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News of trial no comfort to sailor's father

December 06, 2000

News of trial no comfort to sailor's father



By ANDREW SCHOTZ / Staff Writer


Thomas Wibberley finds no comfort in the news that three Yemenis will be tried next month for the Oct. 12 USS Cole bombing that killed his son.

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Craig Wibberley, 19, was one of two Washington County sailors who died in the explosion that also claimed the lives of 15 other sailors and wounded 39.

Thomas Wibberley said he has read scattered reports about the investigation into the attack.

"If they were involved in it, they need to be prosecuted and need to be executed," said Wibberley, who lives in Williamsport.

But a conviction on the other side of the world will do nothing to ease his grief.

"It's not going to help me," Wibberley said. "I've lost Craig and I will never get him back. ... I'm having a hard time trying to stay busy, go on with life. If I'm not busy, I just think about Craig. ... He was my best friend. He wasn't just my son."

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Wibberley said he also is trying to cope with the death of his father, Thomas, 81, on Nov. 9.

"I knew he was ill," he said. "It was just a matter of time."

Patrick Roy, 19, of Keedysville was the other local sailor killed aboard the USS Cole. His mother, Kate Brown, said Wednesday that she has been paying attention to news of the bombing investigation, but has nothing she wants to say about it now.

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