Sailor Killed In U.S.S. Fitzgerald Collision Laid To Rest In Broken Arrow
BROKEN ARROW, Oklahoma - A sailor killed in the U.S.S. Fitzgerald collision was buried with full military honors today in Broken Arrow.
Tan Huynh is one of the seven sailors killed when The Destroyer collided with a shop off the coast of Japan.
Huynh was born in Vietnam and moved to the United States when he was just a boy.
He lived in a number of states, but never Oklahoma.
His family moved here after he joined the service and they wanted him to be buried in the state they now call home.
Friends, family and strangers gathered for a graveside service honoring Huynh Thursday.
"The service was very, very moving," Patriot Guard Rider Poppy Priest said.
The sailor was on his first Navy assignment working as a sonar Technician 3rd Class on the U.S.S Fitzgerald.
The warship crashed with a container ship off the coast of Japan.
Huynh and six others died.
"Very tragic," Priest said.
Priest is a Patriot Guard Rider, a group that travels around the state to pay respect to fallen heroes.
He says Huynh was a proud sailor and a good person.
"He was very easy going. He was happy. He pro-Navy," Priest said. "He was gonna make it in life. He loved his job. He loved his country and he loved his family."
Many sailors were at the service, including 15 of Huynh's crew mates who presented a cased flag that flew over the U.S.S. Fitzgerald.
A special gift for a family that had to say goodbye to a hero who died serving the country.
"They've got their son with them. He's home," Priest said.
Huynh leaves behind a mother, two sisters, a brother and a niece.