The USS Cole was hit with a bomb today. So far, four US Navy sailor
s have been confirmed dead, many more injured.
This reminds me of when the USS Samuel B. Roberts hit a mine. I was in the Gulf at the time, and they had just taken our patrol that morning. They hit the mine that we went by all night. Nobody was killed there, luckily.
The USS Cole incident reminds me of the dedication of our sons and daughters who volunteer for what they believe in. Even if you live in a different country, you have someone in your military that you care about, someone that stands guard over your freedom. Let us take a moment of silence to remember the sacrifices of these people and the ghosts that the four individuals now go to join, ghosts of hope and what may be.
Electronics technician 1st Class Richard Costelow
Signalman Seaman Recruit Cheron Louis Gunn
Seaman James Rodrick McDaniels
Seaman Recruit Lakiba Nicole Palmer
Operations Specialist 2nd Class Timothy Lamont Saunder
Ensign Andrew Triplett
Seaman Apprentice Craig Bryan Wilbberley
Hull Maintenance Tech 3rd Class Kenneth Eugene Clodfelter
Mess Management Specialist Seaman Lakeina Monique Francis
Information Systems Technician Seaman Timothy Lee Gauna
Engineman 2nd Class Marc Ian Nieto
Electronics Warfare Tech 3rd Class Ronald Scott Owens
Engineman Fireman Joshua Langdon Parlett
Fireman Apprentice Patrick Howard Roy
Electronics Warfare Technician 2nd Class Kevin Shawn Rux
Mess Management Specialist 3rd Class Ronchester Mananga Santiago
Fireman Gary Graham Swenchonis Jr.
Rest in peace.