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Lost Fitzgerald sailor remembered as class clown who kept spirits high

Lost Fitzgerald sailor remembered as class clown who kept spirits high”

Among the seven U.S. Navy sailors who died in the Saturday collision between the USS Fitzgerald and a Philippine-flagged container ship off Japan were an OH man expecting to retire soon, a Maryland man who was his father's best friend, and a former volunteer firefighter in his Virginia hometown.

Fire Controlman 1st Class Gary Leo Rehm Jr. was among seven sailors killed aboard the USS Fitzgerald on Saturday.

Hernandez was one of seven sailors aboard the Fitzgerald who were killed when the Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal slammed into the side of the Navy destroyer.

"As search and rescue crews gained access to the spaces that were damaged during the collision this morning, the missing sailors were located in the flooded berthing compartments", it said in a statement. "I thought that was a profound thing for a young man to say at that age and to be sure of what he wanted to do", he said.

He was selfless, Lan Huynh told WVIT-TV of Hartford, Connecticut, and the family is coping as best they can. Authorities have declined to speculate on a cause while the crash remains under investigation.

The father and son pair were so close, they even had matching tattoos of Darrold's favorite catch phrase.

"There are students that stand out and he was definitely one of the ones who stood out", said Galarza.

Martin was a 2010 alumnus of Lansdowne High School, and after landing an internship with the NSA in 10th grade, Martin graduated from high school with honors. "You were easily the better man than any of us".

Friends said Sibayan was driven to enlist in the Navy as soon as he graduated high school. "That was Gary to a T", said Rehm's friend Christopher Garguilo.

The family plans to be in Dover to give Martin a hero's welcome.

Sibayan, of Chula Vista, south of San Diego, always made people laugh, Chase Cornils, a fellow cadet in Chaparral High School's Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, told the San Diego Union Tribune.

"I was really proud of him because he wanted to do something in life", she said.

"The bond that they had was out of this world", Jade Matthews said.

Mia Sykes of Raleigh, North Carolina, told The Associated Press on Sunday that her 19-year-old son, Brayden Harden, was knocked out of his bunk by the impact and water immediately began filling the berth.

Fitzgerald's widow, Betty, says she is still in touch with the first commander of the USS Fitzgerald and has been visited by the last five commanders. Jeffrey said her nephew's body is expected to arrive at Dover Air Force Base in DE on Tuesday.

Hernandez also is survived by a young son, Leon.



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