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USS Cole sailors honored

February 08, 2001|By LAURA ERNDE

USS Cole sailors honored



ANNAPOLIS - The Maryland Senate passed a resolution this week recognizing and memorializing the deaths of 17 Americans in the Oct. 12 bombing of the USS Cole.

Sen. Don Munson spoke to the Senate Tuesday about the loss of two Washington County seamen in the tragedy in Yemen.

"On that day occurred an event so loathsome, so cowardly, so awful and so sad that the world will not soon forget it and Washington County will never forget it," said Munson, R-Washington.

Patrick Roy, 19, of Keedysville and Craig Wibberley, 19, of Williamsport, had recently graduated from high school and could have chosen paths that were much less dangerous, he said.

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A third Marylander who died in the attack was Joshua Parlett, 19, of Churchill, Md.

"With the passage of Senate Joint Resolution 4, the Senate of Maryland acknowledges their patriotism, their heroism and their sacrifice. We join their families and friends in mourning their untimely loss," Munson said.

Munson's short speech got a round of applause in the Senate Chamber.

Sen. Michael Collins, D-Baltimore/Harford, stood up to second Munson's remarks.

The resolution says Roy was a lacrosse athlete, wrestling enthusiast and school actor who was described by a family friend as a "nice kid who wanted to serve his country."

Wibberley, it says, "raised and lowered the destroyer's small anchor and was described by the family minister as 'a good all-American boy.'"

The resolution passed by a vote of 47-0.

It was sponsored by Sen. Leo Green, D-Prince George's. Munson and Sen. Alex Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, added their names as co-sponsors on Friday.

The Maryland House of Delegates will likely pass the resolution later this session.

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