USS Cole Marks 10th Anniversary of Terror Attack

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Tuesday marked the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the USS Cole in Yemen that killed 17 American sailors and injured 39 others.

The U.S. Navy destroyer was docked and refueling at Aden Harbor on Oct. 12, 2000 when suicide bombers drove a boat full of explosives into the Cole, tearing a 40-foot by 60-foot hole in its side.

Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack, but to date, no one has been brought to justice for the bombing.

Despite being cleared of any wrongdoing by the Judge Advocate General's office, Cmdr. Kirk Lippold -- the USS Cole's commanding officer -- was denied promotion and retired from the Navy in 2007.

The USS Cole is still in service in the U.S. Navy and recently returned home from a deployment.

Memorials were held Tuesday at the ship's home port at the Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va.

Adm. J.C. Harvey Jr. addressed the assembled audience, which included families of the victims of the attack. The memorial ceremony also featured a laying of a wreath.

Over the past decade, Yemen has become a terrorist hotbed.  Some terror experts consider the country home to Islamic militants of al Qaeda on the Arabian peninsula.

The sailors killed in the USS Cole attack were: Kenneth Eugene Clodfelter, Richard Costelow, Lakeina Monique Francis, Timothy Lee Gauna, Cheron Luis Gunn, James Rodrick McDaniels, Mark Ian Nieto, Ronald Scott Owens, Lakiba Nicole Palmer, Joshua Langdon Parlett, Patrick Howard Roy, Kevin Shawn Rux, Ronchester Mananga Santiago, Timothy Lamont Saunders, Gary Graham Swenchonis Jr. Andrew Triplett, and Craig Bryan Wibberley.

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