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Thursday, October 12, 2006

This Day in Terrorism - The U.S.S. Cole

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The USS Cole, a Navy guided missile destroyer (DDG-67), was named for U.S. Marine Sergeant Darrell S. Cole, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry at Iwo Jima.

On October 12, 2000, the Cole was on a routine fuel stop in the Yemeni port in Aden. Refueling started at 10:30 a.m. local time; within an hour, the stop would be anything but routine.

At 11:18 a.m., a small craft neared the port side of the ship, and exploded.

The blast blew a 40' x 40' hole in the Cole's port side. It took until evening to manage flooding in the engineering areas.

Responsibility for the attack quickly became clear - the bombers were Ibrahim al-Thawr and Abdullah al-Misawa, and the attack was planned and organized by Al-Qaeda.

Numerous ships responded in the wake of the attack - the USS Hawes and USS Donald Cook assisted with repairs; the USS Catawba, USS Camden, USS Anchorage, USS Tarawa, and USS Duluth assisted with security, damage control, and food service, among other things. The Norwegian salvage vessel MV Blue Marlin transported the Cole back to the U.S. for repairs.

In the aftermath, there were significant changes to Navy procedures. A number of individuals were tried, or otherwise dealt with, for their roles in the attacks:

On November 3, 2002, in Yemen, a Predator UAV fired an AGM-114 Hellfire missile at a vehicle carrying Abu Ali al-Harithi, one of the suspected planners of the attack. Ahmed Hijazi, an American citizen, died with him.

On September 29, 2004, also in Yemen, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri and Jamal al-Badawi were sentenced to death for their roles in the bombing. Al-Nashiri was believed to be the operation's mastermind. And four others were sentenced to prison terms for involvement in the Cole bombing, including a Yemeni who had videotaped it.

Notably, a failed attempt at a bombing of the USS The Sullivans in the year 2000 has been seen to be a trial for the Cole attack. (The attack failed because the boat, overloaded with the explosives, started to sink).

Killed in the attack were:

Hull Maintenance Technician 2nd Class Kenneth Eugene Clodfelter, 21, of Mechanicsville, Virginia

Chief Petty Officer Richard Costelow, 35, Morrisville, Pennsylvania

Mess Management Specialist Seaman Lakeina Monique Francis, 19, of Woodleaf, North Carolina

Information Systems Technician Seaman Timothy Lee Gauna, 21, of Rice, Texas

Signalman Seaman Cherone Louis Gunn, 22, of Rex, Georgia

Seaman James Rodrick McDaniels, 19, of Norfolk, Virginia

Engineman 2nd Class Marc Ian Nieto, 24, of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

Electronics Warfare Technician 2nd Class Ronald Scott Owens, 24, of Vero Beach, Florida

Seaman Lakiba Nicole Palmer, 22, of San Diego, California

Engineman Fireman Joshua Langdon Parlett, 19, of Churchville, Maryland
Fireman Patrick Howard Roy, 19, of Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York

Electronics Warfare Technician 1st Class Kevin Shawn Rux, 30, of Portland, North Dakota

Mess Management Specialist 3rd Class Ronchester Manangan Santiago, 22, Kingsville, Texas

Operations Specialist 2nd Class Timothy Lamont Saunders, 32, of Ringgold, Virginia

Fireman Gary Graham Swenchonis Jr., 26, Rockport, Texas

Ensign Andrew Triplett, 31, of Macon, Mississippi

Seaman Craig Bryan Wibberley, 19, of Williamsport, Maryland

The USS Cole recently deployed to the Middle East for the first time since the attack. Story - Photos

For More Information:
U.S.S. Cole (
Wikipedia: USS Cole bombing
DoD Press Release
Yemen Gateway
Haze Gray and Underway
USS Cole Recovery
NavSource Online

Graphic by Doug Kidd

CORDON AND SEARCH — U.S. Army soldiers from the 549th Military Police Company, 3rd Military Police Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division use the winch from their armored security vehicle to open a steel door while conducting a cordon and search in Mosul, Iraq, Oct. 4, 2006. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Christa Martin

In Today's News - Thursday, October 12, 2006

Quote of the Day
"We are at war,
and our security as a nation
depends on winning that war."

-- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
U.S. Army Sets Iraq Troop Plans Through 2010
Rebels Kill 8 in Assault on Baghdad TV Station
Bush dismisses Iraq death toll study

Operation Enduring Freedom
Two suicide blasts wound 16 in Afghanistan

Homeland Security / War on Terror
American Al Qaeda Member to Be Indicted for Treason
Indonesia, Australia remember 2002 Bali bombings

Mid-East Ceasefire / Hamas Rising / Israel at War
Kidnapped American Student Freed in West Bank
Israel kills 5 Palestinians during Gaza clashes
Israel's Olmert faces defeat in any election: poll

Immigration / Border Control
Border fence to complicate US-Mexico ties: Calderon

Worldwide Wackos
United States Drafts North Korea Resolution to Appeal to China, Russia
N.Korea warns Japan against sanctions - Video
China envoy heads to U.S. for talks on North Korea
US pushes for Friday UN vote on N. Korea sanctions - Video
Bush says U.S. won't attack North Korea
Travel ban added to N. Korea resolution

Homegrown Moonbats
Grrr! Barbra Streisand ... Shut the [bleep] Up!

Politics / Government
Schwarzenegger tells Leno link to Bush is "ridiculous"
Abortion opponents energized in key U.S. state
Democrat courts conservatives in Tennessee Senate race
Poll: N.J. senate race still tight
Ethics panel questions page supervisors
AP Exclusive: Reid got $1M in land sale

U.N. News
General Assembly to appoint new U.N. leader Friday - Video
Violence against children widely accepted: UN study

News from My Neck of the Woods
Small Plane Crashes Into New York City High-Rise, Killing Yankees Pitcher Cory Lidle
Investigators Find Pilot's Log From NYC Plane Crash - PHOTO ESSAY
VIDEO: Witnesses Recount Crash
VIDEO: Announcer: 'What a Shock'
VIDEO: Teammates, Coaches Remember Cory Lidle as Colorful
Ballplayers stunned by Cory Lidle's death in crash
Plane in NYC crash had safety parachute
Lidle had 2 passions, pitching, flying

Prosecutor Charged With Indecency for Workplace Nudity
Madonna adopts African boy, village chief says
China agonizes over leg-stretching-by-rack surgery
Cockroach-eating contest bugs animal group
Birds and bees may be gay: museum exhibition

Other News of Note
Jupiter tiny spot goes from white to red
Amish raze school, site of shooting

Fox News
Ind. Nun to Become First American Saint Since 2000
Budget Deficit Falls to Four-Year Low
Texas Cops Hunt Suspect in Mom's Murder
Prosecutor Rejects Plea Deal in Groene Slaying
Parents of Missing University of Vermont Student Plead for Help Finding Daughter in Web Video
Stocks to Watch, Oct. 12: PepsiCo, Healthways

Reuters: Top News
French lower house approves Armenia genocide bill
Fresh violence flares in Mexican tourist town
China says may take tourists into space
Sony says developing video Walkman
Microsoft rolls out online safety initiative
Daily weighing key to keeping lost pounds off
Aggression drugs little help in Alzheimer's: study
Oil falls to lowest level this year - Video
Wall Street seen nudging up; earnings, data eyed
Dollar reverses post-Fed gains, awaits data - Video
SABMiller beer rise beats forecast, but shares dip - Video
Gold advances on bargain hunting, eyes oil
Inflation a concern
Planning for longevity
Costco says profit up, options committee formed
Schering-Plough says has looked at Bristol-Myers
Barclays and RBS warn gaming clients on U.S.: source
EADS crisis overshadows French-German summit
ICBC's IPO attracts $100 billion worth of orders: source
Suncorp bids $5.8 bln for Promina

