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Double D
09-11-2011, 10:49 AM
On this day of terror back in 2001, you will never forget where you were when it happened.

I was working in my office in Akron, Ohio and my co-worker heard it over the radio. We turned on the 10" B&W TV in the break room and stood there stunned for the next three hours. My boss allowed us to go home that day and we spent the rest of the day watching the news and I remember looking into the sky that afternoon and hearing nothing......

NEVER FORGET!!!

LETS ROLL!!!

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GOD BLESS AND THANKS TO OUR TROOPS, FIRE FIGHTERS AND POLICE!!

Mgboyd25
09-11-2011, 11:11 AM
Hell yeah double d. America!

Was in history class of all places. Thanks to all the service men and women, firefighters, and police men and women, you all are the true heros!

Footin
09-11-2011, 11:19 AM
I was in a production meeting at work and one of our Engineers came in and said "a plane just flew into the World Trade Center", I remember my first thought was "why did someone in a Cessna just hit that building"? Boy was I wrong.

psychobilly
09-11-2011, 11:26 AM
I’ll never forget where I was… Back then I had been in the oil patch for about 5 years then and I was werk’n for a pipe testing company. We tested the pipe that went into wells and one of our big clients was for the US Government as they have strategic oil reserves across the Gulf Coast. They are big wells in salt domes where they store crude oil.

Anyways, we were in the shop that morning when it all started happening and most everyone was up front watching it on TV but I didn’t want to see it, or believe it. I just wanted to go home and get my guns and kill’em all!

Well then the boss came out and told me to get the equipment ready to test 10 ¾” pipe and you’re taking Tait, (my cuz), and yawl are going to Big Hill. I said F*** off, he says no really, load it, you’re going to Big Hill. Big Hill is, you guessed it, one of the US Gov. strategic oil reserves in Winnie, TX. I said you’re full of S*** and he insisted so I went up front and axed the big boss. He confirmed my worse nightmare….

Here we were getting bombed by POS no good fer nut’n worthless sumsabit**es and there sending me and my cuz to a HUGE US oil reserve….. Not to mention it was my cousin’s first job with us…. Not to mention we would be sitting on top of, O say 20 to 40 million barrels of crude!

Well we loaded up and was at the gates by 1400 and they went over our truck and equipment with a fine toothed comb, even though they knew us…. I was worried as heck that day, I’ll tell ya….


Nope, won’t never ferget what I was doing….

2RLAKE
09-11-2011, 12:06 PM
i was in Boston, just coming out of a meeting ... we all crammed into a conference room and then the 2nd plane hit. I'll never forget that day

i went back to my hotel (north of Boston in Swampscott) ... everyone was walking on the streets and several churches had their doors wide open ... people just walked up and down the streets talking to everyone

my daughter was almost one and son was three ... i had to drive home the next day. One sight i'll never forget was a lone F15 fighter circling Logan airport. Also as i was driving home, there was a convoy of National Guard troops heading to NYC ... seems like there was 100s of them ... very surreal

God bless the families of the victims, especially the Police and Fire Fighters who perished trying to save others

blakehardesty
09-11-2011, 12:24 PM
I was getting ready for class in my dorm room at Indiana. My buddy from across the hall was from NYC and was frantic. Awful day.

psychobilly
09-11-2011, 01:55 PM
God bless the families of the victims, especially the Police and Fire Fighters who perished trying to save others


amen brother!

well said :toast:

jdl xstar
09-11-2011, 03:29 PM
Everytime I think about the magnitude of what took place and the enormous loss of innocent life, I get so angry and p'ed off that they pulled off that incredible attack. Hope bin laden is burning in hell. :mad:

I was between jobs at the time so I just went to my mom's place to watch the events with her and around 3pm, we got a call from my cousin's family in Chicago which we initially thought was a curtesy check in to let us know they were ok. But it was to tell us my cousin gave birth to her son. A true 9/11 baby.

_fng_
09-11-2011, 03:55 PM
I was in basic training at Ft Sill, OK. We were doing a land nav course when we were gathered for a formation and everyone was asked if anyone had family in NYC and if they did they were allowed to call. We knew something was up cause phone calls were almost nonexistent. We didn't get the whole story for a few more days for whatever reason.

I remember when I signed up I thought no way is anything going to happen in the next 2 years (length of active contract) and then this happened.

j.mccreight@hotmail.com
09-11-2011, 04:01 PM
I was on the flight line getting the aircraft ready for their sorties. Our Co came out at 0900 and told us that the WTC had been hit by a plane and to stack the hanger bay and secure the flight line. After extra watches were posted the flight line secured I was able to watch everything else unfold in the chief's mess until further orders were given. Naval Station Norfolk was in lockdown mode. During the next few days we started flying missions in support of homeland security and for the USS Kennedy which took up station outside New York.

