Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

USS Cole Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals

The following individuals received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for their actions in the aftermath of the 12 October 2000 terrorist attack on USS Cole.

  1. ABNEY, PAUL V., Master Chief Sonar Technician (Surface Warfare), USN
  2. BELBER, MARLON B., Fire Controlman Third Class, USN
  3. BINGHAM, CALIB A., Quartermaster Seaman, USN
  4. BOWE, DARYL C., Fire Controlman Third Class, USN
  5. BUTTE, RANDALL D., Boatswain’s Mate First Class (Surface Warfare), USN
  6. CAMPBELL, TAYINIKIA D., Hospital Corpsman Third Class, USN
  7. CAMPOAMOR, SANDY G., Electronics Technician Third Class, USN
  8. CARLSON, GREGORY S., Operations Specialist Second Class, USN
  9. CAVANAGH, THOMAS S., Chief Fire Controlman (Surface Warfare), USN
  10. CHAMBERLAIN, ANN C., Lieutenant, USN
  11. CLAYTON, DOUGLAS P., Chief Gunner’s Mate (Surface Warfare), USN
  12. CROWE, JUSTIN R., Master-At-Arms First Class (Surface Warfare), USN
  13. DEANGELIS, JOHN J., Fire Controlman First Class (Surface Warfare), USN
  14. DELATORRE, ANTHONY R., Lieutenant, USN
  15. DEMPSEY, BILLY D., Interior Communication Electrician Third Class, USN
  16. DETTLOFF, KRISTOFER, Electrician’s Mate Second Class, USN
  17. DONALSON, BRANDON M., Electrician’s Mate Third Class, USN
  18. DUBBS, SEAN R., Ensign, USNR
  19. FOSTER, DYON J., Fire Controlman Third Class, USN
  20. GAGLIANO, JOSEPH A., Lieutenant, USN
  21. GARCIA, ERNESTO, Damage Controlman First Class (Surface Warfare), USN
  22. GIVENS, ERIC L., Electrician’s Mate First Class (Surface Warfare), USN
  23. GRAHAM, ROBERT H., Electronics Technician First Class (Surface Warfare), USN
  24. GREENE, NSILO Z., Electronics Technician Second Class (Surface Warfare), USN
  25. GRENZ, MICHAEL K., Sonar Technician Seaman, USN
  26. HARPER, MATTHEW M., Lieutenant, USN
  27. HARRISON, RICK J., Machinery Repairman Second Class, USN
  28. HAYES, JASON S., Fire Controlman Third Class, USN
  29. HECKERT, RICK W., Lieutenant (Junior Grade), USNR
  30. HENRY, PARIS G., Fire Controlman Second Class (Surface Warfare), USN
  31. JACKSON, STANLEY E., Interior Communications Technician Second Class, USN
  32. JACOBSEN, PAMELA L., Senior Chief Electronics Technician (Surface Warfare), USN
  33. KROBOTH III, GEORGE J., Gas Turbine System Technician First Class (Surface Warfare), USN
  34. LONGO, GUISEPPE K., Seaman, USN
  35. LOWE, STEPHEN P., Gas Turbine System Technician First Class (Surface Warfare), USN
  36. MCDEARMON, GREGORY G., Ensign, USNR
  37. MERCER III, ROBERT A., Lieutenant (Junior Grade), USNR
  38. MORGAN, AARON O., Gunner’s Mate Second Class (Surface Warfare), USN
  39. MORGER, ROBERT, Damage Controlman First Class (Surface Warfare), USN
  40. NALL, JAMES R., Gas Turbine System Technician First Class (Surface Warfare), USN
  41. NEWTON, JAMES M., Chief Electrician’s Mate (Surface Warfare), USN
  42. O’NEIL, JAJA, Operations Specialist Second Class (Surface Warfare), USN
  43. OVERTURF, ROBERT, Lieutenant (Junior Grade), USNR
  44. PARLIER, JAMES G., Master Chief Hospital Corpsman (Surface Warfare), USN
  45. PHILLIPS, MIKAL J., Lieutenant, USNR
  46. PRESBERY, MARION E., Gas Turbine System Technician Third Class, USN
  47. RAMBARAN, RAVIN A., Electronics Technician Third Class, USN
  48. RICE III, WENDELL K., Information Systems Technician Second Class (Surface Warfare), USN
  49. ROHMAN, DAVID L., Gunner’s Mate First Class (Surface Warfare), USN
  50. SANCHEZZUNIGA, EBEN A., Seaman, USN
  51. SALTER, JAMES B., Lieutenant (Junior Grade), USN
  52. SONGER, MARTIN D., Boatswain’s Mate Second Class, USN
  53. SULLIVAN, DANIEL J., Damage Controlman Fireman, USN
  54. SWEET, CHARLES J., Chief Engineman (Surface Warfare), USN
  55. THOMPSON, JOHN P., Engineman Third Class, USN
  56. TONEY, AARON L., Hull Maintenance Technician Third Class, USN
  57. TRINQUE, DEREK A., Lieutenant, USN
  58. TURNER III, KYLE H., Ensign, USNR
  59. VEAL, DAVID K., Fire Controlman First Class, USN
  60. WALKER, JONATHAN L., Chief Fire Controlman (Surface Warfare), USN
  61. WATSON, PATRICK K., Boatswain’s Mate Second Class (Surface Warfare), USN
  62. WISHART, ADAM G., Electronics Technician Third Class, USN

