Monday, September 06, 2010

Patrick Michael Aranyos 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Patrick Aranyos. He was 26 years old. He was killed at the WTC on September 11th. Patrick worked as a bond broker at Euro Bond Brokers. Born in The Hague, the Netherlands, Patrick grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He lived all over from Amersham, England to Jupiter, Florida and ended up in Boston, Massachusetts for college. After graduating in 1997 from Boston College with a degree in finance and marketing, Pat found his way to the isle of Manhattan. His parents were Alexander and Winifred, he had a brother Alexander and sister Stephanie.

In his memory:
March 11, 2002
I knew Pat at Boston College. He was truly a great guy. My prayers and thoughts are with his family.
Will Lennox, Cooperstown, New York
January 14, 2002
Throughout a person's life, it's rare to meet a close, unconditional, and enduring friend that will perservere with you, laugh with you, and be there for you whenever you need him. I was lucky enough to have Patrick be that friend to me, and he was so much more. On so many levels, I could relate to him and saw many of my own personality traits reflected in him - only he carried them off much better. So when he passed on, so did a part of me. My heart aches for him and my deepest sympathy goes out to the many that share in my grief. Sometimes I have dreams of Patrick. They are so vivid and he is so real that when I awake, I am severely effected and I know it's going to be a rough day. Patrick was my best friend and I know that there will never be another like him in my lifetime.
Sol Sund, San Francisco, California
January 13, 2002
Dear Sandy & Winnie,
Today it's Sunday 13 Jan, and a brilliantly sunny day here in LA. I was phoned this morning by my father who was in tears, having read about Patrick in the NY times. I cannot tell you how sad I feel for you and the family. I was one of the lucky ones on that terrible day, watching as the events unfolded infront of my eyes at ground zero. I remember Patrick as warmly as all the others who have signed his book. He was one of the good guys, always smiling and happy. I hope to race this Feb in the Olympics with the Hungarian team. I'd like to dedicate our efforts to his memory.
Peace be with you
Nicholas Frankl, LA / London, California
January 04, 2002
Every time we come together-your absence is overpowering. I find myself looking around the corner for you--to ask me how I am doing, how I am really doing, and to share a laugh, or two...but you never turn that corner, so now I must talk to you in my prayers.
We all miss you terribly and we will never, ever forget you.
May God bless your soul and your family...
Katie Curran, New York City, New York

Honor Elizabeth Wainio 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying respect to Lizz Wainio. She was killed on Flight 93 on September 11th. She was 27. She worked as a district manager for Discovery Channel Stores and was traveling to San Fransisco on business. She had many friends and family and was a success at her job becoming the No. 1 ranking business development manager in regional sales performance at Discovery. In high school she was captain on the cheerleader squad, editor of the newspaper and member of the field hockey team.

Fundraiser for the Honor Elizabeth Wainio '95 Memorial Communications Scholarship
When: Saturday, October 23, 2010 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Event Location: Ropewalk Tavern,
1209 South Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21230
Heartbreaking but filled with love messages to her on

October 08, 2009
My Darling,

We have celebrated your life today with your favorite foods and beverage as well as a favorite dessert. Your friends and I have shared fun memories and some of your favorite quotes. We love you. Happy Birthday.
Momma Esti
Esther Heymann, Baltimore, Maryland
September 14, 2009
Dear Elizabeth,
Well, another year as passed. Last week was a busy week for you again. First, Esti, Sarah and I went to Washington, DC for the day ending at the Capitol for the unveiling of the plaque to honor you and the other 39 passengers and crew aboard Flight93. It is amazing to think that your name will be forever in that building of so much history for our country. Then on Thursday, we joined your friends at the Ropewalk for the annual fundraiser for your scholarship fund at Towson University. It was held on a weekday instead of the weekend this year and to be honest turned out to be for me personally, a gift. For the first time in years, I was not sitting around on the 10th of September dreading the next day. On Friday morning, Esti, Sarah and I left at 6AM to drive to Shanksville for the memorial service for you and the other 39 passengers and crew. We had not been to the last two years events because as you know, we spent it in New York visiting Sarah and eating at Ruby Foos, your favorite. We drove up and back the same day. As always, it is an emotional day and draining. I miss you as much today as I did 8 years ago. It is hard to believe that it has been eight years. Before, I forget, while we were in Washington, we visited the Smithsonian and saw the display they had to 9/11. They had for Flight 93 a picture of the crash site and also a damaged air phone. I immediately thought that this could have been the same phone that you used to call Esti that day. I am so glad that you called her because I know that if anyone could have helped you get through that day, it was going to be Esti. It gives me great comfort to know that in your last minutes of life, that you could share them with her. I love you so very much and miss you beyond words. Love, Daddy
Ben Wainio, Baltimore, Maryland

John Talignani 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to John Talignani. John was killed on Flight 93 on September 11th, he was 74 years old. He was a cook, a pizzeria owner, and later a bartender at Manhattan's Palm Too Restaurant, where he worked for 20 years. John had three stepsons, and was preceded in death by his wife Selma. A retired bartender who schmoozed with the likes of Donald Trump and Dick Clark during his 20 years at a tony Manhattan steakhouse, Talignani just couldn't resist the pitches on QVC.
Some of the messages left for John and his family:

February 12, 2003
I never met Mr. Talignani but I did work with his wife Selma years ago. She was a wonderful woman. I know he must have been wonderful too. Its 2-14-03 and to this day, you and your family are on my mind. I'm so sad, there was so much loss in the family, in such tragic ways.
This family will forever be in my prayers. I think of Glen often and pray that God bless him with strength and love. Carmen Lorenzo
Carmen Lorenzo, Brooklyn, New York
April 07, 2008
Who says there are no more heros. John Talignani is an American hero and his family knows this better than anyone. His legacy will remain with me forever. Thank you Mr. Talignani.
Jeff Crotty, Shipshewana, Indiana
March 13, 2002
Dear John,
You are in my daily prayers, as is my son, Stephen, your stepson, who was lost in Tower 1 of the WTC on Sept. 11th. It was a double tragedy that day for me, as we were still friends up until the end. I pray that God keeps you in his care.I know that you are in a better place, with your wife, parents and brother - and Steve.
Ann Lauria, Palm Coast, Florida
October 12, 2001
God Bless you and your family and may the memories you have help you through this most tragic time.
God Bless you
Peggy Rios, Livermore, California

Donald A. Peterson 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Donald Peterson. He was killed on Flight 93 along with his wife Jean on September 11th. Don was 66 years old, Jean was 55. Donald and Jean Peterson were flying to San Francisco for an annual family trip to Yosemite National Park. Donald Peterson, 66, former head of Continental Electric in New Jersey and a former member of the New Jersey Board of Education, had started working as a Christian missionary about 10 years ago with his wife. Jean had just held her first grandchild, one of her three daughters said. Donald and Jean lived a life of quiet service to alcoholics and addicts, women with crisis pregnancies and residents of impoverished nations. Both had loving families and I know they will be very missed.

