not so many years ago marc, a boy in high school, like many other boys before and since, saved a few bucks working part time jobs. as ordinary boys do, marc bought himself a beat up old camaro that he was going to fix up and turn into a hotrod. he worked on it, bits and pieces as he had the cash. marc was making some progress, up til high school graduation when the navy recruiter called him, like many young men were called. the recruiter was doing his job, filling his imagination with distant ports, pretty girls all over the world, three meals and a cot and spending money, and marc thought this sounded pretty cool.so the 1980 Z28 camaro got parked away in a shed, to await his return. holley double pumper and edelbrock hi-rise and braided steel hoses and mag wheels got dusty while mark went away to basic training. finally he got his first assignment aboard a little ship, and off to see the world our ordinary young man from the midwest went.exotic ports of call, the recruiter promised, and to a young boy from the midwest what could be more exotic than south yemen, where his ship put in for fuel. sleeping the sleep of an ordinary boy tired from a days labor, marc and 16 shipmates had their ordinary lives ended by the plot of a terrorist coward.his father and brothers have not forgotten marc ian nieto, and today they drove that beautiful blue camaro into champaign, and they parked it on the showroom of the dealership where i work. they finished what marc started and was never allowed to complete. if youre in central illinois the next couple days, stop by and see what a fine job they did turning the old beater into the hotrod young marc will never driveUSS Cole, you are not forgotten.
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