Tenth Anniversary of USS Cole Bombing Commemorated in Norfolk
Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of the bombing of the USS Cole, and the ship’s crew and others commemorated the event at the Norfolk Naval Station. But as Charles Fishburne reports, many believe there is still unfinished business in the incident.
Seventeen sailors died when a suicide bomber attacked the USS Cole as it refueled in Aden, Yemen, ten years ago yesterday. Admiral J.C. Harvey, Jr. and current crew members laid a wreath after the names, ranks and hometowns of the victims were read and guests were asked to rise as taps was played.
But some current crew members and former Commander Ken Lippold are upset that no one has ever gone to trial in the incident and charges against the alleged mastermind, a Guantanamo detainee, were withdrawn by the Obama administration.
But yesterday’s ceremony was some comfort to the families. John Clodfelter of Mechanicsville, whose son was killed during the bombing said, “Even if it’s hard, it’s important for us to come together and remember.” He said,“In a way, it’s comforting.”
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News