Deceased Fitzgerald Sailors posthumously advanced

by Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
Stripes Korea

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy announced Wednesday that the seven Sailors who died aboard USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), were posthumously advanced to their next rank.

- Gunner's Mate Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby, 19, from Palmyra, Virginia, was posthumously advanced to Petty Officer 3rd class.

- Yeoman 3rd Class Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25, from San Diego, California, was posthumously advanced to Petty Officer 2nd class.

- Sonar Technician 3rd Class Ngoc T Truong Huynh, 25, from Oakville, Connecticut, was posthumously advanced to Petty Officer 2nd class.

- Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Noe Hernandez, 26, from Weslaco, Texas, was posthumously advanced to Petty Officer 1st class.

- Fire Controlman 2nd Class Carlos Victor Ganzon Sibayan, 23, from Chula Vista, California, was posthumously advanced to Petty Officer 1st class.

- Personnel Specialist 1st Class Xavier Alec Martin, 24, from Halethorpe, Maryland, was posthumously advanced to Chief Petty Officer.

- Fire Controlman 1st Class Gary Leo Rehm Jr., 37, from Elyria, Ohio, was posthumously advanced to Chief Petty Officer.

The remains of these seven Sailors were located June 18, in flooded berthing compartments, after divers gained access to the spaces that were damaged when the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald was involved in a collision with the Philippine-flagged merchant vessel ACX Crystal.

Photo Caption:

YOKOSUKA, Japan (June 20, 2017) A uniform rocker identifying the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) is sewn onto a uniform at the donation distribution center in the Hawk's Nest Training Center gym at Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka. Fitzgerald collided June 17 with a merchant vessel, killing seven Sailors and severely damaging the ship. The Hawk's Nest Training Center is being used as a donation distribution center where volunteers are handing out clothing, shoes and uniform items that have been donated by the community for Fitzgerald Sailors.

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