Monday, 19 June 2017

Sailor killed in USS Fitzgerald previously lived on Guam

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Xavier Alec Martin was stationed at Navy Base before he reported for duty on the USS Fitzgerald in August 2016.

Guam - One of the sailors killed in the USS Fitzgerald collision with a Philippine cargo ship had spent some time in Guam when he was stationed at Naval Base.

He is 24-year-old Xavier Alec Martin of Halethorpe, Maryland, who joined the US Navy in May 2012 and began reporting to the USS Fitzgerald in August 2016. The USS Fitzgerald is also a frequent visitor to Guam, having just stopped here in March this year.

The collision happened early Saturday morning off the coast of Yokosuka, Japan where the Fitzgerald was based out of. US Navy officials reported that the destroyer collided with a cargo ship and initially seven sailors were reported missing. Search and rescue efforts immediately commenced and a number of remains were recovered.  The sailors were inside of berthing compartments of the ship that were flooded during the collision.

All seven sailors killed in the incident have been identified as:

  • Gunner’s Mate Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby, 19, of Palmyra, Va.
  • Yeoman 3rd Class Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25, of San Diego, Calif.
  • Sonar Technician 3rd Class Ngoc T Truong Huynh, 25, of Oakville, Conn.
  • Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Noe Hernandez, 26, of Weslaco, Texas
  • Fire Controlman 2nd Class Carlos Victor Ganzon Sibayan, 23, of Chula Vista, Calif.
  • Personnel Specialist 1st Class Xavier Alec Martin, 24, of Halethorpe, Md.
  • Fire Controlman 1st Class Gary Leo Rehm Jr., 37, of Elyria, Ohio

 

 

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