Escorted by dozens of Patriot Guard Riders, Yeoman 3rd Class Shingo Alexander Douglass was laid to rest Friday at Miramar National Cemetery in a private afternoon service.
Douglass was one of the two San Diego-area Navy sailors who died in last month’s collision between the destroyer USS Fitzgerald and a Philippine-flagged container ship near Japan.
The Douglass family and members of the U.S. Navy attended the interment ceremony. It was not open to the public or media.
The 25-year-old fallen sailor was 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, was a certified scuba diver and a black belt in karate. He spent many summers in Japan, where he became fluent in Japanese.
Private funeral services for 23-year-old Fire Controlman 2nd Class Carlos Victor Ganzon Sibayan of Chula Vista were scheduled for Saturday. The service is not open to the public.
Seven sailors 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 if the ship can be repaired there in Japan, or will have to return to the U.S.
— City News Service contributed to this article.