2015 ceremony commemorating the 15th anniversary of the attack on the USS Cole
Sailors participate in a ceremony commemorating the 15th anniversary of the attack on the USS Cole

Attack on the USS Cole (October 12, 2000)

On Thursday, October 12, 2000, the USS Cole, commanded by Kirk Lippold arrived in Port of Aden, Yemen, for refueling. Shortly after mooring, a small craft approached the ship and detonated. Acting like a shape charge, the blast blew a 40 by 60 foot gash in the side of the warship

The blast hit the vessel's galley, where many of the crew had lined up for food. 17 sailors were killed, with an additional 39 wounded. 

The Royal Navy frigate HM Marlborough diverted course and steamed quickly to the Cole's aid, bringing badly needed supplies and medical equipment. Quick damage control saved the vessel, and after it was determined that the keel remained sound, the U.S. Navy tugged the Cole out of the harbor.

The attack was the deadliest on a U.S. vessel since the attack on the USS Stark in 1987. 

Four crewmen from the USS Cole rest at Arlington: 

Richard D. Costelow
Section 60, Site 7732
Cherone L. Gunn
Section 60, Site 7733
Kenneth Eugene Clodfelter
Section 60, Site 7734
Ronald S. Owens
Court 5, Section M1, Column 2, Niche 5