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Before 9/11 there was 10/12.

Kirk Lippold, US Navy (Ret.), was the Commander of the USS Cole on October 12th, 2000. This was roughly one year before the World Trade Center was destroyed in New York City, before the Pentagon was attacked, before the plane went down in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and before more than 3,000 people were killed at the hands of radical Islamic terrorists all on American soil.

On October 12th, 2000 the USS Cole, while refueling in the port of Aden, Yemen was attacked. Some might say a precursor to 9/11.

Men and women in the uniform of the United States Navy lost their lives.

The moments immediately following the attack, and the subsequent days that exemplify picking up the six through service before self.

Commander Lippold joined the podcast to talk about how his sailors truly lived for others in a moment of extreme crisis.


More on Kirk Lippold, his story, and his life after the attack on USS Cole can be found at

Kirk's book Front Burner: Al-Qaeda's Attack on the USS Cole is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and on audio at Downpour.


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