Hudson Valley sailor mourned in Poughkeepsie

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POUGHKEEPSIE -

Family and friends said their final goodbyes to a Hudson Valley sailor killed during last month's USS John McCain crash.

Hundreds gathered at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie today to mourn 28-year-old Corey Ingram.

The Poughkeepsie native was one of 10 sailors killed aboard the Navy warship when it collided with an oil tanker off the coast of Singapore.

Pastor Dwight Hunt lived across the street from Ingram and knew him well.

"He was not a selfish person. But he was more of a giving person, and he literally laid his life down for many. We applaud that and we celebrate that,” he said.

Ingram's flag-draped coffin was carried out of the Civic Center by fellow shipmates to be taken to his final resting place.

The Navy recently announced that Ingram has been posthumously advanced in rank to information systems technician first class.

Plans are in the works to establish a scholarship in Ingram's name at his alma mater, Poughkeepsie High School.

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