Local Sailor Onboard U.S.S. Carl Vinson

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - It's been less than a week since Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan. His body was taken to the U.S.S. Carl Vinson and later buried at sea. A West Texan was on that ship when it happened.

Just like so many other Americans, Delma Jurado felt justice was served after learning Osama Bin Laden was killed. The self-proclaimed patriotic mom was even prouder learning Navy SEALs took part in that mission.

After all, her 21-year-old son, Trinidad, is currently on his first deployment with the United States Navy. So you can imagine the surprise she got after reading one of their news releases.

"I just happened to click on the one that said Bin Laden buried at sea and I got to reading and that's when my eyes go 'oh wow, he was taken to the U.S.S. Carl Vinson,'" Delma said.

Stationed half-way around the world, on the U.S.S. Carl Vinson, is Delma's son. She finally got in touch with him on Wednesday.

"I asked him did y'all celebrate and he goes 'there was excitement going on, we were all excited, thrilled but there wasn't much celebrating,'" Delma said.

Trinidad told Delma he didn't think twice when planes took off from the aircraft carrier.

"They knew that those planes had taken off but they didn't know where they were going and he said that within an hour they were back and that's when they made the announcement," Delma said.

She said her son saw something that made Bin Laden's death a reality.

"There was a body bag but they couldn't see the body," Delma said. "He said that he was like 40 ft. away. He couldn't believe that he was in so close a range to somebody and to be part of history."

But for Delma, her son's experience with history is bittersweet.

"My son's on there, this ship's now going to be a target," she said. "The radical Muslims, they'll do anything to get revenge. It's scary to think so but I believe that this will continue."