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Sailors Lost in USS Fitzgerald Collision Identified

Sailors Lost in USS Fitzgerald Collision Identified

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by Faye Higbee

On Monday morning, the US Navy’s 7th Fleet released the names of the sailors who died in the USS Fitzgerald collision. In the midst of such a tragedy, there are stories of heroism, and feelings of grief as the survivors cope with the aftereffects of the disaster.

The names of the sailors lost are as follows: Gunner’s Mate Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby, 19, from Palmyra, Virginia; Yeoman 3rd Class Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25, from San Diego, California; Sonar Technician 3rd Class Ngoc T Truong Huynh, 25, from Oakville, Connecticut; Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Noe Hernandez, 26, from Weslaco, Texas; Fire Controlman 2nd Class Carlosvictor Ganzon Sibayan, 23, from Chula Vista, California; Personnel Specialist 1st Class Xavier Alec Martin, 24, from Halethorpe, Maryland; and Fire Controlman 1st Class Gary Leo Rehm Jr., 37, from Elyria, Ohio.

Survivor’s Guilt

We received a message from a shipmate on the Fitzgerald who let us know that most of the sailors also lost their possessions. Volunteers have been working hard to replace lost uniform items, according to the 7th Fleet. Other ships based in  Yokosuka have been trying to help with other items.

“The crew is pretty badly demoralized having lost 7 of our very dear shipmates. This crew fought for our lives to get the ship back to the pier. The berthings flooded out so most of us lost all their personal belongings.” GSM2 King USS Fitzgerald DDG 62.

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