New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 14, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
Saturday, October 14, 2000 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 3ACasualties
The Navy on Friday provided these names of the killed and missing in the attack on the USS Cole:
Electronics Technician 1st Class Richard Costelow, Morrisville, Pa.
Signalman Seaman Recruit Cheron Louis Gunn, Rex, Ga. Seaman James Rodrick McDaniels, Norfolk, Va.
Seaman Recruit Lakiba Nicole Palmer, San Diego Operations Specialist 2nd Class Timothy Lamont Saunders, Ringgold, Va.
Ensign Andrew Triplett, Macon, Miss.
Seaman Apprentice Craig Bryan Wibberley, Williamsport, Md.
Hull Maint^ance Technician 3rd Class, Kenneth Eugene Clodfelter,' Mechanicsville, Va. Mess Management Specialist Seaman Lakeina Monique Francis, Woodleaf, N.C. Information Systems Technician Seaman Timothy Lee Gauna, Rice, Texas
Engineman 2nd Class Marc Ian Nieto, Fond du Lac, Wis. Electronics Warfare Technician 3rd Class Ronald Scott Owens, Vero Beach, Fla.
Engineman Fireman Joshua Langdon Parlett, Churchville,
Fireman Apprentice Patrick Howard Roy, Cornwall on Hudson, N.Y.
Electronics Warfare Technician 2nd Class Kevin Shawn Rux, Portland, N.D.
Mess Management Specialist 3rd Class Ronchester Mananga Santiago, Kingsville, Texas Fireman Gary Graham Swenchonis Jr., Rockport, Texas
Bodies of sailors arrive in Germany
RAMSTE1N AIR BASE, Germany (AP) — The bodies of five sailors killed in an attack on a Navy ship in Yemen arrived Friday evening in Germany on their way back to the United States.
Light rain fell as an Air Force honor guard silently transferred the caskets draped in U.S. flags from an Air Force jet into separate hearses.
A flight of sailors from the Sigonella air base in Sicily stood at attention on the tarmac alongside airmen in dress blues during the ceremony. Flags flew at half staff at the base in western Germany.
As the caskets were driven away to Landstuhl Regional Medical
Center, the clouds receded and the setting sun cast a red and yellow reflection across the wet tarmac. From Landstuhl, a U.S. military facility, the bodies were to be transported Saturday to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, said Capt. Todd White, a spokesman at Ramstein.
Services were planned Saturday at Dover and at the Norfolk Naval Base in Virginia, the USS Cole’s homeport, the 86th Airlift Wing at Ramstein said in a statement.
White said the bodies of two more sailors recovered so far might arrive on later flights carrying some of the wounded.
Lt. Cmdr. Daren Pelkie, at the Bahrain base of the U.S. Navy 5th
Fleet, said more than 30 sailors were being flown to Germany for medical attention. They were expected to arrive around midnight Friday and be taken to Landstuhl for treatment.
Other injured sailors have been taken to the east African country of Djibouti.
The United States says 17 sailors died and 33 were injured in Thursday’s explosion on the USS Cole while it was refueling in the Yemeni port of Aden. Seven bodies have so far been recovered.
The blast tore a hole 30 feet high and 40 feet wide at the ship’s waterline. U.S. officials say suicide bombers blew up a small boat next to the destroyer.
U.S. Air Force Photo
Members of the 86th Air Wing Honor Guard carry the remains of fallen sailors from USS Cole, from a C-17 globemaster III, at Ramstein Air Base Germany on Oct. 13, 2000. Cole was bombed in the Yemen port city of Aden.
view with The Associated Press in Washington. His comments countered any suggestion weaponry aboard the ship might have been responsible.
U.S. officials say suicide bombers blew up a small boat next to the 8,600-ton destroyer, ripping a 30-by-40-foot hole at the water line.
Western diplomats in Yemen said the explosion seemed to be the work of a well-organized group with good connections in the port of Aden who might have provided the bombers with logistical support.
