USS Cole terrorist bombing survivor to visit Alabama

USS Cole bombed
USS Cole after it was attacked. [Photo Credit: FBI]

Nearly one year before the terror attacks of 9/11, the U.S. Navy ship Cole, while refueling at a port in Aden, Yemen was attacked by a two suicide bombers navigating a small motorboat full of explosives. 17 American sailors lost their lives that October day and 59 were injured. The attack was later attributed to a cell within the al-Qaeda network, which had been supervised by Osama bin Laden.

Now, over 16 years later, one of the survivors is visiting Alabama to tell his story about the terror attack and to talk about the justice process playing out with the Military Commission in GITMO.

Command Master Chief Petty Officer (USN Ret.), James Parlier, the highest ranking enlisted man on the destroyer during the attack will visit Wetumpka on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 at 6:30 p.m..

Arranged by Wetumpka TEA Party’s President, Becky Gerritson — who met Parlier during the pre-trial hearings for the alleged mastermind of the USS Cole bombing in her role as a Non-Governmental Observer for Judicial Watch — the free event is open to the public and will be held at Bethel Worship Center, 11117 Highway 231, Wetumpka, AL. More information is available on the Wetumpka Tea Party website.