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USS COLE is the first warship named for Sergeant Darrell S Cole USMC 1920-1945 Sergeant Cole was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his conspicuous gallantry in the campaign at Iwo Jima Sergeant Cole was enlisted in to the Marine Corps originally as a Bugler this proved to be some what a slow pace and demoralizing rating due to him joining a fighting unit to fight He had applied for a change in rating but was refused due to the shortage of buglers He did get is wish at Guadalcanal for the first American offensive of World War II where he had an opportunity to fill in as a Machine Gunner in the situation that then a normal gunner is incapacitated During the the months that followed Guadalcanal and Marianas campaigns he resubmitted his request for a change of rating This time his request was approved He was promoted Corporal and was subsequently promoted to Sergeant in November 1944On February 19 1945 Sergeant Cole led his machine gun section ashore in the D-Day assault of Iwo Jima were he single handedly destroyed five Japanese machine gun encampments Sergeant Cole only returned to his own lines to resupply with grenades but he was subsequently killed when returning to his line when the operation was thought to be complete It Is with resourceful and selflessness that one of the navys most versitle craft received his name sake The USS Cole or DDG These fast warships provide multi-mission offensive and defensive capabilities and can operate independently or as part of carrier battle groups surface action groups amphibious ready groups while still maintaining maximum operation ional capabilities Technological advances in the past 30 years have warranted a new class of destroyers that would capitalize from data gained over the course of the Cold War The new class of destroyers gained the name of the Arleigh Burke steming from the navys illustrious destroyer squand
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