The diplomats, insisting on anonymity, said the boat used by the bombers was similar to boats used by port authorities to guide vessels into port or help ships with refueling.
If terrorism is proven, the toll would make it the worst such attack on the U.S. military since the bombing of an Air Force barracks in Saudi Arabia in 1996 that killed 19 military personnel.
More than 200 miles away, in the capital, San‘a, an explosion on Friday rocked the British Embassy. Windows shattered but nobody was hurt. Britain’s foreign secretary said
Ethel Stella Keester, of New Braunfels, - passed . away Wednesday, Oct. ll, 2000, at the Eden Home, at the age of 72.
Mrs. Koester was born September 29, 1898 to Joe Kunetka and Annie Ritz Kunetka in Yoakum, Texas. She lived in Moulton for many years and moved to Seguin in 1933 where she was very active at Emmanuel Lutheran Church.
A resident of the Eden Home since 1988 she was a member of the Hermann and Sons Lodge, Saint Paul Lutheran Church and The Women’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Association.
She is survived by daughter Shirley Ruppel of New Braunfels; son, Earl Koester and wife Elbe of New Braunfels; nine grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grand-child.
Mrs. Koester was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Koester; daughter, Nile Ruth Morck; two sons-in-law and one grandson; Joel Ruppel.
Funeral services are scheduled for IO a.m. Monday, Oct. 16,2000 at Saint Paul Lutheran Church with Dr. Charles DeHaven officiating. Interment will follow at Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park. Public visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday and will continue until service time at the church. Pall-bearers will be great-grandsons.
Memorial contributions can be made to St, Paul Lutheran Church, Eden Home, or to The Henry & Stella Koester scholarship fund at Texas Lutheran University.
Elroy Krackau of New Braunfels died on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000 in McKenna Hpspital at the age of 77. He was born to Rudolph and Helen Krackau on Nov. 22, 1922 in San Marcos, Texas.
He is survived by his sister, Myrtle Timmerman; stepsister, Jeanette Dietert and her husband, Darvin L; numerous step-nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, 2000 in the Chapel at Zoeller Funeral Home with the Rev. Don Somerville officiating. Interment to follow at the Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation Id begin on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Association.
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a bomb may have been flung into embassy grounds. Authorities were investigating.
Anti-Western sentiment has been running high in the Arab world, with protesters condemning the United States in particular during demonstrations against Israel’s use of force in two weeks of deadly clashes in Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories.
“The world should not underestimate the anger of Palestinians at this moment,” said Mohammed al-Sharq, a member of the small Palestinian community in Aden who, like many here, said he believed “outside forces” were responsible for the attack on the Cole.
Esam a1 Najjar, a Palestinian-Yemeni working for a cement company, said such attacks can never be condoned, “but you must put yourself in the place of the people who carried it out. You have to try to understand that for some people, this is the only way left to respond.”
Yemen was one of the countries where members 'of the Palestine Liberation Organization settled after being forced from Lebanon.
Sailors mourn Kingsville mate
BOSTON (AP) — Sailors aboard the USS Constitution, a site for tourists and special Navy ceremonies, on Friday remembered a former shipmate who was killed in the bomb attack on the USS Cole in Yemen.
Ronchester Mananga Santiago, a cook from Kingsville, Texas, was among those listed as missing from the USS Cole. Santiago, whose nickname was “Chester,” left the Constitution in January after spending four years stationed there.
Senior Chief Mark Johnson said there had been plans for a celebration of the Navy’s 225th anniver
sary Friday at the Constitution, but those ceremonies would be toned down, closed to the media and there would be a moment of silence for Santiago and the others who died aboard the Cole.
Johnson said Santiago was very
well-liked among the 60 active crew members aboard the Constitution.
Nearly a million tourists visit “Old Ironsides” each year. The ship also hosts ceremonial functions.
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