USS Cole
Soldier Recalls Attack on USS Cole

On October 12, 2000, the USS Cole was attacked by suicide bombers in the port of Aden, Yemen, while refueling. Al Qaeda later claimed responsibility for the attack, which killed 17 sailors and injured another 39. Chief Petit Officer Sean Taitt remembers being injured in the bombing: “It took me hours to get just to the second deck from the third deck. It should only take you maybe 30 seconds up the ladder well.” With his leg badly damaged, Taitt says of his inability to help his fellow sailors: “At that point, I felt that I had failed rather than being a survivor.”

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Submitted by: Ilana Faber
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