Two local high school grads among those killed on U.S.S. Fitzgerald

By Will Fritz

Valleystaff@reedermedia.com

Fire Controlman 2nd Class Carlos Victor Ganzon Sibayan, 23, from Chula Vista, California. Sibayan was one of seven Sailors killed when the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) was involved in a collision with the Philippine-flagged merchant vessel ACX Crystal. The incident is under investigation. U.S. Navy photo
Yeoman 3rd Class Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25, from San Diego, California. Douglass was one of seven Sailors killed when the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) was involved in a collision with the Philippine-flagged merchant vessel ACX Crystal. The incident is under investigation. U.S. Navy photo

Two graduates of local high schools were among those killed when the U.S.S. Fitzgerald collided with a freighter off the coast of Japan.

Yeoman 3rd Class Shingo Douglass, 25, was a 2010 graduate of Fallbrook High School. Fire Controlman 2nd Class Carlos Sibayan, 23, was a 2012 graduate of Chaparral, and was reportedly a member of the school’s Naval Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps while enrolled there.

Both, along with five other sailors, perished in a collision with the ACX Crystal, a container ship flagged in the Phillipines, off Japan’s Izu Peninsula.

The other five were identified as Dakota Rigsby, 19, of Palmyra, Virginia; Ngoc Truong Huynh, 25, of Oakville, Connecticut; Noe Hernandez, 26, of Weslaco, Texas; Alec Martin, 24, of Halethorpe, Maryland; and Gary Rehm Jr., 37, of Elyria, Ohio.

“Our deepest sympathies are with the families of these sailors,” Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin said in a statement Sunday.

The Fitzgerald suffered severe damage as flooding overtook three large compartments, including one machinery room and two berthing areas for 116 crew, Aucoin said.

The incident occurred Saturday at 2:20 a.m. local time.

The commanding officer’s cabin was directly impacted by the collision, injuring Commander Bryce Benson. A medevac was performed on Benson by the Japanese Coast Guard, Aucoin said. A medevac was also performed on two other sailors with minor injuries.

All three patients are alert and under observation at naval Hospital Yokosuka, Aucoin said.

USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) is towed into port following a collision with a merchant vessel at approximately 2:30 a.m. local time, June 17, while operating about 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo

“The ship’s crew was swift and responsive and I can’t tell you how proud I am of the crew for what they did to save this ship,” Aucoin said. “So through the heroic efforts of the ship’s crew, they prevented this ship from foundering or even sinking.”

Aucoin said the incident will be investigated.

“We owe it to our families and the Navy to understand what happened,” he said.

3 Responses to "Two local high school grads among those killed on U.S.S. Fitzgerald"

  1. Lee   June 19, 2017 at 10:04 am

    So what did these poor souls die for exactly?

    “They died for protecting our nation, Lee. That’s what they died for!”

    Bull[beep]! They died because our IDIOT political leaders of ALL nations cannot sit down in this Age of Communication and work things out peacefully and rationally. THAT’S why these poor souls died.

    They died because our politicians are incompetent [beep]holes!

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  2. Resident and Vet   June 20, 2017 at 11:42 am

    God Bless these 2 fine young men and all that perished on the destroyer. R.I.P and with Love to all your family and friends.

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  3. Resident and Vet   June 20, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Lee,

    Your anger and pesimist, and the right you have to express your views are exactly why those military members were out there.

    Through strength, your freedom of speach is protected. Disagree, then go south and attempt to voice your opinion in the So.America countries (or in any less stable and powerful nation). How about the man that just passed, after being returned from NoKo.?

    I guess in someways, you may be right.

    What our leaders need to do is bring home ALL mililtary members and place them on our borders, completely surrounding our nation.

    Then when that is done, then they could go throughout the nation, taking care of all those non citizens/ enemy combatants, that reside here, and remove them back to where they came from or jail them if they are involved with more criminality (other than just entering Illegal and being illegal aliens).

    But unfortunatly, the truth is that America attempts to spred democracy through power, strength, and peace.

    Lee, like all active duty and Veterans, we salute you also for your service to our nation. Just like we salute all those that put their lives on the line to keep America an important show of strength in the world.

    As you see in south America and around the world. Without a powerful military, country, nation, then more and more caos occurs and we end up being a rogue 3 world nation that we find on our border, and arouind the world.

    God Bless those who have served for our last great nation.

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