12 Oct '17, 1am

Survivors of #USSCole Oct. 12, 2000 attack recount stories of terror and heroism

Survivors of #USSCole Oct. 12, 2000 attack recount stories of terror and heroism

Even getting down to the ground didn't help, he continued. When he felt his way to where the door should have been, it was blocked. The galley exit was obstructed as well. Along with several injured, dead and dying chiefs, Abney was trapped. He and a shipmate began banging on the bulkhead, hoping, praying someone would hear them before they all suffocated from the smoke. "I had a crew member grab me by the right arm in a death grip and said, 'Master Chief, you've got to help me. I'm dying,'" remembered Abney. "I ended up stepping on one of the other crew members. ... It was pitch black and it was basically feeling my way around." After one of the Sailors cut into the mess and freed the chiefs, Abney went looking for help for his shipmates. He was stunned at the destruction he found throughout the ship. "The deck came up and was pushed all the way into the bulkhead. ... The...

Full article: http://www.navy.mil/ah_online/ftrStory.asp?issue=3&id=102763

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