Tragedy struck the U.S. Navy when, during a routine maneuver off the coast of Japan, a Philippine-flagged ship collided with American destroyer, the U.S.S. Fitzgerald.

One sailor was airlifted from the floundering craft:

The seven remaining crew members were still missing, however, and a lengthy search ended when their bodies were found inside a flooded compartment.

The seven were hailed as heroes by the U.S. 7th Fleet Commander, Vice Admiral Joseph P. Aucoin:

“They had to fight the ship to keep it above the surface. So it was traumatic. I can't tell you how proud I am of the crew for what they did to save the ship.”

The names of the seven crew members were released on Sunday afternoon:


  • Gunner's Mate Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby
  • Yeoman 3rd Class Shingo Alexander Douglass
  • Sonar Technician 3rd Class Ngoc T Truong Huynh
  • Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Noe Hernandez
  • Fire Controlman 2nd Class Carlosvictor Ganzon Sibayan
  • Personnel Specialist 1st Class Xavier Alec Martin
  • Fire Controlman 1st Class Gary Leo Rehm, Jr.

America thanks you for your service and your sacrifice.

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