USS Cole-Deployment

Every day, sailors on the USS Cole walk past a reminder of the 2000 attack that turned the ship into what its captain calls an "active national monument."

A floor near the ship's dining area has 17 gold stars: one for each sailor killed in the attack.

The Cole leaves tomorrow for the Middle East for the first time since an explosives-laden boat rammed into it, blasting a huge hole in its side.

No sailors from the 2000 attack are still aboard the Cole.

Many members of the current crew asked to be assigned to the Cole, and say they're not afraid to deploy to the region.

One sailor says he might be a little nervous pulling into foreign ports but he says that threat exists whether the ship is home or overseas.


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