On October 12, 2000, suicide terrorists exploded a small boat alongside the USS Cole (DDG 67) as it was refueling in the Yemeni port of Aden. The blast ripped a 40-foot-wide hole near the waterline of the Cole, killing 17 American sailors and injuring many more.

Below are the names of those who were killed:
HT3Kenneth Clodfelter, 21
ET1 Richard Costelow, 35
MSSR Lakeina Francis, 19
* ITSN Tim Gauna, 21
SNSR Cherone Gunn, 22
SN James McDaniels, 19
EN2Marc Nieto, 24
* EW3Ronald Owens, 24
SR Lakiba Palmer, 22
ENFN Joshua Parlett, 19
FA Patrick Roy, 19
* EW2 Kevin Rux, 30
MS3Ronchester Santiago, 22
OS2 Timothy Saunders, 32
FN Gary Swenchonis Jr., 26
ENS Andrew Triplett, 30
SA Craig Wibberley, 19

*Members of the Information Warfare Community (IWC).

Sergeant Darrell Samuel Cole, USMC

The USS Cole is named after Sergeant Darrell Samuel Cole (July 20, 1920 – February 19, 1945), a United States Marine who posthumously received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his “conspicuous gallantry” at the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II.