AP World News
New type of mouse discovered in Cyprus
Car loans help the poor get to work
Syrian poet favored to win Nobel Prize
Tigers go up 2-0 with 8-5 win in Game 2
Study: Credit card late fees much higher
Actors see red on 'Grey's Anatomy' set
Ex-ATF chief had staff give homework aid
Study: Decaf coffee has some caffeine .
FCC puts off AT&T-BellSouth merger vote
Anna Nicole Smith's lead attorney quits
Dow ends down 15 on Alcoa profit report
Pacers' Jackson charged in club fight
U.S. Air Power in East Asia has Grown
No Data Confirming 2nd N. Korea Test

CENTCOM: News Releases




Top DoD readiness officials tour command
Joint Systems Baseline Assessment 2006 comes to successful close- podcast
More about the Joint Systems Integration Command
USJFCOM commander discusses reserve force issues - podcast

Department of Defense
Defeat Would Embolden Enemy - Story
For Top News Visit DefenseLink

Soldiers Patrol the Liquid Highways of Iraq - Story
Soldiers Work to Eliminate Terrorist Threats - Story
‘Spirit and Body Tour’ Stops at Camp Liberty - Story

Iraqi Soldiers Visit Schools, Hand Out Supplies
Coalition Conference Looks at the New Iraq
Senior NCO Visits 10th Mountain Division Soldiers
Iraqi Engineer Juggles Family's Safety with Job
'America's Battalion' Returns to Families in Hawaii

Task Force Grizzly Soldiers Eliminate Insurgents
Afghan NCOs Complete Drill Sergeant Course
Afghan Laborers Continue Work on Local Dam

Renewal In Iraq
Iraq: Security, Stability
Fact Sheet: Progress and Work Ahead
Report: Strategy for Victory in Iraq
Iraq Daily Update
This Week in Iraq
Multinational Force Iraq
State Dept. Weekly Iraq Report (PDF)
'Boots on the Ground' Audio Archive
Weekly Reconstruction Report (PDF)
Iraq Reconstruction

Afghanistan Update

Fact Sheet: Budget Request
Fact Sheet: War on Terror
Fact Sheet: Terror Plots Disrupted
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Al Azamiyah Al Basrah Al Hillah Al Karkh Al Kazimiyah Al Kut
An Nasiriyah Baghdad Baqubah Mosul Najaf Nineveh Tall Kayf