CantRepeat
09-11-2011, 07:04 PM
DMZ, South Korea... probably the safest place in the world at that time.

CantRepeat
09-11-2011, 07:05 PM
Hope bin laden is burning in hell. :mad:



I'm with your brother... you know he's eating **** right now.

BallBushing
09-11-2011, 09:02 PM
I was in the air over Pennsylvania returning from a trip to CA. When I landed at Bradley in Hartford, CT it was very quiet. Didn't find out what had happened until I was in the airport limo to get my car. Someone with a cell phone got a call with the info and passed it along. Once at the parking location we told to just get in your car and go. Don't bother paying, just go.

Still have my boarding pass from that flight.

93Prostar190
09-11-2011, 09:11 PM
Watched the news with my wife .... headed to my business partners house and watched the events unfold ....never thought the towers would come come down ....

Supposed to fly to Hartford later that morning .... my brother was in the air on the way to Las Vegas ..... he landed in MO ... all the pilot said was "we are ok, but we are landing at interest of our safety, there is a national event taking place. Our national security has been compromised and the FAA has ordered us to land."

When he got to MO ...... he counted over 30 airplanes on the ground lined up.

I knew there was heroism going on in the world during those moments, but I really had no idea how much.

Thank you to every last one who serves to maintain our freedom and preserve our way of life.

bbymgr
09-11-2011, 09:28 PM
I was stationed at Manta Air Base in Ecuador. I didn't hear about the attack until 2 days later.

ssippiriverrat
09-11-2011, 11:02 PM
Dorm room in college...horrific...I had friends that lived very close...they turned out to be ok

Still leaves a pit in my stomach...f-ing religion


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Jetlag
09-12-2011, 01:05 AM
Working at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) seeing about 34 planes fly in and parking out on a field near our hangar.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2011/09/09/bc-video-911-yvr-memories.html

2RLAKE
09-12-2011, 07:28 AM
saw this picture yesterday ....

rjracin240
09-12-2011, 07:45 AM
Flying from US Coast Guard Air Station Miami out to the Keys in a HH-65 to do some hoisting practice, got out to Marathon and was told to RTB (return to base) without any further explanation. Called back to Miami on the radio concerned there was something wrong with our helo, told nothing wrong with Helo just to RTB. Got back to the base and that is when we were able to see what was happening. Then for the next several months we were flying patrols along the coast line and doing a lot of aerial escort's of maritime activity.

87MCProstar
09-12-2011, 08:04 AM
I was student teaching at the time, it was in between classes and someone mentioned a plane hit a building in NYC. I thought they were full of it, then listened to it on an old radio in the middle of the gymnasium in utter shock.

-V-
09-12-2011, 08:41 AM
Working on a Bradley in the 1/7 Cav Motorpool, Fort Hood Texas, then got locked down there for 72 hours while we were "waiting" for deployment orders that never came, 4th ID went first instead of 1st Cav.

Jabrew
09-12-2011, 09:10 AM
Fishing on Laguna Madre South Texas never knew a thing until we came in later that day.

Poulin
09-12-2011, 09:19 AM
I was at work, waiting on an arrest warrant. While waiting I was talking with a friend of mine (he was off duty) who works for NYPD. We concluded the call, as he was going to head into the city. It was a while before I heard back from him, but it sure was a nice call.

BWB-745-
09-12-2011, 10:36 AM
9th grade physics class, the teacher had the news on and we saw the second plane hit.

DemolitionMan
09-12-2011, 10:50 AM
Driving from the office to a job a friend called me and told me the news. My first thought was the rapture had taken place.

wakescene
09-12-2011, 01:36 PM
I was at a satellite office in Jersey City (clear view of Lower Manhattan). I had heard the reports on the radio of the first plane hitting but the second pane hit when I was walking into the office so I was unaware of this. Then had to start working. They had the news on in the office and after a short time I was glued. Granted this news channel was in Spanish, they were translating...but you could tell what was happening. After the first building collapsed, we all went outside (as did half of Jersey City), and just stared. We watched the second tower collapsed and I declared, "I'm going home"! It was the most somber ride home I have ever had.

plunk77
09-12-2011, 05:22 PM
ha i'm gonna make you all feel old, but i was in 5th grade when this happened. Walked into class early with some friends and the teacher had the tv on after the first plane hit. we watched for a little then the teacher ran up and shut the tv off and said "you're not allowed to watch this." They took everyone 4th grade and under out of the school and made an announcement to us left about what happened. Went home that day and never left the front of the tv watching. I live near Wright-Patterson Air Force base and they were scrambling jets out of there creating sonic booms (which i had never heard before- scared the crap out of me).

