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by BRIAN SHAPPELL | July 23, 2004
HAGERSTOWN - Tom Wibberley said it will continue to hurt him emotionally, but he eagerly is awaiting a chance to thoroughly read the 9/11 Commission Report released Thursday, especially its section on the attack on the USS Cole. Wibberley said he hopes to learn even more than he already knows about the Oct. 12, 2000, attack on the USS Cole, which killed his son, U.S. Navy Seaman Craig Wibberley, and 16 others. "Getting information about this and all this information about the trial in Yemen and all this information about the sailors' families that have kids filing suit, it just keeps bringing it back.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | October 13, 2003
pepperb@herald-mail.com SHARPSBURG - Three years have passed since the USS Cole was attacked, but Patrick H. Roy has not been forgotten. Amid a sea of gray square headstones at Antietam National Cemetery - marking the heroism of soldiers from as far back as the Civil War to as recently as the Korean War - Roy is buried, a stark white monument to the 17 sailors killed in a terrorist attack on Oct. 12, 2000, as they stopped to refuel their ship in Aden, Yemen. In separate ceremonies Sunday about 30 war veterans honored two of the attack's victims: Keedysville native Roy, who was a fireman aboard the USS Cole, and Williamsport native Craig B. Wibberley, who served as one of the ship's seamen.
NEWS
January 24, 2001
County plaque to honor USS Cole sailors By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer Washington County will pay for a memorial plaque honoring two Washington County men killed in the USS Cole explosion. The memorial will honor Patrick Roy of Keedysville and Craig Wibberley of Williamsport, shipmates who were killed Oct. 12 in an attack on the USS Cole. Both were 19. The plan for the plaque was developed by the Joint Veterans Council. Council President Jim Sprecher explained the idea to the Washington County Commissioners during their Tuesday meeting.
NEWS
May 13, 2004
Memorial signs honoring Washington County's two veterans killed on the USS Cole in October 2000 will be erected Saturday by the Joint Veterans Council in each of the young men's hometowns.At 9 a.m., a sign honoring Fireman Patrick Roy, U.S. Navy, will be placed at the intersection of Main Street and Dog Street Road in Keedysville. The second memorial sign will go up at 10 a.m. at the corner of Salisbury and Conococheague streets in Williamsport to honor Seaman Craig Wibberley, U.S. Navy.
NEWS
by TAMELA BAKER | October 14, 2004
The Maryland Department of Transportation plans to dedicate the bridge at Interstate 81 and Halfway Boulevard to two Washington County men killed four years ago in the attack on the USS Cole in Yemen. Fireman Apprentice Patrick Roy of Keedysville and Seaman Craig Wibberley of Williamsport died in the attack. Both were serving in the U.S. Navy, and both were 19. The State Highway Administration plans to place plaques on the bridge on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, according to Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington/Allegany.
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By ERIN JULIUS | October 13, 2009
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- For Tom Wibberley, the war on terrorism began Oct. 12, 2000, when his son died while serving aboard the USS Cole. Seaman Craig Wibberley of Williamsport and Fireman Patrick Roy of Keedysville were among 17 sailors killed by terrorists who carried out a suicide bombing in the Yemeni port of Aden. Both men were honored Monday afternoon by the United States Navy and Veterans of Foreign Wars in separate services. Tom Wibberley's memory of that day nine years ago is very clear, he said shortly after the service honoring his son at the St. Mark's Episcopal Church cemetery on Lappans Road near Boonsboro.
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by SCOTT BUTKI | October 13, 2004
scottb@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - It has been four years since U.S. Navy Fireman Patrick Roy, 19, of Keedysville, and Seaman Craig Wibberley, 19, of Williamsport, died in an attack on the USS Cole but Wibberley's father said Tuesday the memories and pain remain fresh. Tom Wibberley made the comment Tuesday on the anniversary of the Cole attacks, following separate ceremonies at the graves of his son and Roy. Both ceremonies were organized by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
NEWS
by BRIAN SHAPPELL | September 30, 2004
shappell@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - The father of a sailor killed during the bombing of the USS Cole nearly four years ago said he does not believe the two men sentenced to death for their involvement in the attack should be executed. The father of another local man who died in the Cole bombing said he believed that death by firing squad for the men was "absolutely appropriate. " Washington County residents Michael Roy and Tom Wibberley said they were informed Wednesday that two men were sentenced to death during a proceeding in Yemen.
NEWS
October 12, 2000
Williamsport man dies in attack on USS Cole By LAURA ERNDE and KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writers Craig Wibberley will never get the care package his mother mailed to him on the USS Cole. The 19-year-old Navy seaman who graduated last year from Washington County Technical High School was killed in an explosion on the ship halfway around the world Thursday. continued Patty Wibberley had sent her son several care packages since he left Aug. 7, his birthday, for a six-month tour.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | October 13, 2005
WASHINGTON COUNTY andrews@herald-mail.com Two Washington County families shared and relived their anguish Wednesday, five years after losing sailors when terrorists bombed the USS Cole. Patrick Roy and Craig Wibberley, 19-year-old friends, forever will be linked as two of the 17 U.S. Navy sailors who died in the explosion. The first of two remembrance ceremonies Wednesday was at Antietam National Cemetery near Sharpsburg, where Roy is buried. Many of the nearly 100 people who attended - including Roy's family - then drove seven miles to St. Mark's Episcopal Church at Lappans, where Wibberley's grave is. "You don't want to remember the actual day," Craig's mother, Patty Wibberley, said through tears afterward, "but you do remember your child - all the good times you had. " Wibberley said she and her husband, Thomas, are offering comfort to a local family whose suffering is more recent.
