Ceremony to mark tenth anniversary of U.S.S.Cole attack

Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The deadly attack on the U.S.S Cole will be remembered Tuesday at Norfolk Naval Station.

It's been 10 years since the attack and family members of those killed say they are still waiting for some type of justice.

The October 2000 blast killed 17 sailors, including Mechanicsville native Kenneth Clodfelter. 39 others were injured while the Norfolk-based ship was docked at a harbor in Yemen.

Last year, charges were dropped against the Al-Qaida suspect in the bombings.

President Obama met with the victim's family's - including Clodfelter's father - who at the time had his doubts.

"I initially came into this meeting with very negative thoughts," said John Clodfelter. "Thinking well, why in the heck are you releasing these people? I mean, this man is the planner of the attack on the Cole. But as time went on and they way he explained things, I have a lot of confidence in this president now, because I really think he means what he says. And it's very heartfelt when you listen to this man."

Since then, families have filed lawsuits. The most recent one was put on hold over the summer.

The judge said he wants to hear the case later this year.

Past and present crew members of the Cole will be at Tuesday morning's ceremony in Norfolk. There will also be another one at Arlington National Cemetery.

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