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Release No: 626-00
October 13, 2000


The Navy announced today the following casualties in the incident on USS Cole:

Killed in the incident were:

  • Electronics Technician First Class Richard Costelow, Morrisville, Pa.
  • Signalman Seaman Recruit Cherone Louis Gunn, Rex, Ga.
  • Seaman James Rodrick McDaniels, Norfolk, Va.
  • Seaman Recruit Lakiba Nicole Palmer, San Diego, Calif.
  • Operations Specialist Second Class Timothy Lamont Saunders, Ringold, Va.
  • Ensign Andrew Triplett, Macon, Miss.
  • Seaman Apprentice Craig Bryan Wibberley, Williamsport, Md.

Those still listed as missing are:

  • Hull Maintenance Technician Third Class Kenneth Eugene Clodfelter, Mechanicsville, Va.
  • Mess Management Specialist Seaman Lakeina Monique Francis, Woodleaf, N.C.
  • Information Systems Technician Seaman Timothy Lee Gauna, Rice, Texas
  • Engineman Second Class Marc Ian Nieto, Fond Du Lac, Wis.
  • Electronics Warfare Technician Third Class Ronald Scott Owens, Vero Beach, Fla.
  • Engineman Fireman Joshua Langdon Parlett, Churchville, Md.
  • Fireman Apprentice Patrick Howard Roy, Cornwall on Hudson, N.Y.
  • Electronics Warfare Technician Second Class Kevin Shawn Rux, Portland, N.D.
  • Mess Management Specialist Third Class Ronchester Mananga Santiago, Kingsville, Texas
  • Fireman Gary Graham Swenchonis, Jr., Rockport, Texas

Additionally, more than three dozen USS Cole Sailors were injured in the incident, several of them seriously.

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