Sailor on Bataan waits for news of his Haitian relatives

January 15, 2010 

Chief warrant officer 2 Wilfrid (cq) Bossous, a native of Haiti, knows of three relatives that died in the earthquake. He does not know about the welfare of dozens of members of his extended family, including his aunt that raised him for the first 13 years of his life. He was photograhed about the Bataan as it approached Morehead City, NC on Friday, Jan. 14, 2010. The ship was bound for relief operations in Haiti. ( Steve Earley / The Virginian-Pilot )

STEVE EARLEY — The Virginian-Pilot

Navy Chief Warrant Officer Wilfrid Bossous was at home in Portsmouth playing video games with his 5-year-old daughter when his wife called him upstairs to see the pictures on CNN.

To Bossous, they were more than images of crumbled Haitian buildings and bodies. They were pictures of his homeland.

Less than a day later, he received orders to report to the Bataan with 1,100 other Hampton Roads-area sailors. The amphibious assault ship was rushing to deploy to Port-au-Prince, the city of Bossous’ birth and the place where dozens of his relatives are now missing.

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