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Master Chief Sonar Technician (Surface Warfare) Paul V. Abney

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Master Chief Petty Officer Abney demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He led the efforts to evacuate severely wounded shipmates in the damaged Chief’s Mess. He also provided his considerable experience to establishing a robust security perimeter against future attacks. Master Chief Petty Officer Abney’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Fire Controlman Third Class Marlon B. Belber

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Petty Officer Belber demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He assisted with the evacuation of a wounded chief petty officer from the damaged Chief’s Mess. He later served as a damage control team member who worked in extreme heat conditions to control flooding. Petty Officer Belber’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Quartermaster Seaman Calib A. Bingham

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Seaman Bingham demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He immediately surveyed the damaged galley for injured personnel. He stabilized a severely wounded Sailor for transport to a local hospital. He also aided in escorting another injured Sailor to a local hospital. Later, he assisted in further damage control efforts. Seaman Bingham’s steadfast determination, personal initiative, and unswerving devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Fire Controlman Third Class Daryl C. Bowe

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Petty Officer Bowe demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He rapidly donned damage control gear and proceeded to the mess decks area to combat damage and assist injured personnel. In addition, he responded as part of the fire party to Auxiliary Machinery Room Number Two and acted as nozzleman. Petty Officer Bowe’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Boatswain’s Mate First Class (Surface Warfare) Randall D. Butte

For meritorious achievement while serving onboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Petty Officer Butte ensured numerous Sailors and one wounded shipmate made it safely out of a dark, smoke filled area. He then quickly made his way to the damaged area and helped remove casualties from the galley despite the immediate danger of sharp metal, exposed electrical cabling, and heavy smoke. After removing critically wounded crewmembers, he fashioned a makeshift brow in order to evacuate wounded off the ship. His knowledge and experience were invaluable as he played a large role in dewatering Main Engine Room Number Two and Auxiliary Machinery Room Number One. By his brave actions, tireless energy, and complete devotion to duty, Petty Officer Butte reflected credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Hospital Corpsman Third Class Tayinkia D. Campbell

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Petty Officer Campbell demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. She attended to the critically wounded, controlling hemorrhages, starting intravenous fluids, and applying splints. Her actions enabled all 33 wounded Sailors to be evacuated in less than 90 minutes, which saved many lives. Petty Officer Campbell’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon her and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Electronics Technician Third Class Sandy G. Campoamor

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Petty Officer Campoamor demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He quickly manned a topside security position to effectively defend the ship against possible follow-on attacks. Upon relief from his security detail, he assisted repair party electricians in rigging emergency power cables to restore lighting and power to radio central. Petty Officer Campoamor’s unrelenting perseverance, personal initiative, and unswerving devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Operations Specialist Second Class Gregory S. Carlson

