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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Thursday, October 12, 2000
Terrorist Attack on USS Cole
USS Cole (DDG-67) is an Arleigh Burke-class, Aegis guided missile destroyer home ported in Norfolk, Va. Cole, built by Ingalls Shipbuilding, Inc., was launched on 10 February 1995 and commissioned on 8 June 1996. At 11:18 a.m. on October 12, 2000 while the Cole was pulling into the port of Aden, Yemen for refueling, the ship was attacked by a small boat laden with explosives. The blast created a 40-foot hole in the port side of the ship’s hull. Casualties included 17 killed and 39 wounded.

In a statement given shortly after the event, the commanding officer of the Cole, CDR Kirk Lippold said;

When the explosion occurred, the immediate actions of the crew saved this ship and saved the lives of many, many of of the crewmembers onboard. The courageousness that was shown by them was unbelievable. They have worked non-stop since then. You can be proud of every single Sailor aboard this ship. They have done their part now. They have done their part every single minute since it happened and I know that they will continue to do it.

USS Cole Memorial Webpage

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 17

Namesort descending Service Branch
HT2 Kenneth Clodfelter USN
ET1 Richard Costelow USN
MSSN Lakeina Francis USN
ITSN Timothy Gauna USN
SMSR Cherone Gunn USN
SN James McDaniels USN
EN2 (SW) Marc Nieto USN
EW2 Ronald Owens USN
SR Lakiba Palmer USN
ENFN Joshua Parlett USN
FN Patrick Roy USN
EW1 Kevin Rux USN
MS3 Ronchester Santiago USN
OS2 Timothy Saunders USN
FN Gary Swenchonis USN
LTJG Andrew Triplett USN
SA Craig Wibberley USN