Father of USS Cole Victim Relieved at Bin Laden's Death

By: BROCK VERGAKIS - Associated Press Writer
By: BROCK VERGAKIS - Associated Press Writer

The father of a USS Cole bombing victim says he's relieved to learn Osama bin Laden has died.

John Clodfelter of Mechanicsville, Virginia says he just wishes it didn't take so long to happen. Clodfelter's son, Kenneth, was among 17 sailors killed in the 2000 attack on the destroyer in Yemen blamed on al-Qaida.

He says his wife cried when she learned about bin Laden's death while watching the news Sunday night. He learned about bin Laden's death early Monday after being awoken from a sleep study. He says he's glad it was a team of Navy Seals who killed bin Laden. His son wanted to become a Seal at the time of his death.

Kenneth Clodfelter was a 21-year-old hull maintenance technician when he died.

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