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Petty Officer Carlson demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He spotted a crewmember in Aden Harbor. By grabbing a line, he fashioned a sling and with the help of others, lifted the crewmember on board. In addition, he helped rig a makeshift brow to evacuate the injured. Petty Officer Carlson’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Chief Fire Controlman (Surface Warfare) Thomas S. Cavanagh

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Chief Petty Officer Cavanagh demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. Acting quickly, he picked up a wounded shipmate’s weapon and persuaded the port of Yemen workers to lower their weapons. This action ensured the armed Sailors did not escalate the tense topside situation. Afterward, he helped administer first aid and move wounded shipmates. Chief Petty Officer Cavanagh’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Lieutenant Ann C. Chamberlain

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Lieutenant Chamberlain demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. Accompanying the wounded to the local hospital, she ensured the 33 wounded received medical attention. She helped with the transfer of 11 severely wounded to the French hospital in Djibouti. Lieutenant Chamberlain’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon her and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Chief Gunner’s Mate (Surface Warfare) Douglas P. Clayton

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Chief Petty Officer Clayton demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He served as division leader in the absence of his wounded leading chief petty officer. He was responsible for the deployment of security forces protecting the ship against a possible follow-on attack. Later, he led the inspection of ammunition magazines for battle damage. Chief Petty Officer Clayton’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Master-At-Arms First Class (Surface Warfare) Justin R. Crowe

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Petty Officer Crowe demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He organized security watches on the bridge and assisted an injured crewmember. He then led a repair team in shoring up bulkheads surrounding Main Engine Room Number One. In addition, he collected valuable evidence. Petty Officer Crowe’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Fire Controlman First Class (Surface Warfare) John J. Deangelis

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Petty Officer Deangelis demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. As an investigator, he provided the first reports of flooding locations and a highly dangerous Freon leak. His reports helped save the ship. He became the divisional leading petty officer after the wounding of his division chief. Petty Officer Deangelis’ distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Lieutenant Anthony R. Delatorre

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Lieutenant Delatorre demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He oversaw the establishment of a security posture in order to prevent any follow-on attacks. Lieutenant Delatorre also helped provide care for one severely injured Sailor by administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation for over 20 minutes. He then provided assistance in transporting the wounded from the triage area to the fueling dolphin. Lieutenant Delatorre’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Interior Communication Electrician Third Class Billy D. Dempsey

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Petty Officer Dempsey demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He assisted in rigging emergency power cables to restore two interior communications switchboards and the general announcing system. In addition, Petty Officer Dempsey assisted in efforts to control flooding. Petty Officer Dempsey’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Electrician’s Mate Second Class Kriistofer Dettloff

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Petty Officer Dettloff demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. As repair electrician, he isolated power cables thus preventing further injury to wounded personnel and their rescuers. Petty Officer Dettloff also rigged casualty power, which restored power to radio communications, damage control equipment, lighting, and ventilation. Petty Officer Dettloff’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Electrician’s Mate Third Class Brandon M. Donalson

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Petty Officer Donalson demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He assisted in rescuing two Sailors who were floating in Aden Harbor. As repair electrician, he then electrically isolated the damaged areas, which prevented further injury to wounded personnel and their rescuers. In addition, he rigged casualty power cables to all undamaged areas of the ship. Petty Officer Donalson’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Ensign Sean R. Dubbs

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Ensign Dubbs demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He directed actions to control the damage. He effectively concentrated the response in the most critical areas. He also reestablished communications with repair lockers using message blanks, runners, and radios. Ensign Dubbs’ distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Fire Controlman Third Class Dyon J. Foster

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Petty Officer Foster demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He assisted in the rescue of two personnel who were trapped beneath debris. Using the jaws of life and coordinating his actions with those assisting him, he was able to free a trapped Sailor who had suffered multiple compound fractures to both legs. Petty Officer Foster’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Lieutenant Joseph A. Gagliano

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Lieutenant Gagliano demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He immediately organized security measures to protect the ship from further attacks. During the process, he observed two Sailors in the water, threw them life rings and ensured their recovery. Lieutenant Gagliano’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Damage Controlman First Class (Surface Warfare) Ernesto Garcia

