Norfolk, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
USS Cole DDG 67
[Rendering of the guided missile destroyer USS COLE]
At 1118 on the morning of October 12, 2000, as USS COLE (DDG 67) was refueling in Aden Harbor, Yemen, suicide bombers detonated an explosive-laden boat directly against the port side of the ship. The resulting blast killed 17 Sailors, wounded 37 others, and tore a hole forty by sixty feet in the ship's hull. In the aftermath of the explosion, the crew of USS COLE fought tirelessly to free shipmates trapped by the twisted wreckage and limit flooding that threatened to sink their ship. The crew's prompt actions to isolate damaged electrical systems and contain fuel oil ruptures prevented catastrophic fires that could have engulfed the ship and cost the lives of countless men and women. Skillful first aid and advanced medical treatment applied by the crew prevented additional death and eased the suffering of many others. Drawing upon their Navy training and discipline, the crew heroically conducted more than 96 hours of sustained damage control in conditions of extreme heat and stress. Deprived of sleep, food and shelter, they vigilantly battled to preserve a secure perimeter and restore stability to engineering systems that were vital to the ship's survival. As a permanent symbol of that strength and resolve, steel from the ship's damaged hull is forged into this plaque.
Dedicated October 12, 2001.
Location. 36° 57.316′ N, 76° 18.872′ W. Marker is in Norfolk, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Hughes Drive 0.2 miles east of Maryland Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. The marker is north of the Naval Station golf course between Hughes Drive and Willoughby Bay, at the west end of the brick pathway leading from its parking area to the USS COLE Memorial. Marker is in this post office area: Norfolk VA 23511, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. USS Cole (DDG 67) Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Virginia and Monitor (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Birthplace of Naval Aviation (about 700 feet away); We remember turret two ... (about 700 feet away); Naval Air Station Norfolk (approx. 0.4 miles away); Navy Mess Attendant School (approx. 0.6 miles away); Naval Aviation Depot, Norfolk (approx. 1.2 miles away); U.S. Submarine Veterans W.W. II Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norfolk.
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Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for the USS Cole Bombing. (Submitted on February 19, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Wikipedia entry for the USS Cole (DDG-67). (Submitted on February 19, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. Al Qaeda; Global War on Terror.
Categories. • Heroes • Military • Notable Events • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 18, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,298 times since then and 29 times this year. Last updated on January 11, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 18, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 3, 4. submitted on July 18, 2010, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 5. submitted on July 19, 2010, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 6, 7. submitted on December 23, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.