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May 28, 2022
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Police Escort Fallen Servicemember, Son of Local Sheriff's Deputy Back Home to Southern Oregon (Photo)
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Police Escort Fallen Servicemember, Son of Local Sheriff's Deputy Back Home to Southern Oregon (Photo)

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – Law Enforcement from throughout Jackson County came together last night to escort fallen United States Navy sailor, Magnus David Penkava, 20, back home to Southern Oregon. More than 25 police vehicles from Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO), Medford Police Department, Oregon State Police, and Central Point Police Department provided the escort to the fallen servicemember and JCSO Deputy’s son, as he returned home for the final time. A funeral will be held at the Veteran’s National Cemetery in Eagle Point, Ore. on Tuesday at 2 p.m. following a police procession from Conger Morris Funeral Home in Central Point, Ore. 

The following is a brief statement from his family: 

Magnus David Penkava, February 20, 2002 - April 29th, 2022. He was raised in Southern Oregon and joined the Navy in July of 2020 to be a Submariner and eventually a Navy SEAL because he always said he was tougher than his Marine Corps veteran dad, and SEALs were tougher than Marines. Magnus graduated from Basic Training at Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois on September 11, 2020, before attending Naval Submarine School in Groton, Connecticut where he received honors for being class leader. After graduating from Submarine School, Magnus was awarded his first-choice duty station of Bangor, Washington and was assigned to the USS Nevada, an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine. 

The command and crew of the USS Nevada paid tribute to Magnus on Thursday, May 5th, and provided the family with a flag flown during their latest deployment. Afterwards, he was brought home to be laid to rest with his military brothers and sisters at the Veteran's National Cemetery in Eagle Point.

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