US Navy Identifies Seven Soldiers Killed In USS Fitzgerald Crash Off Japan | NBC Nightly News

US Navy Identifies Seven Soldiers Killed In USS Fitzgerald Crash Off Japan | NBC Nightly News


ONES AS THEY WAIT
ANSWERS.
MIGUEL ALMAGUER HAS DETAILS.
>>Reporter: THE
DAMAGE TO THE “USS FITZGERALD” WAS SO
CRIPPLING, THE VICTIMS
NEVER ESCAPED THEIR FLOODED SLEEPING
QUARTERS.
NAVY DIVERS RECOVERING THE BODIES OF SEVEN
SAILORS.
HERE AT HOME, FLAGS WERE LOWERED AND TEARS
FELL.
THE OLDEST SAILOR, 37-YEAR-OLD GARY REHM
JR. WAS THREE MONTHS
FROM RETIRING. THE YOUNGEST,
19-YEAR-OLD DAKOTA
RIGSBY VOLUNTEERED AT THIS VIRGINIA
FIREHOUSE.
>>HE HAD A GREAT LIFE AHEAD OF HIM, BUT HE
SERVED OUR COUNTRY AND
HE DID WHAT HE LOVED SO I’M PROUD OF HIM.
>>Reporter: THE NAVY
SAYS THE COLLISION HAPPENED IN CLEAR
WEATHER AT 2:20 A.M.
SATURDAY, BUT JAPAN’S COAST GUARD SAYS THE
ACCIDENT TOOK PLACE AN
HOUR EARLIER. THIS MARINE TRACKER
SHOWS THE CARGO SHIP
MAKING A HARD TURN AT 1:30 A.M. AND A
U-TURN, BACKTRACKING
AT 2:20 A.M. >>FOR A U.S. NAVY
DESTROYER TO BE
INVOLVED IN A COLLISION WITH LOSS OF
LIFE AT SEA IS
EXTREMELY RARE, ONCE EVERY DECADE OR TWO.
>>Reporter: THE NAVY
SAYS THE CREW OF THE “FITZGERALD” FOUGHT
HEROICALLY TO KEEP IT
AFLOAT. COMMANDER BRYCE BENSON
AMONG THE INJURED, BUT
SEVEN OF HIS SAILORS INCLUDING CARLOS
SIBAYAN WHO FOLLOWED
HIS FATHER INTO THE NAVY, WON’T BE COMING
HOME.
>>MY SON IS A SURVIVOR.
HE KNOWS HOW TO
SURVIVE. THIS TIME HE WASN’T
GIVEN A CHANCE.
>>Reporter: TOINT THE NAVY SAYS THE
INVESTIGATION WILL
TAKE WEEKS, BUT FOR SEVEN OF THESE
FAMILIES, THE
HEARTBREAK W

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