jstewart319
09-13-2011, 07:27 AM
I was in Hawaii, so I was asleep. I did receive a phone call while it was happening, I did not recognize the number and it was an out of state number. They did not leave a message and to this day I wonder if it was someone trying to reach their loved ones. Finally my wife called me, she worked shift work, woke me up and told me to turn on the TV. After that day I remember just how cut off an island can be without planes flying in and out.

chawk610
09-13-2011, 09:19 AM
I was at work... still in the shop fab at that time... we were listening to AM radio... we all just stopped sttod and listened. We did eventually go back to work however. Watching all the specials over the weekend got me bummed about it all over again. Made me wonder if it is some sick day of celebration in other countries???

Scottman
09-14-2011, 02:48 AM
11th grade electric class (vocational school). Heard it early on Howard Stern and turned the TV on, then we watched everything from the second plane on unfold live. It was also incredibly strange not hearing/seeing any airplanes since school was right next to an international airport.

I've always been a happy, driven person, but for the rest of that week I felt I guess depressed and very unmotivated...sure I wasn't alone. Haven't been that way since.

LYNRDSKYNRD
09-14-2011, 09:52 AM
Training some tracking dogs with a prison K-9 crew out in the boonies. Me and another officer were on a track the prison guys had laid for our dogs. When we finished the track they told us a plane had hit the WTC but we all figured it was a cessna or something similar. We headed back into the prison in our truck which had no radio. As soon as we arrived they jumped out of their truck and said its an attack! They hit it with another plane. Long hour and a half ride home after that with no radio, wondering what was going on.

DooSPX
09-15-2011, 09:34 AM
I was fishing at the time with a buddy who worked for the AF Bombing Range, we were allowed on a lake on the BR's property since he worked there (Air Traffic Control). As we were coming in about 9:30 a.m., the AF troops were scrambling with loaded weapons and a few jets were starting to fly in. When we asked a AF ground troop, he said, "America was attacked and you need to leave now" as he stood by us with M16 in hand. I will never, ever forget. Watching Fox News for the remembrance, they showed the celebration that was going on in Pakistan on 9/11/11. It angered me so much, I had to turn it off. :mad::mad:

BIGBADBLUE
09-15-2011, 10:14 AM
I was in Boulder, CO at a training class with people from all over the US. There were 3 ladies in the class that had either boyfriends or husbands that worked in the WTC. This made it real for me. It was a tough time.

I ended up driving hom to Nashville in a Lincoln Continental with a bunch of others from the class. It was strange on the expressway becuase everyone was in the same situation. The US was very "together" and of one mind on those days.

Never Forget!!!

JTNG
09-16-2011, 10:24 AM
Wife, 18 month old son, and I were at Trinity Lake, California. No phone, no TV, no Radio. Beautiful day, couldnt figure out why no plains in the sky?? Came off of lake about 4pm for dinner, passed a camp that told us that the US had been attacked! Went to local store and caught some news. Headed for home the next day.

east tx skier
09-16-2011, 10:42 AM
I was glued to the TV. My old friend, Billy Forney, was on the 85th Floor of the north tower. One of the people on his floor knew it had been a plane that had hit them and they were quick to begin their evacuation. His exit was delayed, however, because he and a friend helped a woman make the long descent down the stairs and she needed lots of assistance and time to rest. They never left her while in the building. Some time later, they had made their way to the sub floor/basement shopping area of the north tower when they heard a horrific sound. They dove for cover and were pelted by debris as the south tower collapsed nearby. They made their way through near pitch black conditions to an escalator and were able to get out and get away from the north tower before it collapsed.

Billy now works in Houston.

You can read the moment by moment account he wrote of his escape here (http://www.enron-mail.com/email/may-l/inbox/FW_Billy_Forney_Story.html).

Fast50dad
09-16-2011, 10:46 AM
This thread make me proud to be "made in America".

Double D
09-16-2011, 11:22 AM
I was glued to the TV. My old friend, Billy Forney, was on the 85th Floor of the north tower. One of the people on his floor knew it had been a plane that had hit them and they were quick to begin their evacuation. His exit was delayed, however, because he and a friend helped a woman make the long descent down the stairs and she needed lots of assistance and time to rest. They never left her while in the building. Some time later, they had made their way to the sub floor/basement shopping area of the north tower when they heard a horrific sound. They dove for cover and were pelted by debris as the south tower collapsed nearby. They made their way through near pitch black conditions to an escalator and were able to get out and get away from the north tower before it collapsed.

Billy now works in Houston.

You can read the moment by moment account he wrote of his escape here (http://www.enron-mail.com/email/may-l/inbox/FW_Billy_Forney_Story.html).

