Ohio sailor among 7 killed aboard USS Fitzgerald, US Navy says

Published: Sunday, June 18, 2017 @ 7:53 PM

Bodies of sailors killed in crash off coast of Japan found

An Ohioan was among the seven casualties found in flooded berthing compartments of the USS Fitzgerald following the collision with a Japanese merchant vessel.

The U.S. Navy Sunday identified the sailors killed as:

  • Fire Controlman 1st Class Gary Leo Rehm Jr., 37, of Elyria, Ohio

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  • Gunner’s Mate Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby, 19, of Palmyra, Virginia
  • Yeoman 3rd Class Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25, of San Diego, California
  • Sonar Technician 3rd Class Ngoc T. Truong Huynh, 25, of Oakville, Connecticut
  • Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Noe Hernandez, 26, of Weslaco, Texas
  • Fire Controlman 2nd Class Carlosvictor Ganzon Sibayan, 23, of Chula Vista, California
  • Personnel Specialist 1st Class Xavier Alec Martin, 24, of Halethorpe, Maryland

Damaged part of USS Fitzgerald is seen at the U.S. Naval base in Yokosuka, southwest of Tokyo Sunday, June 18, 2017. Navy divers found seven sailors' bodies Sunday aboard the stricken USS Fitzgerald that collided with a container ship in the busy sea off Japan (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)(AP)

The sailors’ remains were found when divers gained access to the compartments on Sunday that were damaged when the destroyer and Phillippine-flagged merchant vessel ACX Crystal collided, the U.S. Navy stated in a release issued Sunday evening.

The incident remains under investigation.