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20 years after the attack on the USS Cole, memories of heroism and loss | Virginian-Pilot
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20 years after the attack on the USS Cole, memories of heroism and loss | Virginian-Pilot

The USS Cole eased into a port in Yemen 20 years ago to refuel while on its way to the Persian Gulf. Machinery repairman Rick Harrison noticed another ship nearby that made him feel uneasy. The captain, Cmdr. Kirk Lippold, made sure the ship was turned around and pointed out towards the sea. A short time later, a nearby dinghy broke away from a barge and headed for the destroyer. The two men on board steered the boat towards the port side of the USS Cole, before exploding near the stern. Seventeen sailors were killed, and 39 were seriously injured. It took nine days to recover everyone as some had become trapped by the blast and the remaining crew members had to work to keep the ship afloat.

Source: https://www.pilotonline.com/military/dp-nw-cole-what-happened-20201008-v4qwdhggjrfgffzl22mycmc7ou-story.html

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