ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — The cousin of a U.S. Navy sailor from Ohio says the 37-year-old man was three months shy of retiring when he was killed this weekend in a collision between a destroyer and a container ship off Japan.
Fire Controlman 1st Class Gary Leo Rehm Jr. was among seven sailors killed aboard the USS Fitzgerald on Saturday. He was from Elyria (eh-LEER’-ee-uh), roughly 25 miles west of Cleveland.
Brad Rehm tells The Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria that word of his cousin’s death was shocking.
Gary Rehm is survived by his wife, Erin.
He was part of a crew of nearly 300 aboard the destroyer when a Philippine-flagged container ship collided with it early Saturday. Authorities declined to speculate on a cause.
A delay in reporting the collision is under investigation.