KILLEEN — A proud Texan, who didn’t have an ounce of malice in his body. A focused enlisted surface warfare specialist, who worked hard and earned himself a promotion ahead of schedule. Petty Officer 2nd Class John Hoagland III was remembered by the people who knew him best at his funeral service on Sept. 14.

Hoagland, a U.S. Navy sailor and Shoemaker High School graduate, was scheduled for a promotion just a day after he died. On Thursday before his funeral, he posthumously got that promotion.

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