For meritorious achievement while serving onboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, on 12 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Petty Officer Garcia demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He made numerous trips into the destroyed Chief Petty Officers’ Mess to rescue injured and trapped personnel. After all personnel were rescued, he began combating the damage caused by the explosion. By his brave actions, tireless energy, and complete devotion to duty, Petty Officer Garcia reflected credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Electrician’s Mate First Class (Surface Warfare) Eric L. Givens

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Petty Officer Givens demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He immediately assisted in removing a seriously injured Sailor from supply support, which subsequently flooded. He then assisted in the electrical isolation of the damaged areas, which prevented electrical shock injuries to blast victims and rescuers. Petty Officer Givens’ distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Electronics Technician First Class (Surface Warfare) Robert H. Graham

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Petty Officer Graham demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He proceeded to the heavily damaged area surrounding the Chief’s Mess to assist with casualty evacuation. Once there, he assisted an injured shipmate to a medical triage station through a heavily smoke-filled passageway. Petty Officer Graham’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Electronics Technician Second Class (Surface Warfare) Nsilo Z. Greene

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Petty Officer Greene demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He served as a stretcher-bearer during the evacuation of wounded personnel from damaged spaces. In addition, Petty Officer Greene performed emergency care procedures on injured personnel. His actions ultimately reduced the number of casulaties. Petty Officer Greene’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Sonar Technician Seaman Michael K. Grenz

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Seaman Grenz demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He entered the damaged areas to help with the search and recovery of other injured shipmates. He then helped set up the ship’s brow in order to evacuate wounded crewmembers. He was a leader by example and performed well beyond his rank and experience. Seaman Grenz’ untiring efforts, personal initiative, and unswerving devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Lieutenant Matthew M. Harper

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Lieutenant Harper demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He led a repair team to radio central, and despite the lack of electricity and space ventilation, worked for over five hours to reestablish a working radio communications path. He also used his damage control expertise in controlling flooding and reestablishing firemain pressure. Lieutenant Harper’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Machinery Repairman Second Class Rick J. Harrison

For meritorious achievement onboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Petty Officer Harrison attempted to proceed to his damage control station. When traversing in the vicinity of Repair Locker Five, he witnessed the damage and immediately began investigating the surrounding areas. Using his expert knowledge of damage control, he immediately climbed down the escape trunk to Auxiliary Machinery Room Two in order to search for injured personnel. After the search, he had determined that no injured personnel were present, he noted that the space was quickly flooding and organized the initial dewatering efforts. By his brave actions, tireless energy, and complete devotion to duty, Petty Officer Harrison reflected credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Fire Controlman Third Class Jason S. Hayes

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Petty Officer Hayes demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He made his way through arcing electrical wires and mangled metal to render assistance to wounded personnel in the Chief Petty Officers’ Mess. He returned to the damaged galley area where he then assisted in the freeing of an injured shipmate who was trapped in the debris. Petty Officer Hayes’ distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Rick W. Heckert

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Lieutenant (j.g.) Heckert demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He coordinated the integration of Repair Locker Five and Three after Repair Five was severely damaged due to the blast. He was then able to ensure all damage was properly combated in an effective manner. Lieutenant (j.g.) Heckert’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Fire Controlman Second Class (Surface Warfare) Paris G. Henry

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Petty Officer Henry demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He proceeded to the amidships quarterdeck to establish a key security post. Once the situation topside had stabilized, he assisted in the evacuation of the injured personnel to the pier. Petty Officer Henry’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Interior Communications Technician Second Class Stanley E. Jackson

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Petty Officer Jackson demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He immediately manned a .50 caliber gun mount to provide security. On the way to that post, he also rendered assistance in pulling a seriously injured shipmate out of the water. Later, he worked tirelessly to reconfigure emergency power to forward interior communications. Petty Officer Jackson’s perseverance, personal initiative, and unswerving devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Senior Chief Electronics Technician (Surface Warfare) Pamela L. Jacobsen

