Navy sailor sacrificed himself to save 20 lives after the USS Fitzgerald collision
Daniel Brown – Jun. 20, 2017
One of the seven sailors who died aboard the USS Fitzgerald saved more than a dozen of his fellow shipmates before he ultimately lost his own life, The Daily Beast reported Tuesday.
The USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel about 56 miles off the coast of Japan on Saturday.
Seven sailors were later found dead in flooded compartments on the ship.
When the Fitzgerald collided with the merchant ship, 37-year-old Fire Controlman 1st Class Gary Leo Rehm Jr. “leapt into action,” according to The Daily Beast.
The Fitzgerald was struck below the waterline, and Rehm’s family was told by the Navy that he went under and saved at least 20 sailors, according to WBNS-10TV in Columbus, Ohio.
But when he went back down to get the other six sailors, the ship began to take on too much water, and the hatch was closed, WBNS-10TV said.
“That was Gary to a T,” Rehm’s friend Christopher Garguilo said, according to NBC4i in Columbus. “He never thought about himself.”
“The sailors on the ship he called his kids,” his uncle, Stanley Rehm Jr., told The Daily Beast, adding: “He said, ‘If my kids die, I’m going to die.'”
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