06/19/2017 by syrbal-labrys
Military life is not a safe life – even if far from a war zone. Sailors asleep in the wee dark hours of the morning when their ship is hit by another ship four times the weight? I suppose it is a testament to training and engineering that more men did not die in the waters off the coast of Japan.
But seven families will be weeping, seven funerals will be planned and endured.
Gunner’s Mate Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby, 19, from Palmyra, Virginia
Yeoman 3rd Class Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25, from San Diego, California
Sonar Technician 3rd Class Ngoc Truong Huynh, 25, from Oakville, Connecticut
Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Noe Hernandez, 26, from Weslaco, Texas
Fire Controlman 2nd Class Carlos Victor Ganzon Sibayan, 23, from Chula Vista, California
Personnel Specialist 1st Class Xavier Alec Martin, 24, from Halethorpe, Maryland
Fire Controlman 1st Class Gary Leo Rehm Jr., 37, from Elyria, Ohio, an absolute hero.
Whether you claim Jesus, or Odin, or no gods at all? Bow your heads and remember these men died for you – serving where you did not go and did not risk yourself. A folded flag is no replacement for a son, a husband, a father, a brother.