Bost/Laskar Ghurian Herat Kabul Qandahar


National Hurricane Center

Today in History
- In Munich, 180 Jews are set on fire after refusing baptism.
1492 - Columbus arrives in the Bahamas.
1776 - The British begin guarding Throgg's Neck Road (Bronx, NY).
1822 - The second eruption of Galunggung (Java) destroys the mountain's summit.
1823 - Charles Macintosh of Scotland begins selling raincoats (Macs).
1860 - British and French troops capture Peking.
1861 - On the Mississippi, the Confederate ironclad Manassas attacks the Union's sloop Richmond, causing severe damage below the waterline.
1862 - JEB Stuart completes his second ride around McClellan; Major General Earl Van Dorn assumes command of Conferate troops in Missisippi.
1886 - A hurricane and its resulting storm surge kill 250 in Indianola, TX.
1915 - In Belgium, English nurse Edith Cavell is executed by the Germans; Theodore Roosevelt criticizes dual citizenship.
1918 - At Boston's Childrens' Hospital, the Iron Lung is first used; Cloquet, MN, and 25 other communities are destroyed by a forest fire that kills 559.
1933 - Alcatraz unofficially becomes a Federal prison; John Dillinger escapes from the Allen County, OH, jail.
1941 - The Russian government moves from Moscow to Volga as the Nazis close in.
1942 - The U.S. Navy defeats the Japanese in the Battle of Cape Esperance.
1949 - Eugenie Anderson becomes the first woman ambassador nominated in the U.S.
1957 - The first commercial flight between CA and Antartica takes place.
1960 - Nikita Khrushchev pounds his shoe on the desk during a U.N. General Assembly session. 1962 - The U.S. and U.S.S.R. sign a joint telecommunications/meteorology space effort.
1963 - Archaeological digs begin at Masada, Israel.
1964 - The Voskhod-1 is launched with a three man crew (Komarov, Feokistov, Yegorov).
1968 - Equatorial Guinea gains independence from Spain; at the Olympic opening ceremonies in Mexico City, Norma Enriqueta Basilio Satelo is first woman to light the Olympic flame.
1969 - Soyuz-7 is launched.
1972 - 46 sailors are injured in a race riot on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Kitty Hawk; Mariner-9 takes pictures of the Martian north pole.
1973 - Nixon nominates Gerald Ford to replace Spiro Agnew as VP.
1975 - Archbishop Oliver Plunkett becomes the first Irish-born saint in seven centuries; NASA launches the space vehicle S-195.
1976 - Hua Guo-feng succeeds Mao Tse-tung as chairman of China's Communist Party.
1977 - Psychic Romark attempts to drive blindfolded, fails, and smashes into a police van (Guess he didn't see that one coming); the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in the "reverse discrimination" case of Allan Bakke, a white student denied admission to the University of California Medical School.
1978 - Representatives of Israel and Egypt open talks in Washington.
1984 - The IRA bombs a hotel where Margaret Thatcher is staying.
1985 - The International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War receive the Nobel Prize.
1988 - Israel and China sign a trade deal, plan diplomatic relations.

- King Edward VI of England (1547-53)
1798 - Pedro I, first emperor of Brazil (1822-31), King of Portugal
1860 - Elmer A. Sperry, inventor (gyrocompass)
1866 - Ramsay MacDonald, British PM (1924, 1929-35)
1923 - Jean Nidetch, founder of Weight Watchers
1932 - Dick Gregory, comedian/political activist/dietician (Bahamian Diet); Jake Garn (Sen-UT) / astronaut (STS 51D)
1935 - Luciano Pavarotti, operatic tenor
1947 - Chris Wallace, newscaster (NBC Weekend News)
1950 - Susan Anton, actress (Golden Girl, Spring Fever)
1969 - Kimberly Ann Grimm, Miss Maryland-America (1991)
1970 - Kimberly Hoskins, Miss Arizona-America (1991)

- Matsuo Basho, greatest Japanese haiku poet
1860 - Sir Henry G. W. Smith, leader of British-Indian forces
1864 - Roger Taney, Supreme Court Chief Justice
1870 - Robert E. Lee, General of the Confederate Army
1945 - Jesse James Payne, lynched in Madison County, Florida
1985 - Johnny Olsen, TV announcer (Price is Right)
1987 - Alfred M. Landon, former Kansas Governor; Philleo Nash, US Bureau of Indian Affairs (1961-67)

Reported Missing in Action
Elkins, Frank C., USN (NC); A4E shot down, remains ID'd February, 1990

Woods, Robert D., USN (MO); A1H shot down, released March, 1973 - retired as a Commander - alive as of 1998

Derrickson, Thomas G., USAF (CA); F4C shot down (pilot, w/Hardy)

Hardy, John K., USAF (CA); F4C shot down (w/Derrickson)

Brunson, Cecil H., USAF (TN); F4E shot down (w/Young), released by DRV March, 1973 - alive as of 1998

Price, William M., USMC (IL); A6A disappeared during combat mission (co-pilot, w/Peacock)

Peacock, John R. II, USMC (HI); A6A disappeared during combat mission (pilot, w/Price)

Young, Myron A., USAF (CA); F4E shot down (pilot, w/Brunson), released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Lt. Colonel - R.I.P. July, 1999