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USS Cole (DDG-67)

Commissioned on June 8, 1996, the Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer, USS Cole (DDG-67) was named in honor of Sergeant Darrell S. Cole, USMC, who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle for Iwo Jima in February 1945.   On October 12, 2000, terrorists in a boat made a suicide attack while the ship refueled in the port of Aden, Yemen.  Seventeen sailors were killed and 39 were injured.   Transportation to the United States was provided by MV Blue Marlin and repairs were done at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pacagoula, Mississippi.  Following repairs, Cole began redeployments in 2003 and has again served in the Middle East region.    

Image:  330-CFD-DN-SD-03-13099:  USS Cole (DDG-67), being towed from the Aden harbor, Yemen, October 29, 2000.   Official U.S. Navy Photograph.