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Guana’s body found: Now Rice family can mourn, heal

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Ellis County Press
ENNIS - The family of Tim Gauna can grieve and, in time, heal from his tragic death aboard the USS Cole in Yemen.

Gauna's body was one of the last ones found in the wreckage of the destroyer's hull after a terrorist bomb killed 17 sailors.

Guana's mother, Sarah, had refused to give up hope until her 21-year-old son's body was located.

A fund has been set up at Ennis State Bank, P.O. Box 370, Ennis, TX 75120 for the family of Timothy Guana, who died Oct. 12 when a small boat carrying the bomb pulled up next to the USS Cole in the Yemen harbor off the Persian Gulf.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25 at the Church of God here.

Rev. Lynn Godsey of Templo De Poder in Ennis conducted a service last Thursday evening at the home of Gauna's grandparents, Naomi Adams and Albert Ramirez, in Ennis.

Adams and Ramirez will be responsible for the Timothy Gauna Fund at Ennis State Bank.

The primary purpose of the fund was said to assist with the cost of Gauna family members attending last week's memorial service in Norfolk, Va.

The U.S. Navy couldn't pay for all of Gauna's family members who attended.

Gauna was a Navy seaman, who was stationed on the USS Cole in the Persian Gulf when the ship was attacked by terrorists at the port of Yemen, located on the coast south of Saudia Arabia.

Gauna was a graduate of Ennis High School, where he played varsity baseball.

His immediate family had recently moved to the nearby city of Rice.

Family members received the news about Guana's body while on a tour of a destroyer identical to the Cole. They said the tour helped them understand why the Navy had difficulty locating bodies in the collapsed levels. 

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