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Maryland sailor who died in Fitzgerald collision interred at Arlington National Cemetery

Darrold Martin, center, is presented with the flag by Navy Vice Adm. Thomas Moore during the burial service for Martin's son, Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Xavier Alec Martin, 24, of Halethorpe, Md., Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at Arlington National Cemetery.

JACQUELYN MARTIN/AP

By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: August 9, 2017

ARLINGTON, Va. — Flags in Maryland were flying at half-staff for a sailor who died in June when the U.S. Navy destroyer he was on collided with a container ship off the coast of Japan.

Xavier Alec Martin was interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia Wednesday and the flags were flown at half-staff in Maryland in his honor.

The 24-year-old sailor was from Halethorpe, Maryland.

Martin was one of seven sailors killed when the ship he was on, the USS Fitzgerald, collided with a container ship off the Japanese coast.

Sailors hold the U.S. flag during the burial service for Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Xavier Alec Martin, 24, of Halethorpe, Md., at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017.
JACQUELYN MARTIN/AP

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