View Full Version : Nice time you complain about your accomidations (USS Cole)

10-19-2000, 02:44 AM
I saw this posted on the CorvetteForum:

<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Sent: Wednesday, October 18, 2000 2:48 PM

I just got an e-mail from a good friend of mine who flys SH-60B'soff the USS Hawes.
I thought you might like to read it.

"It wasn't until a few days ago though, that we started doing something that I feel may be the first thing I've seen in my short Naval career that has truly made a difference. Right now we're supporting the USS COLE and her crew in Aden. When the attack occurred we were a day away. Just by luck we happened to be on our way out of the Gulf and headed towards the Suez and could get here in a relatively short amount of time. I know what you all have seen on CNN, because we have seen it too. I just want you all to know that what you see doesn't even scratch the surface. I'm not going to get into it for obvious reasons. But Iwill tell you that right now there are 250+ sailors just a few miles away living in hell on Earth. I'm sitting in a nice air conditioned state room, they're sleeping out on the decks at night. You can't even imagine the conditions they're living in, and yet they are still fighting24hours a day to save their ship and free the bodies of those still trapped and send them home. As bad as it is, they're doing an incredible job. The very fact that these people are still functioning is beyond my comprehension. Whatever you imagine as the worst, multiply it by ten and you might get there. Today I was tasked to photo rig the ship and surrounding area. It looked so much worse than I had imagined, unbelievable really, with debris and disarray everywhere, the ship listing, the hole in her side. I wish I had the power to relay to you all what I have seen, but words just won't do it. I do want to tell you the first thing that jumped out at me - the Stars and Stripes flying. I can't tell you how that made me feel...even in this God forsaken hellhole our flag was more beautiful than words can describe. Then I started to notice the mass of activity going on below, scores of people working on-stop in 90 plus degree weather to save this ship. They're doing it with almost no electrical power and they're sleeping (when they can sleep) outside on the decks because they can't stand the smell or the heat or the darkness inside. They only want to eat what we bring them because they're all scared of eating something brought by the local vendors. Even with all that, the USS COLE and her crew is sending a message guys, and it's that even acts of cowardice and hate can do nothing to the spirit and pride of the United States. I have never been so proud of what I do, or of the men and women that I serve with as I was today. There are sixteen confirmed dead sailors who put it on the line for all of us, and some of them are still trapped here. Please take a minute to pray for their families and say a word of thanks for their sacrifice - one made so that we can live the lives that we do. All of you that serve with me, thank you. All of you that have loved ones that serve, thank you." Please feel free to pass this on to those you think will appreciate it.

LT Landry

BTW they're toeing the USS Cole home. So they're going to have to endure this for a transatlantic crossing!

Chad Smith
10-19-2000, 06:56 AM

Lest we forget

Let us all take a moment and remember the sacrafice made by those that made this country what it is and those that still serve her today.


[This message has been edited by Chad Smith (edited 10-23-2000).]

Alan D. Hyde
10-19-2000, 02:06 PM
We all owe a debt of gratitude, which we can never wholly repay, to the courageous men and women who go in harm's way to protect our country.

Let us see that their lives are not wasted, as they too often were in VietNam, by political leaders who overrode sound military decisions for partisan political purposes.

I hope that it doesn't turn out that the Cole was refueling in port against the better judgment of naval personnel on the scene, or because Clinton's drastic downsizing of the Navy (about 50% its size at the time of the Gulf War) prevented the much safer alternative of refueling at sea from our own tankers.

This matter should not be the subject for partisan bickering. However, we should not give those currently in power a free pass if their dereliction of duty, or partisan political agenda, is needlessly endangering our armed forces abroad.

Members of our armed forces have given us their complete loyalty, and placed their lives in our power. This is a trust we must not betray.

Talk to anyone in uniform about what's been going on for the last eight years!


10-19-2000, 02:19 PM
Amen to that. Our hearts go out friends and family the other side of the pond. We banter about the Brits v the Yanks but believe me, when the chips are down, the support for the USA in the UK runs deep.

10-19-2000, 03:00 PM
I hate to say it, but the reason it was refueled in port was to off "a friendly gestor".

10-19-2000, 06:22 PM
Alan, wasn't your post supposed to be non-partisan? The current administration may not please you, but as one who has served under both parties, the pay and benefits to keep good people in the service has suffered far more under the "other guy's" poster child, the sock puppet from California. When I compare my Veterens Benefits to some of my younger friends, I really feel sorry for them.
Look at the budget proposals of the two candidates, and see which one will do more for our fighting men. Oh, and check their military records as well.
The biggest role the military has is as an extension of diplomatic influence, and as hard as it is to accept, this puts our military personnel in harms way. Until our world leaders realize that incidents like the USS Cole are counterproductive, there will be casualties.

Chad Smith
10-20-2000, 07:22 AM

Dale R. Hamilton
11-02-2004, 04:22 PM
This thread needs to be re-read and remembered.