The USS STARK, A Fast Frigite Warship, came under attack by Iraqi flown Jets twenty five years ago.“The memories are still fresh” said Tim Martineau, a Navy diver who was onboard the Stark the dreaded night the attack occurred. Thirty seven shipmates perished and many were badly injured.
Many of the injured have been dealing with various illnesses that include depleted uranium poisoning from bomb shrapnel, also known as toxic imbedded fragments, and many other toxic related health issues. Breathing the smoke and fumes from the fires onboard and vapor particles from the initial explosions were also very toxic to these sailors. Officials attending the event were; Florida State Representative Col. Ronald Renuart (ret) from the National Guard and Rear Admiral David Thomas.
Representative Renuart also known as”Doc” served three combat tours including Iraq and Afghanistan. He has flown in over 29 combat missions.”Doc” Renuart serves on the health and Human services quality subcommittee and the health and human services Committee for military affairs.
Rear Admiral David Thomas was also on hand at the event. Admiral Thomas has served as U.S. Fleet Forces Command; As Commander of joint task force Guantanamo Bay Cuba. He was awarded the defense superior service medal,and the Bronze Star Medal as well as many other unit decorations.