Salutes and sadness swept over Weslaco City Cemetery as a hometown hero was laid to rest. Gunner’s Mate Petty Officer 2ND Class Noe Hernandez passed away on June 17, 2017 in Japan.
Hernandez served onboard Navy destroyer, U.S.S. Fitzgerald when the ship collided with a container vessel off the coast of Japan, seven sailors died.
Fitzgerald is part of U.S. Navy’s 7th fleet, officials identified the dead as: “Gunner’s Mate Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby, 19, from Palmyra, Virginia. Yeoman 3rd Class Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25, from San Diego, California, Sonar Technician 3rd Class Ngoc T Truong Huynh, 25, from Oakville, Connecticut, Fire Controlman 2nd Class Carlos Victor Ganzon Sibayan, 23, from Chula Vista, California, Personnel Specialist 1st Class Xavier Alec Martin, 24, from Halethorpe, Maryland, Fire Controlman 1st Class Gary Leo Rehm Jr., 37, from Elyria, Ohio and Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Noe Hernandez, 26, from Weslaco, Texas.”
According to Hernandez’s obituary, “he is survived by his wife Dora L. Hernandez and their 2-year-old son, Leon E. Hernandez. His mother Virginia Yolanda Hernandez Lozano from Weslaco, Texas, his brother Jorge Hernandez and sister Mireya H. Alvarez whom both live in Las Vegas, Nevada. His aunt Rosa Guzman whom helped raise Noe, from Weslaco, Texas. And his father Jose Hernandez who lives in Alamo, Texas.”