads. “Dustin was a wonderful son, big brother and Sailor. We are incredibly proud of him and his service to our country. We will miss him immensely and we are so very thankful for the 26 wonderful years we had together.

“As we mourn the loss of our son and brother, we would like to extend our appreciation to so many people, especially the community of Suffield, Connecticut, who has been supporting us since we first learned of the accident,” the statement reads.

“We are also thankful to the United States Navy for their continued support and are thinking of the brave crew of the USS John S. McCain who are still hard at work with a difficult task.

“We ask everyone to keep the families and friends of those affected by this terrible tragedy in your thoughts and prayers.”

The statement concludes with a request for privacy during “a very difficult time for our family.”