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Funeral held for Chula Vista sailor killed in USS Fitzgerald collision

SAN DIEGO -- Services were held Saturday for the second of two San Diego-area Navy sailors who died in last month's collision between the destroyer USS Fitzgerald and a Phillipine-flagged container ship near Japan.

The funeral for Fire Controlman 2nd Class Carlos Victor Ganzon Sibayan, a 23-year-old from Chula Vista, was held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Corpus Christi Parish in Bonita.

The Mass was broadcast live on Facebook for those who could not attend, including family in the Philippines, where Sibayan was born. Among those who spoke at the service was Sibayan’s father, Victor.

“When I wrote my retirement speech, I thought that was hard. But writing a speech for Carlos was the hardest and most painful one,” Victor said.

His father said the young sailor was determined, smart and had a bright future. Holding back tears, he recalled the time his son promised that he would make chief in eight years and openly spoke about advice he had given his son and his need to find answers to what happened onboard the ship.

“Some of my advice to him was the importance of standing a proper watch. He needs to make sure that everyone and everything is safe and secure. But after he died, one night Carlos appeared into my dream telling me, 'I stood my watch for three years when they were asleep. What happened to me?'"

As the mass ended with his father’s final words, Sibayan was carried out with a burial flag placed over his casket and was taken to his final resting place.

Sibayan "had a passion for drawing and playing video games," according to a digital obituary posted online in his memory.

"He had a zest for life that was noted by all who knew him. His kind and loving nature made him a favorite among family and friends alike."

On Friday, an interment ceremony was held at the Miramar National Cemetery for Yeoman 3rd Class Shingo Alexander Douglass, a 2010 Fallbrook High School graduate who lived in San Diego.

Born in a military hospital in Okinawa, he was described by his family as "an adventurous young man" who loved to travel, became fluent in Japanese, was a certified scuba diver and a black belt in karate.

Douglass' family told FOX 5 the impact of his loss has been muted some by the outpouring of love and support they've received from the community.

Seven sailors, including Sibayan and Douglass, died in the June 17 collision. Most of them were asleep in their berths, which flooded after the bow of the ACX Crystal ripped open a ragged 12-foot by 17-foot hole in the starboard side of the Fitzgerald below the waterline.

An investigation into the cause of the collision is underway. The U.S. Naval Institute Press reported that the Fitzgerald will enter a drydock in Yokosuka later this month, where officials will determine whether the ship can be repaired there in Japan, or will have to return to the U.S.