13 October 2006

USS Cole remembered

You may not have realized it, but yesterday was the 6th anniversary on the USS Cole. The news media is so engrossed in politics that they apparently made almost no mention of it.
Six years ago Thursday, the Cole was in the southern port of Aden, Yemen. At 11:18 a.m. local time, suicide bombers detonated an explosives-laden boat against the port side, creating a 40-by-60-foot hole and nearly sinking the 505-foot, 8,315-ton ship.
The attack killed 17 sailors and wounded 38 more. Sometimes we get lost in the numbers. But names are harder to forget. Names have spouses, kids and families who suffered. Take a moment today or this weekend to remember those brave sailors who were among the first casualties in the War on Terror.

Hull Maintenance Technician Second Class Kenneth Eugene Clodfelter, 21, of Mechanicsville, Va.

Electronics Technician Chief Petty Officer Richard Costelow, 35, of Morrisville, Pa.

Mess Management Specialist Seaman Lakeina Monique Francis, 19, of Woodleaf, N.C.

Information Systems Technician Seaman Timothy Lee Gauna, 21, of Rice, Texas

Signalman Seaman Cherone Louis Gunn, 22, of Rex, Ga.

Seaman James Rodrick McDaniels, 19, of Norfolk, Va.

Engineman Second Class Marc Ian Nieto, 24, of Fond du Lac, Wis.

Electronics Warfare Technician Second Class Ronald Scott Owens, 24, of Vero Beach, Fla.

Seaman Lakiba Nicole Palmer, 22, of San Diego, Calif.

Engineman Fireman Joshua Langdon Parlett, 19, of Churchville, Md.

Fireman Patrick Howard Roy, 19, of Cornwall on Hudson, N.Y.

Electronics Warfare Technician First Class Kevin Shawn Rux, 30, of Portland, N.D.

Mess Management Specialist Third Class Ronchester Manangan Santiago, 22, Kingsville, Texas

Operations Specialist Second Class Timothy Lamont Saunders, 32, of Ringgold, Va.

Fireman Gary Graham Swenchonis Jr., 26, Rockport, Texas

Ensign Andrew Triplett, 31, of Macon, Miss.

Seaman Craig Bryan Wibberley, 19, of Williamsport, Md.

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