Officials Identify U.S. Sailors Who Died in Destroyer Collision

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald, damaged by colliding with a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel, arrives at the U.S. naval base in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, Japan June 17, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

June 18, 2017

OAN Newsroom

Many questions remain after the bodies of some of the missing U.S. navy sailors were found in crushed parts of the USS Fitzgerald.

As of Sunday, investigators are determining many factors including if equipment was functioning properly, which service members were on watch, and what actions could have been taken to prevent the crash.

The investigation comes after the collision between the USS Fitzgerald and a merchant ship Saturday morning.

The seven missing sailors were found dead in flooded compartments of the ship, which suffered major damage from the impact.

On Sunday, officials identified the men as:

– Gunner’s Mate Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby, 19, from Palmyra, Virginia

– Yeoman 3rd Class Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25, from San Diego

– 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

– Fire Controlman 1st Class Gary Leo Rehm Jr., 37, from Elyria, Ohio

  • William Glass

    Their sacrifice must not be in vain. The ultimate cause will probably be a combination of a stupid mistake or dereliction of duty. Whatever the reason, there must be resolve to address the issue and correct the problem. Their names must not be forgotten, but next year no one will remember but their families, friends, and shipmates. May God accept them into His realm and provide comfort to their devastated families. To serve this nation is an honorable choice, but it will always be fraught with risk.

  • Dan Tandan

    question about ship’s radar

    Who was piloting the pilippino ship ?

  • Borax, Proud Deplorable

    All departed are way too young. Rest in peace and God’s hands.

  • Wolfman

    RIP my brothers.

  • pennpa

    There is something very unsettling about this accident. Who was in charge? What is their background, their beliefs. Prayers for the deceased.

  • KariW

    My deepest condolences to their families.


  • pennpa

    If the us government says it you know it is a lie.

  • Not sure why this happened because there isn’t enough info yet. That said, the sealing of the berthing compartment was probably the right decision even though there were still sailors in it. In a choice between the compartment and the few, and the ship and the many, the former always wins. It is harsh, but it is the right choice.

    • tedlv

      The investigation will determine the wisdom of any decisions. I’m fully prepared to wait for that before passing judgment.

    • Sarah Johnson-Bain


  • John Adams

    How can this happen in all that space in a ocean using the best equipment available. I believe the cargo ship has the right of way because it is the largest and the slowest in maneuverability.No excuse for this tragedy.

    • A Regular Guy

      I find it uncanny ( too) ; the ocean so large, a boat so small. Yet there’s 105,300 + registered vessels ( as large ships). The avg. lost ship number is about 150 per year ( since 1997). Colliding, running a-ground, hitting a bridge, bla-bla-bla. These are not Military ships ( far as I ca tell), yet this congestion adds to the traffic that is out there that the Navy has to avoid.

      The issue is the shipping lanes that are used ( as I see it); everyone uses the same road.

      I still think there is MORE ocean and LESS Ship, but by the loss of ships I must be wrong.

    • tedlv

      It’s going to be an interesting inquest.

    • AmericaFirst

      While in theory you may be correct, there are strict rules of who has right away. Any vessel from zero to ninety degrees has the right away. However, more manuverable vessel will usually heed way. The fact that this was a US military ship clouds even that though.

  • bpanelli

    Pretty sad, in many, many ways.