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Navy sailor killed in collision mourned in 2 states

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A Navy sailor who died aboard the USS Fitzgerald was mourned in two states Thursday.

While Tan Huynh's funeral was being held in Oklahoma, where his family currently lives, a crowd of more than 100 people gathered in Oakville, Litchfield County.

Born in Vietnam, educated in Connecticut, and serving as a sonar technician in Japan when he died, Huynh's 25 years took him around the globe.

People in Oakville honored him at Memorial Park as one of their own with a melody of taps and a red, white and blue wreath -- time-honored traditions for mourning a service member. Officials present included a representative of the Japanese government, who spoke of how Huynh found his true calling through military service.

Veterans decided to organize the service for the Watertown High School graduate to start at the very same moment as his funeral in Oklahoma.

Organizers say Huynh's survivors were deeply moved by the effort in Connecticut.

The investigation continues into what caused the collision that killed seven United States service members.

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