NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP/WAVY) — Family and friends recently gathered in the Virginia city of Newport News to remember one of the Navy sailors who died aboard the USS Fitzgerald.
A funeral Mass was held Saturday for Fire Controlman 1st Class Gary Leo Rehm Jr. He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
The 37-year-old Rehm grew up in Ohio but spent most of his nearly 20-year Navy career in Virginia’s Hampton Roads region.
He was one of seven sailors who died when the Fitzgerald collided with a cargo ship on June 17 in the waters off Japan. Rehm is credited with playing a heroic role to help rescue shipmates from flooded compartments until he died.