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Senior Chief Petty Officer Jacobsen demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. She immediately proceeded to radio central where she directed the restoration of communications in spite of limited lighting, loss of ventilation, and severe blast damage. She also directed the rigging of emergency power. Senior Chief Petty Officer Jacobsen’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon her and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Gas Turbine System Technician First Class (Surface Warfare) George J. Kroboth III

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Petty Officer Kroboth demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He immediately assisted in regaining control of the engineering plant so that damage control actions could be taken. He was instrumental in maintaining ship’s power throughout the crisis. He then made significant contributions in shoring and dewatering. Petty Officer Kroboth’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Seaman Guiseppe K. Longo

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Seaman Longo demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He discovered two injured Sailors and performed basic first aid on them. He then proceeded to the damaged galley and rendered assistance in freeing an injured mess specialist pinned by debris. Once accomplished, he used his belt as a tourniquet to prevent excessive loss of blood. Seaman Longo’s quick actions, personal initiative, and unswerving devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Gas Turbine System Technician First Class (Surface Warfare) Stephen P. Lowe

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Petty Officer Lowe demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He used his engineering knowledge to return the engineering plant to a status where damage could be combated. Petty Officer Lowe was instrumental in placing number two and three generators online, a task that was hindered by flooding, smoke, and a lack of communications. Petty Officer Lowe’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Ensign Gregory G. McDearmon

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Ensign McDearmon demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. As Repair Locker Two officer, he assumed responsibility for all repair efforts for the forward part of the ship. He flawlessly directed the employment of investigators, shoring, and dewatering teams. Ensign McDearmon’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Robert A. Mercer III

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Lieutenant (j.g.) Mercer demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He quickly responded to establish a security perimeter. He contributed to the defense of the ship by providing strong leadership for the security team by quickly identifying and tracking small craft movements in the harbor. Lieutenant (j.g.) Mercer’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Gunner’s Mate Second Class (Surface Warfare) Aaron O. Morgan

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Petty Officer Morgan demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He immediately assisted fellow crewmembers with removal of two injured personnel from the harbor of Aden. Petty Officer Morgan organized a retrieval team and then provided first aid to the wounded Sailors. He also provided perimeter security. Petty Officer Morgan’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Damage Controlman First Class (Surface Warfare) Robert Morger

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Petty Officer Morger demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He provided the locker officer with exceptional assistance. He directed personnel to dewater Main Engine Room Number Two and Auxiliary Machinery Room Number Two while keeping a solid AFFF blanket in the affected spaces. Petty Officer Morger’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Gas Turbine System Technician First Class (Surface Warfare) James R. Nall

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Petty Officer Nall demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He assisted in stabilizing the engineering plant and immediately began directing electrical isolation of the ship. This electrical isolation prevented further injury to wounded personnel and their rescuers. Petty Officer Nall’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Chief Electrician’s Mate (Surface Warfare) James M. Newton

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Chief Petty Officer Newton demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He escaped from the wreckage and remained in the blast area to aid the rescue of fellow shipmates. He then led the efforts to electrically isolate the ship, which prevented further injuries to the wounded and their rescuers. Chief Petty Officer Newton’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Operations Specialist Second Class (Surface Warfare) Jaja O'Neil

For meritorious achievement while serving onboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Petty Officer O’Neil reacted quickly and decisively providing initial security for the ship before assisting in the investigation of damage. He assisted trapped and seriously injured crewmembers in escaping the devastated areas in the ship’s galley and Chief’s Mess. Unable to maneuver the litter through the passageway and knowing the seriousness of the injury to the crewman, Petty Officer O’Neil took the critically injured crewman in a fireman’s carry and made his way through the damaged port side of the ship, to the flight deck medical triage area. By his brave actions, tireless energy, and complete devotion to duty, Petty Officer O’Neil reflected credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Robert Overturf

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Lieutenant (j.g.) Overturf demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. As Repair Three Locker officer, he sent out investigators and assembled fire and flooding teams. Later, he served as acting supply officer because his department head was wounded in the attack. Lieutenant (j.g.) Overturf’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Master Chief Hospital Corpsman (Surface Warfare) James G. Parlier