Some memories and thanks from loved ones and strangers:
March 13, 2002
Grace and Catherine and all of your family~ We don't get to see each other very often but I just wanted you to know that all of your friends at home think about you constantly. We love you and we loved your mom and Don. You are always in our prayers.
Hillary Zavalas, Spring Lake, New Jersey March 11, 2002
I first met Don at America's Keswick, "where God speaks to hearts", where he was counselling some of the men I also was working with. His warm understanding compassion won my immediate admiration and respect. My wife and I were at their memorial service at the Lincroft Bible Church and it was wonderful to hear the many tributes given at that time.
Richard K (Dick) Gorgas, Chatham NJ, New Jersey
October 25, 2001
to Mr. and Mrs Petersens family and friends, I am truly sorry for the death of your parents and friends, they died heroes on that flight, and just remember, they wont be forgotten, A cousin of mine was on that same plane, they fought to save themselves and saved many on the ground with their efforts, we must all remember this, and not let others forget. Having lost both of my parents, I know that pain you must be feeling, talk to each other, stay in close contact, support each other, you will all need each other. I will be thinking of you each and every day.. Sincerely, Debbie

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Lauren Grandcolas 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Lauren Grandcolas. She was married and lived in California. At the time of her death at 38, she was three months pregnant with her and her husbands first child. From what I have read of her she had a loving family and she was quite an accomplished person. Lauren was a marketing expert for Good Housekeeping and was also writing a book on self-help for women, covering finance and other topics. Three weeks prior to September 11, she left her job at Good Housekeeping in order to dedicate herself to the book. Her sisters have since worked together with the publisher, Chronicle Books, to get the book published entitled You Can Do It!: The Merit Badge Handbook for Grown-Up Girls, was published on April 10, 2005.The book provides a guide, modeled on the Girl Scouts' merit badge system. The proceeds from the sale of the book go to the Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas Foundation, which contributes funds to a college scholarship program, and charitable organizations across the United States.

8/17/11: Updated info: To honor her spirit, Jack and Lauren's family started the Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas Foundation, a philanthropic organization that helps people attain their life goals. One of the foundation's key acts is financially supporting a state-of-the-art birthing room at Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae, Calif.

Such touching memorials from both loved ones and strangers to Lauren:

I made it. I ran my first race. It was as if you were with me the entire time.
"Mold to clay and submit to iron." - Modern meditation from China
Posted by Jane Stein on 2005-12-20
Our second born child was conceived on 9/11. When we found out she was a girl we looked up the list of victims from 9/11 and chose Lauren. I was also 38 years old, the same age as Ms. Grandcolas. Just our own small personal tribute.
Posted by Hope on 2003-12-12

September 07, 2006
I worked with Lauren at Price Waterhouse and she was an angel that saved us many times in "pitches" for potential clients. Now she is a real angel and will not be forgotten. May peace be with her and everyone that this tragedy has affected. God Bless.
Tom McGovern, Pasadena, California
August 03, 2006
It took me a long time to respond to this. I didn't want to bother you with everything that was going on at the time for you. I still don't know what to say other than I was lucky enough to be around Lauren a lot in college, since she was Carol's best bud. Nothing but good memories. I have thought of you MANY times since 9/11 ole' pal. I know you have gotten better, because you are a winner in life. I know because we went through some trials together, both with our endeavours and friendships. I am proud to say I know someone who has been as humble and respectful as you have been through your ordeal. I send many positive vibes your way, as I have since I found out. I would love to hear from you someday Jack, if you have moved on enough to say hi without any pain involved. Things have REALLY changed here. You wouldn't believe some of it. Anyways, many positive thoughts sent your way, and I miss ya man!
Your bro',
Ben Wesley, Austin, Texas
September 11, 2003
I had the pleasure of living across the hall from Lauren our freshman year at UT and even have a couple of pictures of her from those days. She was such a cutie and fun to have around. It's strange and sad to think that she is gone, but the strength and bravery she exhibited that day will always stay with me.
Christi Daniels-Braun, Fort Collins, Colorado

Andrew Garcia 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Andrew Garcia. He was killed on Flight 93 on September 11th. He was 62, but most people wouldn't have believed it if they met him. Andrew Garcia kept active, both physically and mentally, and loved to play tricks on people. The President and founder of Cinco Group, Inc. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; daughters, Kelly Garcia and Audrey Olive; and son, Andrew. Three months after the crash his widow Dorothy received a gift from the FBI wrapped in velvet; her husbands wedding ring. What a gift that must have been and she is quoted as saying, "God has answered my prayers." I am so sorry you lost your husband. I found a picture from their wedding, I hope that is okay. I used it because it's such a glorious picture. Andrew Garcia was obviously well loved.

September 11, 2009
Andy was a customer in a small packaging store that I worked in while living in California. I was "stunned" when I heard the news. My birthday is September 11th, and every year, I think of the wonderful guy that came in and bought a bag of packing peanuts or a few boxes, that always had a kind gentle smile on his face. He was a blessing to know...
Deb Lovell Adams
Seattle, WA (formerly of San Carlos, CA) September 14, 2008
WE WILL NEVER FORGET!!! You are in our thoughts and prayers!!!
Lori Guyton, Eatonton, Georgia

Some memories that have been left for him:

You are thought of often and missed daily.
Posted by Laura on 2009-09-11

It's a great comfort to know you were with my best friend in the end. Thanks to all the heroes on United 93 together in heaven. I feel peace knowing you, Cee Cee, and all our heroes are watching over me and my family.
Posted by Lacey on 2008-09-15
God bless you, Andrew! Rest in peace. xx
Posted by Jenny on 2008-03-30

September 13, 2005
It has been many months since I learned of Andy's death and with the recent special on Discovery, I am again reminded of the man that he was and will always remain to be in my memory, a brave courageous man that thought of others first and foremost.
The many business trips that we took together while I was with Englehard will always be full of more than memories of customer visits and sales, it will full of the fatherly advice that he gave me about life that I still use to this day.
I miss him dearly, and hope that you and your family are well.
Dwayne Johnson, Jackson, New Jersey
September 12, 2002
To the Garcia Family,
My name is Susan Hiscock and I am the mother of three boys ages 12, 16 and 18. I was washing my son's school uniform and pulled a sticker off the front of his sweater. On the sticker was written, Andrew Garcia 62. I asked him what it meant. He said that was who he prayed for during the memorial service at his school, St. Bonaventure's College, on Sept. 11, 2002. I thought your family would like to know that a 12 year old boy in Newfoundland, Canada, prayed for your husband, father and grandfather. We seached the internet and can now put a face to Andrew Garcia. I will keep the sticker and we will keep him in our prayers and our hearts. Although we're at the opposite end of the continent we feel a connection to you. Also, many thousands of stranded U.S. passengers landed in Nfld. on Sept.11, 2001. We had two ladies from Kentucky stay at our home during the time that flights were grounded. May God give you strength. We'll keep you in our hearts. Love from the Hiscock family.
Susan Hiscock, St. John's, Newfoundland

Jane Folger 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying triute to Jane Folger. She was killed on Flight 93 on September 11th. She was 73 years old, from Bayonne, N.J., was a retired bank employee. She was heading to San Francisco. Her sister in-law Pat was also on Flight 93.

Messages from friends and loved ones:
September 11, 2004
Dear Bobby:
Our deepest sympathies go out to you and the Folger family on this day of remembrance. How saddened we were when we heard the news about your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today.
Peter & Patty Mathews, Oceanside, California

June 10, 2004
The saddest day was hearing of us loosing you. May you be in heaven with Jack your son and my friend. My heart goes out to all of Jane's children.
Jim Meehan, Salisbury Mills, New York

February 03, 2002
As I watched the events of September 11th unfold from my Manhattan apartment, little did I know that Jane and her sister-in-law Pat were on Flight 93. I had already received word of the loss of my best friend's brother at 1WTC earlier that day, when the call came in from my aunt telling me that Jane and Pat had perished in the crash. I was so deeply saddened and shocked to hear the news.
I knew Jane from the time I was a young girl growing up in Bayonne. She was a dear friend of my Aunt Grace and I would often see her at family functions. I will never forget her inner strength and tremendous faith and courage, and most importantly the support she gave my family in our time of sorrow. But what I will remember most is her shining smile and sincere warmth. I know she is still smiling down on all of us. She was truly an inspiration in life and we will remember her always with fondness and love.
God bless Jane and give her beloved family strength and courage during these difficult days.
Karen Longa Dobies, New York, New York

Jane has two wonderful grandchildren here in our town - her son and daughter-in-law have a wonderful family and this must be a result of an upbringing of love and respect - may God be with the entire Folger family.

Posted by north brunswick soccer mom on 2009-09-12
I did not know Jane personally, but only knew her through her son, Neil, who was one of my dearest friends in college. Neil spoke often and highly of his mother. I can only say that, if our children are a reflection of the work we put into their upbringing, then Neil was Jane's most magnificent reflection. He was my hero when my mom died. He was always there for me, a shoulder to cry on, a friend to laugh with. When he died, at such a young age, I felt that a ray of sunshine had been taken away from my life. Maybe God meant for Jane to be together again with her beloved son. I hope they found each other in heaven. May they both rest in peace.
Posted by Laurie on 2007-09-11

Joseph Deluca 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Joseph Deluca. He was killed on Flight 93 on September 11th. His girlfriend Linda Gronlund was also onboard Flight 93. Joseph was a Computer program designer, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. For Joseph Deluca cars were a preoccupation. He raced them, ran clubs for them, drew them, wrote about them and talked about them. A board member of the northern New Jersey chapter of the Sports Car Club of America, he wrote and edited the group's newsletter. For years, that newsletter and other publications included his creation "The Adventures of Raymond the Cat," a single-panel cartoon about the travails of a road-rallying, windbreaker-wearing cat.

Some messages I found to Joseph from friends and loved ones:
Jim Shimalla. Thanks Joe DeLuca. We will never forget you.
Brian, Joyce, Debbie and Katie Zuilkowski, NER/SCCA. In memory of friends and heroes, especially Linda Gronlund and Joe DeLuca, we miss you ...
Jean Petryshyn. I knew Linda Gronlund and Joe DeLuca for over 20 years through car racing. I will miss them both.
Stan Rider. Linda, Joe, you're missed and will always be remembered.
R. Allen Olmstead. New England Region, Sports Car Club of America, F&C Worker: Thank you for your courage.
Diane. Joe & Linda, I miss you more than you know. Thank you for taking care of the rest of us.
Pego Mack. New England Region, SCCA. We will all miss Linda and Joe and always will remember what they did.
Chris Wenzel. P&R NER SCCA. We'll miss Linda Gronlund & Joe DeLuca at LRP. Thanks to everyone else onboard!

Marvin R. Woods 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Marvin Woods. He was killed in the Pentagon on September 11th. Marvin Roger Woods, the son of a sailor, enlisted in the Navy when he was in high school and went on to serve for 23 years. When he retired from the Navy in 1984, he took a six-week vacation, then reported back to his office at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station and continued in his job as director of communications, but as a civilian. He liked to hunt and fish and work in his woodshop behind the couple's southern Maryland home. Left behind was his wife and three kids. He was 58 years old. According to his wife, Betty, he loved his country and would want Americans to stand together against terrorism.

Ernest M. Willcher 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Ernest Willcher. He was killed at the Pentagon on September 11th. Left behond are his wife Shirley and two sons, Ben and Joel. I'm so sorry that you lost him. Some messages about him that I found:

Ernie worked for me in the Office of the Army General Counsel for about 15 years. He was a recognized expert in the field of civilian personnel law, and I, as well as the entire Office of the Secretary of the Army, relied upon him heavily. He was remarkably skilled, thorough, reliable, and unflappable no matter what the situation.

Even more noteworthy than his outstanding dedication and professional skills, however, were his qualities as a human being. He was a man of the highest personal integrity, thoroughly dedicated to his family, and warm and caring toward all. We miss him greatly. Posted by Darrell Peck on 2008-09-11

A special and caring person. Ernie made a solid and wonderful impression on me as I only met him for a class the first month we both joined Booz Allen in 2001. Ernie always smiled, was proud to have faithfully served his country for so long, and excited about a new career in Booz Allen. He always smiled. Only a few people will ever make an impression on others that endures after only a few days together. Ernie was one of them.
"Ernie represented the best of human nature," said Lloyd Howell, a Booz Allen vice president. "Ernie's intellect and his inquisitive mind were impressive. His ready smile drew us in."

At the time of their deaths Ernie was meeting with Army Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Maude to discuss a Web-based survivors benefits tool they were working on. At Thursday's service, Reginald Brown, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, said the Army just decided to implement the project. "This is eloquent testimony to the contributions these men have made," Brown said. "The work these men have done is visible across the Army.... They leave behind significant accomplishments."
September 11, 2007
Ernest is still remembered at Booz Allen. God bless your family.
Marjorie, Pennsylvania September 11, 2007
As a fellow Boozer of Booz Allen Hamilton, I light a candle for you today.
April Ramirez, Reston, Virginia Contact Me August 31, 2007
In remembrance....
P Tabbernor, Victoria, British Columbia May 24, 2006
I've only just found this guest book. I remember Ernie well through my dad, Stan Nissel. I hope your memories have given you comfort over the years. My thoughts are with you.
Susan Nissel Clamp, Norwich, England Contact Me September 17, 2003
Over two years later, we all still feel the effects of what happened to us. My heart goes out to you Joel, I have not forgotten about you or your family. I can only pray your pain has lessened, and that you embrace the memory of the past.
Catherine Manners, North Potomac, Maryland

Sandra White 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Sandra White. She was killed in the Pentagon on September 11th. She was a Civilian employee in the U.S. Army. Left behind are her husband Oscar and two sons, Oscar III and Jonathan. Her husband said he was drawn to "her sincerity, kindness, honesty. I had the feeling that I met someone as committed to family and values as I was, and I made up my mind that night I was going to marry her."
Sandra White, 44, was a civilian in the Army budget office, but her husband, a retired Army colonel, said she displayed the fortitude of a soldier. She supported him not only in his daily deeds, he said, but also in much larger ways, such as when she stayed home with their young sons in Virginia while he trained at Fort Hood, Tex., for two years. "I could not have had a better partner in my wife," he said. "God truly blessed us with 18 years."

September 07, 2004
Sandra was a beautiful person. She was a childhood friend who I had lost contact with for over 25 years, until running into her in the hallway of the Pentagon about a year before 9/11. As a child growing up in Hampton, VA, she was the type of person you would want your daughter to be; always the picture of grace and class. During our brief encounter at the Pentagon, we played catch up. I found myself amazed at how this little girl had matured into a beautiful woman, wife and mother. As we near the 3rd anniversary of this tragedy, I pray that God will continue to bless her family and her soul.
November 12, 2004
Sandra - I think about you often and recall our pleasant association in the days when we worked together at HECSA - Military Accounting in Alexandria. May God Bless you and keep you always - I will always consider myself very fortunate to have known you.
Richard Waters, Bangkok
Larry Turner, Stafford, Virginia

Sandra Taylor 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Sandy Taylor. She was a Civilian employee in the U.S. Army. From the number of memories I found she was much loved and very missed.
I worked with Sandy for two years at Pease AFB in New Hampshire. She is always in my thoughts, and her family is always in my prayers. God bless you all.
Posted by Jack Chapman on 2010-08-19

I remembered you this day, and sadness struck me, even though I didn't know you.... I feel so bad things had to end that way for you.... You will never be forgotten! To Sandra's family: I'm sooooooo sorry! :(
Posted by mayra on 2010-01-26

It is very hard to believe that it has been eight years. I am so sorry, Sandi. You have missed so much!
Posted by Debi Suanet on 2009-09-16

Seven years ago today you left us in the most horrible way. Still trying to understand it all. Life of course had to go on but I miss you every day, Sandi.
Posted by Debi on 2008-09-11

Another 9-11 has gone by, and I continue to miss you. You were beautiful, both inside and outside. I will always remember that before my surgeries (all the years we knew each other), I had difficulty walking to the front office. Being me, I would never ask for help. You would quietly pick up paperwork and bring it to me and have a little visit like it was a social call. Yet, I knew you had gone out of your way to do it and do it tactfully. I will never forget the smile on your face when you showed me the picture of your sun conure kissing Sam. Your love for your daughter and your conure were always something you shared with me when you visited. The years continue to pass but I will never forget you.
Posted by Helen Goff on 2007-09-14

Another year passes and my heart still breaks when I think of you, Sandi!
Posted by Debi Suanet on 2007-09-11

We are planning our 40th High School Reunion next year. I hope you'll look down on us while we raise a glass to you. We miss ya, kiddo.
Posted by Susan Pritchard on 2007-06-19

As another year passed by I still feel the lost of you, Sandi. Jennifer got married on Saturday and your were so missed. I wish we had spent more time together during our years of growing up! It wasn't until my trip to Washington that I realized that we were a lot alike! I love you, Sandi! Not a day goes by without me thinking of you! Posted by Debi Suanet on 2006-09-13

Gregg Harold Smallwood 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Gregg Smallwood. I am sorry, I could not find a picture online of him. He was killed in the Pentagon at age 44. Left behind was his wife Lisa and his three daughters; Wendy, Lynn and Valerie. Mr. Smallwood was a Chief Information Systems Technician in the Navy.

Some tributes that I found:
August 05, 2010
I was listening to a song on the way to work this morning, God Bless the USA and it made me think of Gregg and all the other service members as well as civilians that lost their lives that terrible day. I'm so proud to serve where so many brave men and women just like Gregg served before. I hope that if Gregg has found any time to watch me that he is proud of me in some capacity and I will always try to remember Gregg and work harder because of him. Hooyah Chief!
Petty Officer 2nd Class Albert Swanson, Visalia, California
July 30, 2009
Happy Birthday!!!
~ Doug Abraham, Livonia, Michigan June 18, 2009
I did not know Greg but, knew of him while working with his wife Lisa. My husband was also in the pentagon on 9/11. The next morning Lisa called me and asked if my husband was safe, when I told her yes, I asked about Greg and she said he had not come home...
I will never forget Lisa calling me during her own tragedy. What a gracious woman. Please know you have been in my thoughts often over these years and Greg always in my prayers.
Wally Grosz, Belleville, Illinois
Thinking about you and your family today, cousin.
Posted by Holly Million on 2009-09-11

Gerard (Jerry) P. Moran Jr. 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Jerry Moran. He was killed in the Penagon on September 11th, he was working there as an engineering contractor for the Navy, doing video teleconferencing, as he has for the last three years. He was 39 years old. Left behind was his wife of 18 years, Joyce A. Moran and two children, Shannon, 16, and Dane, 14. I read that both of his children were accomplished athletes whose teams their father has coached.
Family and friends describe Moran as a humorist and a humanitarian. When he was not coaching fast-pitch softball, baseball or power lifting, Moran's wife said, he could be found in the kitchen whipping up gourmet meals and experimenting with recipes from his many cookbooks. Some of his favorite ones are for coconut pork, chicken cordon bleu and prime rib. He also enjoys relaxing at home with his family and trout fishing with brother Kevin. Kevin Moran's daughter was in one of the World Trade Center towers when it was hit on Tuesday. She escaped before it collapsed.

Major Ronald D. Milam 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Major Ronald Milam. Major Milam was married with one child and had another baby on the way. He was married to Captain Jacqueline Milam and was 33 years old.
There is a very touching memorial to Major Milam on

Here are some other memories left for Major Milam, left by those who knew and loved him. Bless you Major Milam, you sound like the best of Americans.

I was stationed with Ronald in Germany. He was a lieutenant then, and I had a great time schooling him on the basketball court. This brother is truly missed, and we will never be the same. Brother, I know that you are doing well in God's arms. To the family, please accept my condolences and prayers. Take care, Brother. Posted by Mark Lovelace on 2008-04-09

On behalf of our Family, "The Nunleys". I would just like express our love for Ron. He was a nephew and cousin to all of us. We will always miss him. We all grew up as a very close and happy family. He always brought joy to each of us. This day 9/11 will always mark a sad day in our lives... but he will always be a joy in our hearts. I can truly say that on behalf our family we will always miss him.
Jackie, Myjoi and Ron, Jr. we love you and want to always keep you in touch and in our hearts. Love, The Nunleys Posted by CYNTHIA NUNLEY-LOVE on 2007-09-12
Ron, you are truely missed... thinking about you always..... We all miss you sooooooo much......Posted by Cousin Karliss Preyer on 2006-09-30

Ron was like a big brother in more ways than one. I grew up with him, staying at their house and looking up to him when I was younger. He is and will always be a HERO to me. Posted by Gregory Curl on 2006-09-11

Sharon Carver 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Sharon Carver. Sharon Carver, 38, had worked for several years as an Army civilian and was working toward a master's degree in accounting from Strayer University. Sharon S. Carver was only days back from an annual family vacation at Disney World and settling into her routine as an accountant for the Army when a hijacked plane crashed into her Pentagon office Tuesday morning."She went to Florida and had fun with the whole family," her nephew, Sean Carver said.
Carver cherished her family, her nephew said. She spent her final vacation with five of her siblings. She lived with a brother and a sister in her Waldorf home. And though she wasn't married and had no children, she treated her nieces and nephews as if they were her own."She was a good person who took care of her family and her nieces and nephews," Sean Carver said.

Its another year. I really miss my aunt Sharon. I will not never be the same person I was before she passed. My mind do not function and think the same about life no more.
~ Sean Carver, White Plains, Maryland August 31, 2010

Sharon god bless you
Posted by: nicole September 14, 2008 8:05 PM

September 08, 2008
My heart still hurts every time I think about Sharon. She was a very sweet person and just like family to me. The Carver family are very nice people and Sharon will always be loved and missed.
~ Princechell Davis Johnson, Camp Springs, Maryland

September 11, 2008
Sharon was a wonderful, and beautiful person, not to mention the warm spirit. Sharon & I graduated from Anacostia - Class of "82". She always had a smile on her face and a kind word for all. She will truly be missed.
~ Denise Crosby-Jordan, Mitchellville, Maryland

September 09, 2008
Miss you Sharon. You will never be forgotten.
~ Michael Richardson, Washington, District of Columbia

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Bernard Brown 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Bernard Brown. Bernard was only 11 years old and was on flight 77. I'm sorry to say that I had forgotten that there were kids on the planes. I cannot imagine the grief his family must feel every day - I am so sorry for the loss of your son. He did not deserve this. Here are some quotes from
I saw your Daddy on TV a few days ago and could see how much he misses you. What a good boy you are. I don't know you, but I feel the void you have left on this earth. God Bless You sweetheart.
September 11, 2007
I hope your family has found some comfort in the happiness of their warm memories of you. Our nation still grieves for you. I hope your teacher was able to shield you from fear on that plane. Rest in peace.
Just another sad American,
hi my name is meme and i go to north high in az... when i seen this little boy i new i had to say somethin... he reminds me of myself when i was little loving the game of basketball its a beautiful sure he would of been the best just like MJ.... he tuch my heart with his smile thx ....
meme lemell,
el mirage, Arizona
I watched an interview of Bernard Brown,Sr. I will never forget the words he spoke about his son. The grief touch me in a way that I have not experienced. I pray for your peace and inner strength. To lose such a wonderful light, is not an easy thing I know. God Bless You and Your Family.
T. Burthey,
Dumfries, Virginia

Jeffrey A. Hersch 9/11/01

I have the honor of giving tribute to Jeffrey A. Hersch. Jeffrey Hersch worked as an accountant at Cantor Fitzgerald, on the 101st floor of 1 World Trade Center. Jeffrey was a father and a husband. Below are some quotes that I was able to find about this fellow American:

Jeff was a gentleman among gentlemen and a mensch. He had a wonderful sense of humor that we loved.

In a few weeks your grandson will be born and will be named after you,Terrorists’ attacks can’t erase the tradition of Jews.We have no grave or marker for your resting place,And what we have left is remembering your smiling face.Rest in peace, dear Jeffrey, and know that an entire nation mourns you, And in tribute we continue to honor the red, white, and blue.

I worked with Jeff circa somewhere in the 1980's at JP Morgan when he was responsible for the Fixed Asset Accounting systems. He was always one of the easiest people to get along with. We had many laughs together.

In 2006 I paid tribute to Matt Grzymalski. You can find that tribute here:

Tara Creamer 9/11/01

I have the the honor of giving tribute to Tara Creamer. Tara was on flight 11. A quote by her husband explained what type of person she was: "She was just a kind and loving wife and mother. And she was everything to me and my children," John Creamer. Tara lived with her husband and their two young children in Boston. Tara was a planning manager for TJX Cos. Before leaving for a business trip she left this note for her still sleeping family early on September 11th, ''Goodbye Everyone, I love you and will miss you all very much! Love, Mommy. XOXO Kisses and Hugs.''
I have no doubt that Tara was much loved and is very missed.
Here are some quotes that I found from people that knew Tara:
September 11, 2008
I graduated high school with Tara. I feel so much sadness at your loss, especially now that I have children of my own.You are all in my thoughts, and I pray for you to have peace in your hearts.
Sally Quinn Pendleton,
Bedford, New Hampshire
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September 11, 2008
I still can't believe it... It feels like just yesterday... I hope your family is well. I often think of them and wonder how the kids are as nobody could ever replace you, you were such a great mom... We still miss you so much, Tara...
September 11, 2008
Thinking of you, your family, and a grieving nation everyday...but especially on this day. May God be with you always.
September 11, 2008
Seven years, and i still think of you and your family, especially Kellie.I know you are missed, greatly.
Merrimac, MA
September 11, 2008
My sister was your best friend and our family loved you dearly-we miss you every day and our love for you will never stop-love to you and your family always.
Elizabeth Notine,
Arundel, Maine

John D. Yamnicky Sr. 9/11/01

I have the honor of giving tribute to John D. Yamnicky Sr. John was on flight 77. What a tremendous American he was. Here is some information that I found out about him, along with some quotes from people that knew and loved him. John D. Yamnicky Sr., 71, a decorated Navy test pilot who survived combat missions in Korea and Vietnam. His wife, Janet, was working as a nurse at Jacksonville Naval Hospital when they met. They married in 1959 and had four children, three of whom still live in Southern Maryland.
"John spent most weekends on the tractor, mowing, dragging the fields, checking the fence lines. He loved his tractors--he had two--and really enjoyed taking care of the farm on weekends or evenings. He loved seeing the improvement and changes, something not always obvious in his work with the Navy and government. We have lived on, and improved, a 10-acre horse farm in Waldorf, Maryland, for 30 years. The picture, with him holding our first grandson on the tractor, includes what was important in his life: home and family and teaching the grandchildren." -- Jann Yamnicky, wife.
John was a Naval Aviator, a true professional. I met him in the fall of 1960 at the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, MD. John was in our U.S. Navy Test Pilot School class. It was Class 28. After working, studying and flying with John, I rated him as number one in all aspects of the job and from our first meeting I was impressed with him as a knowing, caring and considerate person... always with a smile and a bountiful sense of humor, the kind of gentleman you enjoy being with and having on your team. It was with particular enthusiasm that I joined up with him for our annual Tailhook Reunion and Symposiums and TPS class reunions in such places as Lexington Park, Maryland and San Diego. In fact, the last time I saw John was at Tailhook '01 in Sparks, Nevada. It was immediately before the infamous date now referred to as ... 9/11. John is aboard that great aircraft carrier in the heavens and waiting for us to come aboard.
*** Posted by N Lee Bausch on 2006-07-20 ***

John was a great man, a great father, grandfather, and friend. He was a pleasure to be around.

John was buried as a hero in Arlington cemetery. Please visit this link to view some pictures of John and to read a very touching tribute that was written by his daughter.

I remember Captain Yamnicky well. I was a member of VA-172 from June 1966 – Oct 1969. He was XO and later became CO of the squadron during that time. He was a great skipper and respected his men regardless of their rank. He was also well liked and respected by his men. My sincere thoughts and prayers go out to his family for their great loss. I have attached a picture of the CO taken at Ramstein AFB in 1969 when we were on detachment there for a base COC ceremony.
Terry Johnson,
Kansas City, Missouri
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July 31, 2009
While serving with VA-172 Bluebolts I got to know Captain Yamnicky when he was the XO. I remember him as a very kind officer and gentleman. I learned alot from him and the Navy. He was a very respected Skipper and well liked by his men, officers and enlisted. Skipper and the men serving with him became one of the best A4 Squardron during that time. Mt thoughts are with him and all. I frequently look through my cruise books which gives me great memories. I send my condolences out to the Skipper's family.
Edward Trudeau,
Ticonderoga, New York
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I stumbled upon this nice site by accident. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Captain Yamnicky personally, I did have the pleasure of working with his wonderful daughter, Jennifer. Now I realize that we have more in common. John served on the USS Ranger in the 60's - I served on the Ranger in the 80's. John served with VA-172, the Bluebolts, I served with VA-176, the Thunderbolts.After 9/11, I always knew that there was someone I had contact with who either died on that horrible day, or whose immediate family was affected by it. I spent many years at Andrews AFB and shared beers with people who worked daily in the Pentagon, but lived on base. I always worried that one of them died at the Pentagon that morning. Until today- I never knew Jennifer's Dad was taken. Now I know where she got the good qualities that make her a great person.My heartfelt condolences go out to Jennifer and her family! God Bless!!
Bill Keogh,
Richmond, Virginia
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June 08, 2009
Happy Birthday; Fair Winds & Following Seas!!!
Doug Abraham,
Livonia, Michigan
December 26, 2008
I had the unique honor to serve as John's Assistant Operations Officer in VA-146. We made a combat deployment together on USS RANGER in 1966. John was a great leader, a true warrior, and an American patriot. I was fortunate to spend a weekend with him at a Tailhook reunion some 10 years ago. I was devastated to hear of his loss. My heart goes out to the Yamnicky family. I will never forget John with his ready smile and friendly manner, rest in peace my Shipmate.
CDR Hugh Magee,
Lemon Grove, California

Ana Gloria Pocasangre de Barrera 9/11/01

I have the honor of giving tribute to Ana Gloria Pocasangre de Barrera. Ana was 49 years old and was from El Salvador. Ana was on flight 175.
I am sorry, I could only find a few links to info about Ana. Here is a link for info about Ana, below are some quotes from both strangers expressing their condolences and from people that knew her.

Ana Gloria Pocasangre de Barrera
September 02, 2009 September 02, 2009
Thank you all greetings po m GeiselBarrera pocasanre name is Ana Gloria's daughter much love in Christ Jesus my famiia and I are good knowing that my mother is in heaven beside God And one day we will be together
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Geisel Barrera, Geisel Barrera
orange county, California Orange County, California
April 29, 2009 April 29, 2009
Pues todas mis condolencias por que me aguito por lo que paso a las familias de latinos ANA GLORIA que dios te bendiga y dichosa tu que ya estas con Dios nuestro seƱor, siempre AMERICA te recordara por que fuiste una gran trabajadora y por sacar adelante a la familia... For all my condolences for Aguito me about that back to the families of Latino ANA GLORIA god bless you and your happy with that because these God our Lord AMERICA always reminded you that you were a great worker and to bring forward the family ... Mis mas sentido pesame a la familia Pocasangre-Barrera My deepest condolences to the family Pocasangre-Barrera Miguel Picazo Miguel Picazo
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Miguel Picazo, Miguel Picazo,
Houston, Texas Houston, Texas
April 17, 2009 April 17, 2009
Our hearts go out to you at this time and in the days ahead. Our hearts go out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
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Doug Abraham, Doug Abraham
Livonia, Michigan Livonia, Michigan
December 21, 2008 December 21, 2008
hola solo kiero darle un abrazo muy fuerte a la familia de gloria. hola solo kiero give him a big hug to the family of glory. k dios los vendiga. k dios los vendiga. yo so manuelpocasangre vivo en san francisco ca. manuelpocasangre so I live in san francisco ca. nieto de miguel angel pocasangre Michelangelo's grandson Pocasangre
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manuel pocasangre, manuel Pocasangre
san francisco, California san francisco, California
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September 11, 2008 September 11, 2008
Another year has come and my condolences to the family remain the same. Another year has come and my condolences to the family remain the same. May God grant you the comform and the serenety to be able to remain strong each year. May God grant you the COMFORM and the serenety to be able to remain strong each year. Blessing to all your family, Blessing to all your family, Sincerely, Sincerely, Violetta Gonzalez Violetta Gonzalez
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Violetta Gonzalez, Violetta Gonzalez,
Tinton Falls, New Jersey Tinton Falls, New Jersey

Alan Beaven 9/11/01

I have the honor of giving tribute to Alan Beaven. Alan was a passenger on flight 93. Alan enjoyed protecting the environment and considered suing polluters both a moral duty and an intellectual challenge. Alan died the day after his eighth wedding anniversary. Alan leaves behind a large and loving extended family, including John and Chris, his two sons by his first wife Liz, and the exquisite Dahlia Sonali, his 5-year old daughter by his second wife, Kimi Kaipaka.

Some quotes I found about Alan:

Dear Alan,I want to thank you for our conversation. You`re just as wonderful as everybody told me. I`m so glad you`re Sara`s guardian angel and I`ll promise you to always take good care of our little princess.

October 15, 2007
Happy Birthday!!!
Doug Abraham,
Livonia, Michigan

Alan interviewed me for King's College, London in 1979 with (Dame) Judith Mayhew. Thanks to his healthy interest in Rugby (he was a Kiwi after all) I had surprisingly little difficulty in getting in! He was a lovely man and we all miss him.
Jonathan McClure,
London, UK

It was a big gift to spend a week next to you, in spiritual discovery and discussion, before you moved on. It was a great pleasure to know you. You are a dedicated yogi. Thanks, John M.

I met Alan while conducting an investigation into the Yosemite National Park Merced River Spill. I was a State Engineer, but Alan made me want to go into water law. I will always remember him.
Jon Risinger,
Fresno, California

I was an attorney representing a defendant in one of Alan's environmental cases. When presented with the facts showing there was no basis for recovery, he dismissed the case instead of doing the usual shakedown for the costs of defending oneself. I remember him for his integrity. I admire him. We talked about sailing and I kidded him about being a kiwi and that NZ was sailing against Prada (Italy) in the Americas Cup. I often wonder if his gentle, peaceful disposition would have permitted him to charge the cockpit. No matter, he left a legacy of positively impacting people while he was alive, such as me. The rest would be frosting. I feel for his family.
Richard Driscoll
Auburn, California

I will always remember Alan as he was a good friend, a fellow meditator and devoted to God and his family. I know, without a doubt, that he was truly a hero in thwarting a worse disaster by helping his fellow passengers to overcome the hijackers. I've known Alan and Kim for several years in Oakland, CA, when I lived in the Ashram there. My thoughts and prayers to Alan's family on this day of remembering our heroes. Blessings.
Subhadhra (Gunn) Colston,
Oceanside, California

Kris Romeo Bishundat 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Kris Romeo Bishundat. Kris who would have turned 24 on September 14, was assigned in May to the communications division of the Chief of Naval Operations Center at the Pentagon. An information systems technician there, Bishundat had moved to newly renovated offices three weeks before the attacks. He had enlisted in the Navy six years to the day the terrorists struck. Reading about this great American and great human being it really makes me proud and sad. He had many friends - from what I could find online and he is greatly missed. I'm so sorry you lost your son, your brother, your boyfriend and your friend.
A message from his sister:
"Ever since I can remember, my brother always wanted a jeep. He found a picture of himself on his second birthday, posing with a jeep that had belonged to our great-grandfather in Guyana. I remember him showing it to my mom and dad and saying, 'See, I was destined to have a jeep.'
He got this jeep not long before September 11. It was the 60th anniversary edition of a Jeep Wrangler. He was just beaming. The jeep was his way of saying that you only live once.
After September 11, I got a phone call from an older lady who wanted to express her condolences to our family. She said she had met Romeo at a restaurant while they were both waiting for a table and he offered to take her for a ride in his jeep. Although they did not go for the ride, they sat at the bar, he bought them drinks and they spoke for hours. She thought it was the sweetest thing because they had never met before and she had thought that younger people did not want to talk to the elderly.
This story is indicative of Romeo's character and philosophy on life. Romeo loved the movie "Pay it Forward" -- the story of a young man who performs random acts of kindness for strangers. When Romeo drove through a toll both, he would pay the next person's toll. If he saw someone who looked lonely, he would talk to them."
-- Devita Bishundat, sister
He was an adventurous, fun-loving soul who was into surfing, golf and tennis, his mother said. "He loved life and lived every day to its fullest." Her son had a real sensitive side also, she said. His mother recalled how, in a conversation with him about an hour before the attack, he expressed how he was so touched that his sister, Danita, not only took the time to pack his lunch but also wrote a note telling him to enjoy it. He was so touched by it, he also told his girlfriend, Lisa Kenney, about the note in a phone call to her before the attack. "He was very sensitive," his mother said. "I couldn't have asked for a better son."
Another year man. It's been a crazy year man. I've ran into some people from the Shreveport on Facebook...Ran into an SK2 I know you would remember in Colombia so that was kind of bizarre! I miss you bro. I can only hope to run into you again in another life. May your family remain blessed with the memories you've provided them. Always thinking of you man.
KrisIT2(SW) Kris PoffUSS Shreveport (LPD-12)1997-2001
Kris Poff,
Miami, Florida
Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and our days on watch on the SHREVEPORT. I know you are at peace but I will never forget you and you are truly a hero to me. God bless you and your family!
HMCS(SW) Mark JudsonUSS SHREVEPORT (LPD-12)1999-2002
Mark Judson,
Great Lakes, Illinois
Hey Romeo,
As I sit off the coast of Pakistan on the USS Eisenhower, supporting missions in Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom serving a plateful of Waldorf,MD. Justice to the bad guys. You are in all my thoughts everytime we launch a loaded F/A-18 off the ship. So in closing brother, I hope your up there watching.
Garrett Powell,
Indian Ocean
September 11, 2008
Thinking of your wonderful smile and missing you!
Jenn Greene,
Annapolis, Maryland
September 14, 2007
Happy Birthday!!!
Doug Abraham,
Livonia, Michigan

Cmdr. Robert Allan Schlegel 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Cmdr. Robert Allan Schlegel. Commander Schlegel was in the Pentagon on 9/11/01. "He comes from a military family," said Schlegel, adding that she is proud of his accomplishments, including a recent promotion. "It was a big deal that he was selected for command."
Schlegel, who was born in Gray, Maine, graduated from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Va., where he was a French and journalism major. He also received a master's degree in international affairs. Before being posted to the Pentagon last September, Schlegel was executive officer of the USS Arthur W. Radford, a 9,000-ton destroyer. That assignment followed tours aboard the USS Scott and the USS Yarnell.
"He saved his boutonniere from our wedding day 14 years ago. My husband distinguished himself academically and professionally, but I feel his legacy is the way that he touched people and his relationships. The boutonniere is symbolic of not just our relationship, but the depth of his caring. He was a man of many dimensions, and this captures what he held closest to his heart." --Dr. Dawn Schlegel, wife
Happy Birthday, Fair Winds & Following Seas!!!
Doug Abraham,
Livonia, Michigan
Rob, There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about you - and your family's sacrifice. I hope your mom and Dawn got to attend the dedication of the memorial at the Pentagon. Certainly a fitting tribute... hope to visit it next time I get down to D.C. God bless you shipmate - and your family - you are sorely missed!
(former LCDR Gair) MacKenzie, Commander Schlegal reported to the USS Spartanburg County LST-1192 around the same time that I did. He was an Ensign then. I was enlisted. Most officers are business only with the enlisted but Mr. Schlegal was down to earth. I stood many watches with him in the pilot house. He was the best and most memorable officer that I served with. Just a really decent guy.
Mark Hamilton,
Lees Creek, Ohio

June 04, 2008
I served with Mr. Schlegel aboard the USS Spartanburg County. He was my Weapons Officer. Truly a man of integrity and honor. America lost a great man on this day. I wish I could serve again with him and undo what took so many lives. My heart go out to his family and friends.
Tim Samples,
Westminster, Maryland
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I went to college with Rob in VA. He had a dynamic spirit and presence. If he was in the room, you noticed him. Rob was wicked smart, wicked funny, and was wild about Ozzy Osbourne….young Ozzy; not the sad reality show character. He also LOVED his future wife Dawn; she was his high school sweetheart and girlfriend throughout Rob’s college experience. I remember one late-night bull session in the dorm when Rob told me the story of how they met. Dawn had moved to Gray Maine as a high school student. She and Rob became acquainted as both were in the band. She was beautiful and sent shockwaves through the halls of the school - every guy wanted to date her. I remember as if it were yesterday, Rob shaking his head as he related the story, looking me in the eye and saying, “she picked me….I still can’t believe it but she picked me.”
Tim Considine,
Olathe, Kansas
January 08, 2008
I served with Commander Schlegel on board USS Scott. I wasn't in his dept. but I attended several meetings in which he was in attendance. You could always count on him to whip up a quick one-liner that would make everyone laugh. His passing has made the tragic events of that day truly personal. He will be missed.
Todd Massey,
Birmingham, Alabama
My favorite that seems to completely describe what I have learned about Commander Schlegel:
September 11, 2006
Character, Courage, Honor and Integrity.
Barthe van Doorn,

Lt. Cmdr. Ronald James Vauk 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Lt. Cmdr. Ronald James Vauk. Lt. Cmdr. Vauk worked in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 as a Watch commander for the U.S. Navy.

Born in Nampa, Idaho, Vauk was a 1987 graduate of the Naval Academy, where he earned a degree in political science. He served on the submarines USS Glenard P. Lipscomb and the USS Oklahoma City, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander and receiving several medals and commendations. After about seven years of active duty, he entered the reserves and began working for Delex Corp. in Tyson's Corner, Virginia, where he was project manager for naval contracts.
A devoted family man, Commander Vauk also enjoyed woodworking and golf.

He is survived by his wife of 14 years, the former Jennifer Mooney, who is expecting a child in November, and their 3-year-old son, Liam; four brothers, Charles Vauk of Boise, Idaho, David Vauk of Nampa, Gary Vauk of Grapevine, Texas, and Dennis Vauk of Houston; and four sisters, Teri Masterson of Carson City, Nev., Celia Shikuma of Huntington Beach, Calif., Lynne Caba of Nampa and Patricia Vauk of Minneapolis.

"He listed his first goal to be the best father and husband he could be," DeBoy said. "Ron stood watch for the nation on September 11. Now he stands watch for all of us."
DeBoy said Vauk was a dedicated son. Every year he returned to Nampa to visit his parents, Hubert and Dorothy Vauk. He was talented, funny and a playful teaser.
A 1982 Nampa High School graduate, Vauk was the baby of the family who always won at Scrabble, DeBoy said.

Some quotes that I found:

Jennifer, Ed and I said a prayer together for you, Ron, and your lovely family. We still look at photo's from past Wardroom gatherings and smile at the wonderful times we had and to this day relive with big smiles and laughter. May God keep you safe and know your are in our thoughts. Love and hugs, Ed and Kathy Dempsey
Kathy Dempsey,
Leesburg, Virginia

Dear Jennifer,I'm one of the crazy crowd from St. Paul's in Nampa that grew up with Ron. We had a big group of friends in our high school years that really got us all through those times, group "dates" to dances, etc. In senior year, Ron and I were voted "most intelligent" together - though I personally think he should have also gotten a special award - "most mischievous!" I cherish his memory and smile every time I think of him - except knowing that he is gone. I hope that this anniversary of his death finds you strong and in the loving arms of your children. Bless you.
Stephanie Jocums,
Eugene, Oregon

To the Vauk family:I went to school with Ronnie clear back at St. Pauls Elementary. Yes, he is still Ronnie to me. He was certainly a special person who was very smart and had a wonderful sense of humor. I find myself going by St. Pauls and thinking of the days when we were kids and all the fun and tears we had together making it clear to the sixth grade.he was.
Patty Neavill, Ronnie was dearly loved by many who considered him a friend and it is very hard to forget how special he was.
Nampa, Idaho

Patricia J. Statz 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Patricia J. Statz. Patricia worked in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. After living in Germany for the past 17 years, Patricia Statz was thrilled to return to the U.S. and buy a house in Washington, D.C.A student of theater and music who sang at many weddings, the married mother of two worked at the Pentagon for the past 18 months."One time we were traveling in Europe, and we were standing outside an old Gothic church," said her mother, JoAnn Statz of Chippewa Falls, Wis. "She said, `I always wanted to sing in one of these Gothic churches.' So she wandered into the balcony and she sang `Ave Maria.' It was beautiful."
Pat and I became friends during our 18-month Master program in Bamberg Germany. We often carpooled to our night and weekend classes. She was always a bright shinny star to those around her. Our ideas and views often differed but I can't remember her ever saying a single negative thing about anyone. During one of our weekend class she thoughtfully threw a baby shower for my newborn son(he still has the beautiful blanket) This was typical of her. It was the many little things that she did with her time and talents that has enriched lives of people lucky enough to have known her.To Dave and the boys I grieve with you at the loss.
Drew Hunt,
Renton, Washington

Joseph John Pycior 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Joseph John Pycior. Joseph worked in the Petagon on September 11, 2001. The aviation warfare systems operator first class, just months away from his Navy retirement.

Mr. Pycior, 39, was looking forward to starting a new career as a middle school teacher, focusing on his favorite subject, history. The Civil War buff had completed correspondence courses at Thomas Edison State College in May and was supposed to collect his bachelor of arts degree in history during a ceremony in Trenton on Oct. 13.Instead, his wife and two sons, Joey III, 10, and Robbie, 8, came from their home in Landover, Md., and accepted the degree for him.From his youngest days, Mr. Pycior wanted to join the Navy, said his mother, Arlene Pycior.

He was in the Navy Brigade as a boy and entered the Navy Junior ROTC at East Rutherford's Becton Regional High School, where he met Terri.A week after graduating from high school, Mr. Pycior enlisted in the Navy. He served in the Persian Gulf twice, on P-3 airplanes and in the recruiting field in Philadelphia. He began working at the Pentagon in 1999."With any job he was given, he was very conscientious with his job," his mother said. "He was a good father, a good husband and a good son."Mr. Pycior also loved being Webelos den leader of his older son's Cub Scout pack and motivating the young boys, Terri Pycior said. "He was like the life of the party," she said.

During Labor Day weekend, the couple went to the Cherry Hill area and talked with real estate agents about houses. They wanted to settle down, get a dog. They promised the boys it would be their last move.Mr. Pycior was looking for a house with a basement. He was going to make a special room with no carpeting, where he and sons could build huge models, made of Legos.Along with his mother, his wife and his two sons, Mr. Pycior is survived by his father, Joseph J. Pycior. He was predeceased by a brother, Gregory.

We miss Joe and hope that our remembrance of him helps to honor his passing. Terri, we are thinking of you today.
Posted by Sherri and Heather Cook on 2007-09-11
Rest in peace, Joseph. We are all so proud of you.
Posted by Roberta on 2007-02-02 A day does not go by that I do not think about Joe. I know that his family misses him terribly and I pray for them daily. All those who ever met him are better persons for having known him. I wear his memorial bracelet and get asked about it often. His memory will always live on.
Posted by Glenn, Laine & Joe Justis on 2006-09-11

"The thing he was known for, especially at the end, was being the biggest Cub Scout there was. In the spring of 2001, Joe and our boys, Joey and Robbie, entered their handmade cars in Pack 970's pinewood derby. Joe won for Pack 970, and then he took second place for the Two Rivers District [in southern Prince George's County]. Robbie and I wore wolf neckerchiefs, but Joe and Joey wore Webelos neckerchiefs. You know, Webelos actually stands for something: We�ll be loyal scouts. It's appropriate." Terri Pycior, wife

Hi Joe,Even though we had not talked since high school, I often thought of you and how we used to all play together between seventh and eighth streets. Terry, I don't know if you remember me from high school but we were in the ROTC together and I remember when you started dating Joe. Joe and I were best buddies when we were little. I am very blessed to have known such a wonderful person. My condolences go out to you and the boys and to his mom. I cannot believe it has been five years already. May god bless and watch over you and the boys always.
Denise Kaounis-Murden,

Lt. Vernon Allan Richard 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Lt. Vernon Allan Richard. Vernon Richard, his wife, Dorothy, recalled, "loved anything that had to do with roller coasters." His daughter, Vernessa, a college student, recalled the same thing."When I'd come home for the summer, we'd go to Great Adventure," Vernessa Richard said, "and he'd look up at the roller coaster and go 'Wow! Let's go on that!' The excitement on his face!"

Lieutenant Richard, 53, was a 24-year veteran of the Fire Department. A member of Ladder Company 7 in Manhattan, he was to have been promoted to captain in November, an elevation that occurred posthumously. A weight lifter and jogger (he ran six New York City Marathons), he sang in the choir at the First Baptist Church in Spring Valley, N.Y., near his home in Nanuet. His voice , a deep baritone, was memorable. "When I played high school ball, and there were maybe 500 people in the stands, I'd hear nothing but his voice," said his son, Vernon II. "He'd be saying, 'Go to work, Vernon.'

Till this day I think about and miss my uncle... I miss his laughter and how he used to cut my sandwiches for lunch... till this day I cut my sandwiches just like my Uncle Vernon... He will always be missed but never forgotten and will always live in our hearts.. RIP Captain Vernon A Richard I... 9-10-09
*** Posted by Shabrina P on 2009-09-09 ***
Lt Vernon was my friend since we were teenagers, and I was deeply sad when I heard he lost his life on Sept 11. He will be missed deeply.
*** Posted by jackie jones on 2008-10-15 ***
On 9-11-08 I participated in a memorial stair climb in Denver Colorado and was given the name and picture of Lt. Vernon A. Richard. I didn't know Lt Richard, and I haven't even been to New York. I, like most Americans, watched the events of 9-11-01 on TV. I just wanted to take the time to honor Lt Richard and the other 342 firefighters that gave their lives on that day in an effort to save thousands of people. I also wanted to tell the family of Lt Richard how sorry I am for their loss and that the thoughts and prayers of my family are with them. I was honored to climb in his memory.Lt Steve KornegayWest Metro Fire RescueLakewood, Colorado
*** Posted by Steve Kornegay West Metro Fire Rescue on 2008-09-13 ***
Seven years after Sept 11, I still think about and miss my friend and brother in the Lord, Vernon.
*** Posted by Capt Carlos Vazquez, FDNY on 2008-08-26 ***
Captain Vernon Allen Richard was my uncle.Thie one thing that I remember about him the most was his smile. He was always happy. He loved his family and his friends. He was proud to be a firefighter!We miss him!
*** Posted by Debra Shareef on 2006-09-11 ***

Alan N. Palumbo 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Alan N. Palumbo. I was not able to find a picture for him for my post - sorry about that. Alan worked for Cantor Fitzgerald on September 11, 2001. A Curtis High School graduate and Army veteran, he spent most of his life in his native Rosebank before settling in Richmond a decade ago.
Mr. Palumbo lost his parents and a brother at a young age, but stayed close to his family through the years. He was especially fond of his niece, Allison Nicole Palumbo, whom her mother named after her Uncle Alan. In addition to his brother, Gary, surviving are his sister, Donna Palumbo, and another brother, Doug Hersch.
A broker at Cantor Fitzgerald, he never skimped on quality. "He lived a good life," said his brother, Gary Hersch. "He ate the best, drank the best and went top-shelf wherever he went. I don't think he had any regrets." Palumbo also stayed tight with a neighborhood group of childhood friends. "He was a character," said Mark Unrein, a friend. "He excelled in all the neighborhood games. Basketball, cards, stickball, pitching quarters."
m look at your picture as I write this. I wish I could tell everyone what a wonderful person you really were. You were such a tough guy on the outside but a real caring person deep down and I miss that part of you so much. Carly just talks about you every day. Her dad went on a plane ride and she just figured when he was up there that he could pick you up and bring you home to us, they overheard her tell her brother that. Its amazing the way a child's mind works. She misses you so much and so do I. I hope everyday that you are safe now and I joke all the time and say that God did not know what he was in for with you there, I figure you have everyone laughing with the way you joke around and that makes it that much easier for me. I will never ever forget you and the big heart that you always hid but I got you to show it. I miss you everyday.
Love Barbara
Staten Island, New York