NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Eleven months before the September 11th attacks, Osama bin Laden masterminded the attack on the USS Cole in the port of Yemen.
Seventeen Norfolk-based sailors were killed when terrorists detonated a small boatful of explosives.
Lou Gunn is a retired sailor and the father of a young sailor killed in the attack on the USS Cole. Seaman Cherone Gunn was just 22 years old when he died in the massive explosion that nearly sank the USS Cole on October 12, 2000. Sunday night, U.S. Special Operations Forces killed the man who ordered that attack.
"The government finally came through for us and did something to avenge the death of our children," said Gunn.
Getting bin Laden has always been the primary objective for surviving family members of the fallen Cole sailors. Gunn said the president promised him and the families of those killed on September 11, that America would bring bin Laden to justice.
"President Obama met with us nine months ago and told us that you know they [were] gonna get him and that he was relentless. And he assured us that something would be done before his administration was out," said Gunn.
If that meeting took place nine months ago, the president may have shared inside information with those families without their knowing.
President Obama said, "Last August, after years of painstaking work by our intelligence community, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden."
Bin Laden's death will not bring Lou Gunn's son back, but it does give closure after more than a decade of sorrow.
"We feel his love every day, but to know that the one that murdered my son, that planned the murder of my son is now dead, hey bin Laden got what he deserved," said Gunn.
Gunn explained that there's still work to do.
The families still want terrorists held in Guantanamo Bay to face trial and they want financial compensation from the government of Yemen.
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Witnesses tell WAVY.com the attack of a shopper was the cause of a heavy police presence at the Ross department store at Military Circle in Norfolk Wednesday night.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.