For meritorious achievement while serving onboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Master Chief Petty Officer Parlier rendered lifesaving medical treatment to over 20 of Cole’s injured crewmembers in adverse conditions. In the weeks following the explosion and despite having lost over half of his chief petty officers to injuries or death, he faced new leadership challenges with total commitment and unparalleled professionalism. By his brave actions, tireless energy, and complete devotion to duty, Master Chief Petty Officer Parlier reflected credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Lieutenant Mikal J. Phillips

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Lieutenant Philips demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He initially directed first aid for the wounded. Keenly observing that miller boards were hindering the movement of personnel, he made the command decision to shift to stokes litter stretchers resulting in a more efficient movement of wounded personnel. Lieutenant Phillips’ distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Gas Turbine System Technician Third Class Marion E. Presbery

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Petty Officer Presbery demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He rushed to the scene of the explosion and assisted in the movement of injured personnel from the galley to the triage area. He administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation on two seriously injured crewmembers. Petty Officer Presbery’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Electronics Technician Third Class Ravin A. Rambaran

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Petty Officer Rambaran demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He performed first aid to wounded personnel. He then served as a stretcher-bearer and assisted in relocating medical supplies. His response ultimately helped save lives. Petty Officer Rambaran’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Information Systems Technician Second Class (Surface Warfare) Wendell K. Rice III

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Petty Officer Rice demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He assisted in the recovery of two personnel from Aden Harbor by climbing down an embarkation net. After the wounded were evacuated, Petty Officer Rice worked tirelessly for over five hours to restore communications in the smoke-filled radio central. Petty Officer Rice’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Gunner’s Mate First Class (Surface Warfare) David L. Rohman

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Petty Officer Rohman demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He was responsible for the immediate evacuation of personnel from the mess decks away from smoke and immediate danger. He then proceeded inside to the armory to issue weapons and direct personnel to establish security stations. Petty Officer Rohman’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Seaman Eben A. Sanchezzuniga

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Seaman Sanchezzuniga demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He rendered lifesaving medical treatment to injured crewmembers. He helped to apply dressings, inspect for further injuries, and brought much needed supplies to the treatment sites. Thanks to him, all wounded were evacuated in less than 90 minutes. Seaman Sanchezzuniga’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Lieutenant (Junior Grade) James B. Salter 

For meritorious achievement while serving onboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, on 12 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Lieutenant (j.g.) Salter reported to Repair Two and began to direct the damage control efforts there, sending investigators out to assess the damage from the explosion. He then proceeded to the mess decks to aid in the rescue efforts of personnel injured or trapped by the debris. In the galley, he pulled a critically injured Sailor from the wreckage. After he ensured she was safely away from the damage, he returned to the galley to search for other survivors. By his brave actions, tireless energy, and complete devotion to duty, Lieutenant (j.g.) Salter reflected credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.For meritorious achievement while serving onboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, on 12 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Lieutenant (j.g.) Salter reported to Repair Two and began to direct the damage control efforts there, sending investigators out to assess the damage from the explosion. He then proceeded to the mess decks to aid in the rescue efforts of personnel injured or trapped by the debris. In the galley, he pulled a critically injured Sailor from the wreckage. After he ensured she was safely away from the damage, he returned to the galley to search for other survivors. By his brave actions, tireless energy, and complete devotion to duty, Lieutenant (j.g.) Salter reflected credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Boatswain’s Mate Second Class Martin D. Songer

For meritorious achievement while serving onboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Petty Officer Songer instinctively donned a self-contained breathing apparatus, assessed damage, and reported his findings directly to the Central Control Station. His responsive and accurate information, gathered despite the presence of thick smoke, sparking electrical cables, lack of lighting, and thousands of gallons of leaking fuel oil were critical to the implementation of damage control measures. Petty Officer Songer worked feverishly to shore the bulkhead and plug the shaft seal in Main Engine Room Number Two. Petty Officer Songer’s courage, personal initiative, and complete dedication to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Damage Controlman Fireman Daniel J. Sullivan

