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Southern Oregon son makes final journey home

Area law enforcement personnel provide escort to Magnus David Penkava, a U.S. Navy member who died April 29.
Photo courtesy Jackson County Sheriff’s Office

Law enforcement personnel from agencies across Jackson County escorted fallen United States Navy sailor Magnus David Penkava, 20, home to Southern Oregon on Friday evening.

More than 25 police vehicles from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Medford Police Department, Oregon State Police and Central Point Police Department escorted the sailor on his final return home.

Penkava’s funeral will be held at the Eagle Point National Cemetery at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, following a police procession from Conger Morris Funeral Home in Central Point.

The command and crew of the USS Nevada paid tribute to Penkava on Thursday and provided his family with a flag flown during their latest deployment.

The sheriff’s office provided the following information about the sailor for his family. He was the son of Jackson County Sheriff’s Lt. David Penkava:

Magnus David Penkava was born Feb. 20, 2002, and died April 29, 2022.

He was raised in Southern Oregon and joined the Navy in July 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 Sept. 11, 2020, before attending Naval Submarine School in Groton, Conn., where he received honors for being class leader.

After graduating from Submarine School, Magnus was awarded his first-choice duty station of Bangor, Wash., and was assigned to the USS Nevada, an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine.