Never Forget

| September 11, 2020

No, I won’t forget. Ever. None of us should.  These are newspaper front pages from 9-11-2001. That’s all I have to say.

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  1. ninja says:



    Have been waiting all morning for someone to remember 9-11 on TAH…

    For TAH Readers: Where were you on 9-11-2001 and what were you doing that day?

    NEVER FORGET. Rest In Peace to All That Lost Their Lives That Day.


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  2. ninja says:

    Another Commercial reference 9-11:

    “Budweiser ‘9/11 Tribute’ Ad: Super Bowl 2011”

    Imagine that. A Horse kneeling instead of some Snowflake representing a NFL Team.

    Never Forget.

    Where were you on 9-11 and what were you doing that day?

    • Fyrfighter says:

      Dammit, every time I see that commercial, those damn little onion cutting gnomes sneak in.. Can’t even manage a full sentence when I watch it..

      To answer your question about where we were Ninja, I was walking out the back door of Station 7, coming off shift when my wife called and asked if I’d seen that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. Like most at that time, I was thinking cessna / medical emergency. I ran back upstairs, and changed the channel on the TV from “Sports center” to a news channel, telling the crew to shut the hell up as they yelled at me for it. We all watched together until the second plane hit, at which time we knew it was terrorism.. I drove home, and got there just in time to see the first tower collapse, knowing full well that men I knew were inside, doing what they could to save others.

  3. Roh-Dog says:

    Never Forget.

    May the Creator continue to bless these United States and bring comfort to those lost that day, their friends and families.


  4. Jay says:

    Where was I?

    I was a young Corporal, stationed in Jacksonville Florida. That morning I was on NS Mayport doing the road time to get my bus license. We got called off the road and got back into the motor pool around 9:30 and saw all the mechs/civs watching the TV. We got told to high tail it off post because they were locking it down. I just made it off as they were putting barricades up.

    One of my coworkers lived close by so we stopped by his house and by time we got the TV on the first tower was already gone. He kept asking where it was and I STILL remember saying, “Its not there, man.” He thought it was hidden in the smoke. I saw the second tower collapse on television.

    Made it home and was glued to the television ALL DAY. Wound up pulling guard duty at the gate that night from 8pm to 8am. We had to check EVERY SINGLE VEHICLE coming on the island.

  5. Haywire Angel says:

    I was still active duty AF in Idaho at the time, and had just dropped my kiddo’s off at the sitters house at 0630 MST. I could see the news in the background, and it showed the towers after the first one was hit.

    By the time I got to work, a group of us went to the breakroom to see what the news would say. As soon as we did, we saw the video replay of the 2nd plane hitting. We were all stunned, and then phones started ringing and soon our unit started 24 hour shifts(monitoring the air space around the northwest), all movement on base stopped with going to Threatcon Delta, and the world was never the same. I called the sitter in a panic and let her know I didn’t know when we would be able to pick up the kids (my hubby and I were both active duty). She was a saint, telling me not to worry about them. One of my co-workers wives was able to stop by our house to take care of our animals as well. We ended up being able to leave the next evening, and I was so thankful everyone came together to help each other out.

    Not an exciting story, but it is MY story of where I was.

  6. Twist says:

    I was stationed at Ft Campbell at the time. I was on my way home from PT when I heard about the first plane hitting on the radio. When I got home I turned on the news just in time to see the second plane hit. I woke up my wife and told her about it. I rinsed off jumped into my uniform and rushed back to my Company. I made it back just before they closed post. My 1SG called a formation right after the plane hit the Pentagon and I remember clearly what he said. He said “men, right now you should be having major pucker factor because we are going to war”. A couple of hours later I was sitting in a turret behind a Ma Deuce at gate 4 thinking that if I had to fire the thing then the people at the US Cavalry store across the street are going to be having a bad day. We were on DRF-1 at the time.

  7. Sparks says:

    Thank you, Ex-PH2.

    May God bless and keep our nation and never allow the light of her hope and promise to be extinguished.

  8. Anonymous says:

    For those “AmeriKKKa had it coming” types, see this:

  9. NHSparky says:

    Was out by 9/11. Living in Orange County, working in LA.

    Picked up gear at office in Alhambra as first plane hit, on my way to Lynwood when second plane hit. My coworker and I got our work done in record time, and we agreed to head out after that.

    The substation we were working was in the landing pattern of LAX (710 at 105 freeway) so planes would be low, loud, and regular under normal conditions. By the time we left, the all stop had been ordered, so both the skies and freeways were deserted.

    Eerie feeling heading back to Westminster and home doesn’t even begin to cover it.

  10. ninja says:

    Was sitting at my desk going thru paperwork and the phone rang.

    It was one of my Soldiers calling from the Middle East. He informed me that a plane hit the World Trade Center and to turn on the TV ASAP.

    I popped my head into my Boss’s Office and informed him what our Soldier told me. We turned on the TV that was in his office and watched in horror real time the 2nd plane hit the World Trade Center.

    My Boss’s phone immediately rang. After a quick discussion on the phone, he hastily picked up his binder and left his office. I had our Soldiers come into our Boss’s Office to watch what was transpiring on TV.

    One of my Soldier’s made the comment “Do you think we will be hit?”. I replied “I hope the Pentagon does not get hit”. I had just PCSed to my current duty station from the Pentagon a couple of months prior to 9-11.

    The Pentagon was hit.

    My worst fears came true when I heard several days later that I lost a Co-Worker and Friend who was part of General Maude’s Staff, DCSPER.

    Two months later, I was in the Sandbox for OEF. Because our unit also became involved with OIF, I stayed in the Sandbox for 2 years (I had a Stop-Loss Speciality that the Army had a shortage of Soldiers to do that mission, thus the reason for the 2001-2003 deployment).

    19 years later, I still miss my Friend. Two of my other Friends managed to get out of the Pentagon alive through windows, suffering from burns, broken bones and smoke inhalation. To this day, they are not bitter as to what happened to them and have never portrayed themselves as Victims.

    Rest In Peace To All Who Lost Their Lives That Day.

    SALUTE to our First Responders.

    Never Forget.

    Thank You To All Who Are Sharing Their Memories Of 9-11-2001.

  11. OWB says:

    Was doing some mindless paperwork with the local radio on in the background. The program host got a very odd tone in his voice as he announced that a plane had crashed into WTC. Immediately got the TV turned on in our conference room where we saw the second plane crash.

    It got rather busy after that. We all had a lot to do. The next day I was at Andrews AFB doing stuff. It took a while to get our NYC folks accounted for, for instance. Got involved with all sorts of strange things.

    No, it will ever be forgotten. Got to discuss with Mom & Dad how they reacted to Pearl Harbor. Swapping those stories was very interesting. They were both in DC with defense jobs when that happened.

  12. The Other Whitey says:

    Finally back in my own station, though I won’t be going home for the foreseeable future. Days off are cancelled statewide.

    We half-masted the Flag this morning, badges are shrouded, and PT includes 343 pushups. FDNY’s recorded incident radio traffic is available on youtube; I don’t speak Noo Yawka, but I make a point every year of listening with my crew. Quite a few of the voices recorded belonged to men who didn’t walk out of there.

    I’ve been involved in some major disasters in my career. But the loss of life on such a scale in so short an amount of time is far beyond anything I’ve ever experienced. I’ve met a few WTC survivors who still had a hard time articulating the sheer horror of it. I pray we never see another day like that in America.

    • TOW;
      If you get Firefighter close calls, there is a nice write up on Fdny Chief of Dept Ganci and also the difference in construction between the WTC and Empire State building. I remember that Chief of Dept John O’Hagen was very much against how the construction of the WTC was going because they were not going by the 1936 or 1938 building code on certain requirements on fire proofing.

    • Fyrfighter says:

      Well stated TOW, and glad you’re back at your station. Just got back from Cameron Peak fire myself yesterday after 14. We got there on 9/11 (reason for my late posts, finally got back to internet). Being a squad boss trainee, I was shadowing the engine boss in staging that morning, but our firefighter did an impromptu stairclimb in the hotel housing the ICP with a couple other crews. Hotel only being 9 stories, they made a number of laps.

  13. We were supposed to deliver foreign currency to Bank
    Of America in # 1 WTC but was changed to make the pick up there later on. We were going over the Manhatten bridge and I happened to glance out of the left window where I was seated and saw smoke coming out of the building. My co worker Jose calls his Mom and she says an airplane went into the building. We get off the bridge on our way to DTC (depository trust company) on 175 Water street and while going through Chatham Square, I try and get a better look so I sit on Joses lap just as the second plane hits #2 WTC. We make it to DTC and they decided to take our material and while inside, the tower went down with all sorts of debri floating over the east river. We end up going up the east river drive going north in the south bound lane. We finally got back to our Brooklyn Kent ave office located at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. We found out that the 4 man crew doing the Bank Of America were in the building making the delivery. Three were in the mens room after the delivery when the plane hit and ran down the interior stairs with 2 crew members running to the Staten Island Ferry and the third ran to Greenwhich Village where his Mom lived. “Joey” Trombino Korean War Combat Vet and survivor of joanne Chesimards terror attack sat in the truck inside the under ground truck parking area. The office calls him up telling him to drive the truck out but he didn’t know you had to push a starter button so they tell him just leave but he says he doesn’t want to leave his crew not knowing that they were already out of the building. His remains were found 3 months later with other remains. He was identified through the serial number on his handgun.
    RIP to FDNY and LBFD Capt Terry Hatton and Kenny “Igor” Marino Rescue 1 on that day and FDNY and LBFD members Bill Quick, John Elgis, Richie Wentz (NYPD)
    and Mike Ornauer 2020 From my rig due to 9/11 related illness. My rig was called in for mutual aid scene lighting and a lot of stuff floating around. Due to my work hours I couldn’t be on any of the mutual aides that the dept sent out. All the above members were FDNY and Long Beach Volunteers at one time or another. Mike Ornauer was also a Nassau County Fire dispatcher #30 and member of my company.233.

  14. 5JC says:

    I was a battery commander in an ADA unit at the time. We were in the middle of a deployment exercise that day. The S2 sent out an Email stating a plane had hit the first tower. I remember thinking that it wasn’t part of the exercise so I called him to ask and he verified it was real. I told him to send out a follow up so everyone would know.

    It started getting busy for real soon after. The exercise turned in to the real thing. By the end of the day we had deployment warnings orders that kept evolving. It was certainly a case of closing the barn door afterwards. Even if we had been deployed around the country that day no one in their right mind would have ordered the shoot down of a civilian air liner on 9/11/01.

  15. Berliner says:

    I was hand sorting the last of the machine reject letter mail listening to KVI Seattle when the 1st tower was hit.

  16. ninja says:

    19 years ago today, our Heroes were First Responders: Firefighters, Police, EMT..Americans helping Americans.

    They ran into Danger because they knew lives mattered…ANY AND ALL LIVES MATTERED.

    As shown by this Commercial, we can get a Horse to kneel to illustrate the depth of a Nation’s admiration, respect and love for those First Responders and their sacrifices.

    Today, Premaddonnas, Narcisstant Snowflakes and Ignoramuses who have led privileged lives kneel to show they HATE not only these Brave, Selfless Heroes, but also God, Our Country, Our Flag, Our Freedom and our God-Given Liberty.

    The World was and is a dangerous place. Faith in God, Patriotism and Sacrifices were then and are now three of the best ways to navigate the dangers.

    Never Forget.

    To All of Our First Responders: SALUTE.

  17. OldSoldier54 says:

    A grim day. Too many have already forgotten it seems.

    I will not.

  18. 5th/77th FA says:

    We had just finished a video training session on outside plant security. Since the inherwebz wasn’t downloading we watched the back up DVD. I had just popped the disc out and switched the TV set to off air when the news came on showing the special report news flash. I hollered at the troops to come back inside when the second plane hit. Just like the military has an Op Plan for everything, Ma Bell has a written “practice”. As we were implementing this the two towers were coming down. Many of the work centers (for the technicians) are at Central Office locations. The backup generator trailers, spare battery trailers, and the portable CO Trailers were hooked up, all vehicles and fuel (propane) containers were filled and dispatching was made to overwatch the other Centrals, the SLICC Sites, Cell Sites and other critical Outside Plant Facilities.

    My mind was torn between making sure we did what was necessary to secure the Telephone system and saying a prayer for the people that I knew of that worked there.

    It’s a damn shame that so many people in this Country have forgotten that “some people” did “some things.” I haven’t forgotten and never will. Not just what those bastards did that day, but for all of the people we have lost since then.

    Thank you Ex for this post, Thanks to ninja and all of the others for their added links and a heartfelt Thanks for the personal stories that everyone has shared, again, today.

  19. Steve says:

    I was 17, at home in Australia. Mum woke me up.

    It took me a few years to join up, but I did eventually. I’m so proud to have done my bit and to have served alongside you lads/ladettes.

    This day changed my life, and the lives of everyone I knew and served with.

    Never forget.

  20. Old tanker says:

    I was home still in bed when it started. I lived in AZ so was 4 time zones away. AZ doesn’t do daylight savings so when almost all the country screws with the clocks AZ ignores it and is on Pacific time. I caught the news when I turned on the radio to shave. The next day I called MILPERCEN to ask to come out of retirement and help. (retired 2000) All I got was a big laugh from the person on the phone who told me they had plenty of 0-5’s running around and didn’t need any more.

    I am still just as pissed off now as I was on that day. I cannot and will not forget same as my elders do regarding Pearl Harbor. At least that was a Military target, not a bunch of innocent civilians being targeted.

  21. Jarhead says:

    At the moment the first plane hit the first tower, I had just stood up from bed and was getting ready for my first post operative visit with my cardiologist after suffering my first heart attack some 12 days earlier.

    Thankful to be alive, but knew my suffering and recovery was absolutely NOTHING compared to the many families faced with the next days, months and years of their lives. Truly a time for me to be eternally thankful. Still am.

  22. OWB says:

    Just figured a very appropriate response to the idiots currently spewing their hatred an misusing the term racism:

    The US proved it’s lack of racism and it’s love of all people on 9/11/2001. On that day we were all targeted. On that day we bled and died together, as one. On that day the firefighters and police officers saved the lives of human beings of every possible description without regard for unimportant details like the skin color and bank balance of those they saved. We did not care then and we do not care now. We are all one. Those who wish to separate us are fools.