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December 11, 2012
“To the Washington County residents who are unhappy with the JFK 50-Mile: Please consider not being so self-absorbed, and think of the huge time and effort put into this event by participants and volunteers. It is only one Saturday out of a year.” - Hagerstown “As a now-retired former intelligence officer who worked on Central Intel's bin Laden unit formed in the '90s, I find the Hagerstown caller concerning President Clinton's fault, or lack thereof, in not eradicating bin Laden early on, to be sorely lacking in fact.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | October 12, 2011
Along with the family and friends Wednesday remembering the life and loss 11 years ago of U.S. Navy Seaman Craig Wibberley was someone who was there the day the USS Cole was attacked by al-Qaeda terrorists. Jerry Wright of Frederick, a shipmate of Wibberley's, joined the USS Cole Remembrance  Day ceremony at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, where a wreath was laid at his grave. Wibberley and another Washington County sailor, Fireman Patrick H. Roy, were among the 17 crew members killed in the Oct. 12, 2000, bombing of the ship as it sat at anchor in a Yemeni port.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | September 11, 2011
Devon Groesbeck was only 2 years old when terrorists struck the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001, but she remembers her parents watching TV “for hours on end.” Annie Beachley remembers working on a journal entry in second grade at Paramount Elementary School when the principal announced the school day was ending and asking her mom why the teachers were frantic. “I didn't really know what was going on. I was pretty young. But, you know, everything kind of made sense a week later,” said Annie, 17, a senior at North Hagerstown High.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | May 2, 2011
For most Americans, the touchstone event marking the beginning of the war on terror was the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon and Flight 93, but for Tom Wibberly and his family, it began 11 months earlier. More than a decade after the Oct. 12, 2000, attack on the USS Cole that claimed the life of his son, Craig, Tom Wibberley was awakened by a call from his daughter informing him that the man who ordered that attack, Osama Bin Laden, had been killed by U.S. Navy SEALs in a raid in Pakistan.
NEWS
November 13, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other Guantanamo Bay detainees will be brought to trial in a civilian federal courthouse in New York, near the site of the devastating 2001 terror attacks. Prosecutors expect to seek the death penalty. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the long-awaited and politically fraught decision at a news conference Friday. He also said five other Guantanamo detainees, including a major suspect in the bombing of the USS Cole, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, will be tried through the military commission process.
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By ERIN JULIUS | October 13, 2009
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- For Tom Wibberley, the war on terrorism began Oct. 12, 2000, when his son died while serving aboard the USS Cole. Seaman Craig Wibberley of Williamsport and Fireman Patrick Roy of Keedysville were among 17 sailors killed by terrorists who carried out a suicide bombing in the Yemeni port of Aden. Both men were honored Monday afternoon by the United States Navy and Veterans of Foreign Wars in separate services. Tom Wibberley's memory of that day nine years ago is very clear, he said shortly after the service honoring his son at the St. Mark's Episcopal Church cemetery on Lappans Road near Boonsboro.
NEWS
August 4, 2008
"The Washington County Commissioners voted 3 to 1 to approve a $10,000 gift to Federal Little League All-Stars, to help with travel expenses to Bristol, Conn. There are a number of sports leagues who will now question why they are not supplemented equally. Commissioner Terry L. Baker stated that the league has not had enough time to raise its own funds for the trip, adding that 'this has only happened once in the last 18 years,' while suggesting additional gifts of T-shirts and county pins for the team.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | July 1, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- It's been eight years since his 19-year-old son and 16 other American sailors were killed aboard the USS Cole, and the United States has yet to hold anyone accountable, Tom Wibberley said Monday. Reacting to the news that the Pentagon is charging a Saudi Arabian with "organizing and directing" the terrorist bombing and will seek the death penalty, Wibberley said he was "glad to hear it. " Wibberley's son, U.S. Navy Seaman Craig Wibberley of Williamsport, and Fireman Patrick Roy of Keedysville were among those killed when the Navy destroyer was attacked in the Yemeni port of Aden on Oct. 12, 2000.
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By DON AINES | June 3, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - John Wilkes Booth took aim at the back of the president's head, then stood stock still for a few minutes as a narrator recounted the events of Abraham Lincoln's assassination. Having taken his "One small step for (a) man. One giant leap for mankind," Neil Armstrong stared off into the universe as a group of students listened to a retelling of the 1969 lunar landing. Those were two American moments brought to still life Monday at the 10th annual South Hamilton Elementary Third Grade Historical Wax Museum.
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