For meritorious achievement while serving onboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, on 12 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Fireman Sullivan made numerous trips into the Chief’s Mess to rescue injured and trapped personnel. After all the personnel were rescued, he then began combating the damage caused by the attack. Fireman Sullivan assisted in the dewatering efforts in both Auxiliary Machinery Room Number One and Main Engine Room Number Two. By his brave actions, tireless energy, and complete devotion to duty, Fireman Sullivan reflected credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Chief Engineman (Surface Warfare) Charles J. Sweet

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Chief Petty Officer Sweet demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He investigated the engineering spaces to determine which equipment was functional. He was highly instrumental in damage control efforts to control flooding. His actions were responsible for the isolation of the firemain, which had been ruptured by the blast. Chief Petty Officer Sweet’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Engineman Third Class John P. Thompson

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Petty Officer Thompson demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He rushed to the scene of the explosion and assisted in the movement of injured personnel from the Chief’s Mess to the triage area. His immediate response allowed critical first aid to be performed. Petty Officer Thompson’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Hull Maintenance Technician Third Class Aaron L. Toney

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Petty Officer Toney demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He assisted in the movement of injured personnel from the Chief’s Mess to the triage area. His response allowed critical first aid to be performed. In addition, he was highly instrumental in controlling flooding. Petty Officer Toney’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Lieutenant Derek A. Trinque

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Lieutenant Trinque demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. He organized his communications repair team to overcome severe damage and reestablish communications with Cole’s chain of command. He called in the first of many boats that would be needed to evacuate the wounded. Lieutenant Trinque’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Ensign Kyle H. Turner III

For meritorious achievement onboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Ensign Turner rushed directly to the area of the attack to investigate the damage. The force of the attack had destroyed the spaces surrounding the Chief’s Mess, leaving several chiefs trapped within the mangled steel and debris. Ensign Turner expeditiously accessed the Chief Petty Officers’ Mess, rescuing and evacuating the chiefs to topside medical triage areas. In support of maintaining a defensive perimeter to preclude further attacks, he volunteered to take position on the front lines leading a team of one M60 machine gunner and two .50 caliber gunners on the evening of the attack. By his brave actions, tireless energy, and complete devotion to duty, Ensign Turner reflected credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Fire Controlman First Class David K. Veal

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Petty Officer Veal demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. Despite being injured, he assisted in evacuating personnel and participated in the initial damage control efforts. He was responsible for evacuating two severely wounded Sailors. Petty Officer Veal’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Chief Fire Controlman (Surface Warfare) Jonathan L. Walker 

For meritorious achievement onboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Chief Petty Officer Walker immediately responded to the forecastle and rapidly directed the initial security team posture during the first moments following the attack, ensuring that the ship was ready for any follow-on attacks. He then acted without regard for his own safety and climbed over the side of the ship to lower the forward rescue net to the waterline. Chief Petty Officer Walker helped to rescue a wounded shipmate from the waters of Aden Harbor. He then proceeded to the flight deck medical triage area and selflessly assisted in administering first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation to the wounded. By his brave actions, tireless energy, and complete devotion to duty, Chief Petty Officer Walker reflected credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Boatswain’s Mate Second Class (Surface Warfare) Patrick K. Watson

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Petty Officer Watson demonstrated exemplary initiative and disregard for personal safety. As an investigator for Repair Locker Two, he was instrumental in locating wounded shipmates. He was determined to properly estimate the extent of the damage and to provide calm and accurate damage reports. Petty Officer Watson’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Electronics Technician Third Class Adam G. Wishart

For meritorious achievement while serving aboard USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen from 12 to 31 October 2000. During the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Petty Officer Wishart performed his duties in an exemplary and highly professional manner. He quickly manned a topside security position to effectively defend the ship against possible follow-on attacks. Upon relief from his security detail, he assisted repair party electricians in rigging emergency power cables through the damaged passageways to restore lighting and power to radio central. Petty Officer Wishart’s perseverance, personal initiative, and unswerving devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Published: Fri Oct 09 15:52:30 EDT 2020