Elyria sailor killed in USS Fitzgerald collision was to retire in 3 months; Ohio officials react to news

ELYRIA, Ohio — A U.S. Navy sailor from Elyria 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., 37, was among seven sailors killed aboard the USS Fitzgerald on Saturday. He was from Elyria , roughly 25 miles west of Cleveland.

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.

Ohio officials tweeted about Rehm’s death:

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