RGV Sailor Killed in USS Fitzgerald Collision Remembered

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The U.S. Navy says a 26-year-old Weslaco native is among the seven sailors who died Saturday, June 17, in a collision between the U.S.S Fitzgerald and a container ship off the coast of Japan.

Aly Hernandez-Singer, Noe Hernandez’s Cousin said “He loved serving his country. He loved America
with all his heart. And to him, being in the Navy was his life. That was his passion.”

Since his younger years in high school. Gunner’s Mate Second Class Noe Hernandez knew he wanted to serve his country. He joined the ROTC program at Weslaco High School. It was there where he met the love of his life.

“He only had one girlfriend, which was the girl he married.” Said Hernandez-Singer.

Hernandez-Singer says the morning she found out her cousin was missing, she didn’t think it would end like this.

“I really, really believed they were going to be fine. I had no idea he was gone by that time.”

While Hernandez-Singer says the family now has a new angel watching over them, Hernandez’s death took everyone by surprise.

“It’s just very tough. I have moments where I’m laughing looking at his pictures and then next thing you know I’m just sobbing all over again.”

Currently the crash is under investigation. Hernandez-Singer said  it’ll be several weeks before his body is shipped back to his family for a funeral.

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