Remembering the 17 sailors who died in the USS Cole bombing 17 years ago | American Military News

The guided-missile destroyer USS Cole was attacked by suicide bombers while refueling in Yemen 17 years ago today, Oct. 12. The explosion blasted a large hole in the hull of the ship. Al-Qaida claimed the 2000 attack, during which 17 sailors died and 39 others were injured. This was the deadliest attack against a U.S. Navy destroyer since 1987. USS Cole after the suicide bombing (Released) It was reported that the event foreshadowed the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which would take place less than a year later. A U.S. judge ruled that Sudan was responsible for the attack. Another judge released more than $13 million in frozen Sudanese assets to the families of those sailors who were killed. The 17 sailors who were killed were: Hull Maintenance Technician 2nd Class Kenneth Eugene Clodfelter, 21, of Mechanicsville, Virginia; Chief Electronics Technician Richard Costelow, 35, of Morrisville, Pennsylvania; Mess Management Specialist Seaman Lakeina Monique Francis, 19, of Woodleaf, North

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