Among the seven U.S. Navy sailors who died in the Saturday collision between the USS Fitzgerald and a Philippine-flagged container ship off Japan were an Ohioan expecting to retire soon and a Connecticut man described by his sister as “selfless.”
Here are snapshots of them taken from interviews of family and friends with the media:
NGOC T TRUONG HUYNH
Sonar Technician 3rd Class Ngoc T. Truong Huynh, 25, always “had the brightest smile,” his sister says. He was “selfless,” Lan Huynh told WVIT-TV of Hartford, Connecticut, and the family is coping as best they can.
Huynh graduated from Watertown High School and attended Naugatuck Valley Community College before enlisting in the Navy in 2014. The family moved to Oklahoma a short time later.
Connecticut’s governor has ordered flags to fly at half-staff in Huynh’s honor.
GARY LEO REHM JR.
Fire Controlman 1st Class Gary Leo Rehm Jr., 37, was three months shy of retiring when he was killed, his cousin tells The Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria, Ohio.
Rehm was from Elyria, about 25 miles west of Cleveland, and is survived by his wife, Erin; his parents, in Virginia; and a sister in Texas, his cousin Brad Rehm said, adding that word of his death was shocking.
He enlisted in the Navy in 1998.
Daniel Kahle of Chesapeake, Virginia, a Navy veteran who served with Rehm while deployed to the Persian Gulf during the Iraq war, told the newspaper he hadn’t spoken to his former colleague in years but will remember him as “a great guy” who always seemed to be smiling. Rehm was a graduate of Oberlin High School as a Lorain County Joint Vocational School student.