Fil-Am sailor killed in Navy destroyer collision laid to rest
BONITA, CA — With his family dressed in all white, waiting outside of the church doors, the flag-draped casket of fire controlman, 2nd class Carlos Victor Sibayan made its way to the church for his burial.
Sibayan’s shipmates from the USS Fitzgerald served as pall bearers.
The 23-year-old Pasig City-born sailor was among seven casualties last month, when the USS Fitzgerald collided with with a Philippine-flagged cargo ship.
The cause of the early morning collision is still being investigated.
After moving to Southern California, Sibayan joined the Navy four years ago, spending the last 3 years in Japan.
Sibayan, whose father Victor retired from the military earlier this year, was expected to return home this summer.
The fallen sailor’s body was then escorted to the Glenn Abbey Memorial Park.
Despite this tragedy, nothing is stopping the Sibayan family from carrying on their tradition of service.
Carlos’s younger brother, Vince, still plans to eventually enlist.