Petition started to name a Navy destroyer after USS Fitzgerald hero

sailor memorial Petition started to name a Navy destroyer after USS Fitzgerald hero

U.S. Sailors fold seven American flags during a memorial ceremony June 27, 2017 for seven Sailors assigned to the USS Fitzgerald who were killed in a June 17 collision in the Pacific Ocean off Japan. (U.S. Navy photo)

By Michelle Dolge

There’s an effort to name the next unnamed guided missile destroyer, DDG 127, after Fire Controlman 1st Class Gary L. Rehm Jr., who died saving 20 other sailors in the crash of the USS Fitzgerald.

The petition on Change.org asks for 25,000 signatures. Apparently, it takes 15,000 signatures to garner the interest of the Secretary of the Navy. The petition is currently over that threshold.

It is the Secretary of the Navy’s job to name ships.

rehm Petition started to name a Navy destroyer after USS Fitzgerald hero

File photo of Fire Controlman 1st Class Gary Leo Rehm Jr., 37, from Elyria, Ohio. (U.S. Navy photo)

Tim Jennings of Oswego, Illinois started the petition. On the petition, he says Rehm should be honored because “he epitomized the guiding principle of Ship, Shipmate, Self by making the ultimate sacrifice in order to save 20 shipmates and attempting to save 6 more.”

Seven American sailors died when the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) collided with a cargo ship in the sea off the coast of Japan. An investigation is continuing as to how the ships crashed into each other.

You can sign the petition here.

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