Grad from Temecula’s Chaparral High among 7 sailors killed on USS Fitzgerald
By Ali Tadayon
One of seven Navy sailors killed Saturday, June 17, when the USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship off the coast of Japan was a 2012 graduate of Temecula’s Chaparral High School.
Carlos Victor Ganzon Sibayan, 23, most recently a resident of Chula Vista, had been involved in the school’s Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, said the program’s senior instructor, retired Marine Lt. Paul Bishop.
This undated photo released by the U.S. Navy, Monday, June 19, 2017, shows Fire Controlman 2nd Class Carlos Victor Ganzon Sibayan, 23, from Chula Vista, California. Sibayan is one of the seven sailors who died in a collision between the USS Fitzgerald and a container ship off Japan on Saturday, June 17, 2017. (U.S. Navy via AP)
Bishop said Sibayan was a cadet in the program all four years of high school, and was a “natural leader.”
“He was a real hard-charging cadet,” Bishop said. “He was very active in our unit, active in our drill team, volunteered a lot with extracurricular activities, and was always helping out with community service projects.”
Bishop said he knew Sibayan would join the Navy after graduating because he came from a “Navy family.”When Bishop was told that Sibayan was one of the seven sailors who died over the weekend, he was devastated.
When Bishop was told that Sibayan was one of the seven sailors who died over the weekend, he was devastated.
Sibayan earned the rank of squad leader while in the ROTC program and won several awards. But what most cadets cherished about him was his demeanor, Bishop said.
“He was highly thought of by the cadets and always had a smile on his face,” Bishop said. “He was always cheerful and never got down.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.