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Champaign Sailor To Be Honored At USS Cole Bombing Remembrance

Engineman Second Class Marc Ian Nieto

CHAMPAIGN – A Navy Sailor from Champaign who died in the USS Cole attack will be remembered in a ceremony next week.

Back in 1999, terrorists bombed the ship as it was being refueled in Yemen’s Aden Harbor.

Seventeen sailors died, including Engineman Second Class Marc Ian Nieto of Champaign.

The ceremony will take place Naval Station Norfolk on October 12, which will mark 20 years since the attack.


Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick is the News & Public Affairs Director for the Illinois Newsroom. He started at WILL in October of 2019 after serving as News Director for WKAR in East Lansing, Michigan. Previously, he was a news producer and manager at the NBC station in Dallas, where he won 7 Emmy awards. Born in Vietnam, Reginald is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado. Email: rh14@illinois.edu Twitter: @RNewsWILL

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