It was fifteen years ago today – on October 12, 2000, some eleven months before the tragedy of September 11, 2001, that the U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer warship, USS COLE (DDG-67) was attacked by Al-Qaeda forces which bombed her while she was refueling in Aden, Yemen. Seventeen of her crew would be killed and 39 more would be seriously injured in what was the deadliest attack against a United States naval vessel since the USS STARK (FFG-31) incident in 1987.As a Navy veteran, as a patriot and as an American, I remember the brave men and women of the USS Cole’s crew. I make this post in honor of those who served aboard her – with special honor and memory to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice while in service to country.
Continue to rest in peace, shipmates.
– G E ‘Rob’ Robinson, Sr., USN (Ret)