Eastie, Thanks for sharing Billy's story. Worth the read.

SWeaver
09-16-2011, 11:56 AM
I was driving west bound on the mass pike leaving Boston for CT. I had commuted to Boston the night before after finishing a 4day trip in Newark, NJ where my airline has a base. Directly across the river from the towers. Spent the evening with my GF (now wife). Driving toward home, listening to howard stern on 104.1. He broke the news, and i thought it was a cruel and stupid prank, so i changed the channel. I listened and hoped it wasn't any of my good friends piloting the aircraft that day.

That day still haunts me everyday I am at work. For us in the airline industry, it is literally inescapable and always will be.

GT500 MC
09-16-2011, 12:05 PM
On my way to Co. Springs for a meeting at the Broadmoor. If anyone knows the Broadmoor, it's a 5-star resort that also happens to sit at the base of NORAD, which controls/monitors (I believe) most of the military air defense. As everyone recalls, the first few hours after the planes hit no one truly knew what was going to happen next. We didn't know if we were at the safest place in the U.S. or the first place that was going to get hit next. We had a meeting room with a TV on one wall watching the news and a view of the NORAD mountain on the wall behind us. Seems like yesterday.

CoFooter
09-16-2011, 02:09 PM
I was living in Colorado Springs and my daughter had a late school start that day. I saw on the news the video of the plane that hit the first tower. At the time they said it was a small plane. And then, in the background, as they were reporting, the second plane flew into the other tower. Later on as we were all watching our monitors at work for the latest news, I got word that my Dad had passed away after a long illness. We had to get to California but all of the airports were closed, so we piled into the car and made the drive out there. I remember lots of rental cars out on the highways filled with people trying to get back to their families from wherever they were. Very sad day for me for many reasons.

gid
09-20-2011, 04:25 PM
I was home sick from work - had a birthday party that night too. 9-11 is my birthday

oldairboater
09-20-2011, 04:52 PM
I was fixing to walk out the door to go fishing. Watched the second plane hit the second tower. Said a short pray for those that died without knowing there would be others and went fishing. To put things in prospective---nine eleven was a tragedy but there have been other tragedy's before and since. I refuse to dwell or get angry over it besides these gestures like this post. I find a lot of things tragic and sad.

east tx skier
09-20-2011, 05:28 PM
Eastie, Thanks for sharing Billy's story. Worth the read.

Yeah, I agree. I have read it several times and still can't believe he made it out.

Double D
09-10-2012, 11:01 PM
Its time to remember again!! Never Forget!!

God Bless America!!

"Lets Roll!!!"

gweaver
09-10-2012, 11:39 PM
I was in NorCal. It was about the 3rd week of my first teaching job. School secretary was a NY girl. I think we all were in shock, really not sure what to do. Like many of you, we were given instructions to stay in place/stay inside, but with little explanation. Did start to get some information from parents calling the school/listening to the radio in the office. Didn't get much teaching done that day. I do remember the distinct absence of aircraft in the sky.
G

cbryan70
09-11-2012, 12:13 AM
I was just getting out of a current events class my soph tear in highschool i beleive. heard about it in the hallway after current events class. half my school left over 2k kids as there was a big fear chicago was going to be the next hit. watched the news in every class but math....old school teacher went on with what was scheduled.

cbryan70
09-11-2012, 12:19 AM
My uncle is a flight attendant and seems to have the worst lick...was in japan for the quack was in germany for the valcano and was i. the air for 9/11 his instructions were to sit in the cockpit with a fire axe and kill anyone who entered. sat there for a few hours and landed in canada. was there for about a week

D3skier
09-11-2012, 12:30 AM
I was just getting ready to head off to bed and caught this thread so had to read. Very interesting tales of that day and so surreal how well you can remember that day like it was yesterday. I just graduated college the month before and no job so was staying up late nights playing playstation. I was still sleeping and my friend called and told me to turn on the TV and what had happened and really couldn't believe any of what was going on. Called the wife to make sure she was safe and nothing was going on locally as we have a nuclear power plant very close to us. Pretty much stayed glued to the TV the rest of the day and thought there goes my IT career. It took 3 years before I finally landed my first help desk position. I was digging though my files as I knew I saved a bunch of pictures for remembrance and found these. If anyone finds these offensive please let me know and I will take them down.

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zsqure
09-11-2012, 07:10 AM
I was working in Elyria, Oh. installing electric and telco for a cellular co-locate up by the lake. The General we were working for had to leave to pick his kids up from school because they were shutting the Cleveland schools down. We were supposed to leave for Vegas the next day, that never happened.

onejdgreen
09-11-2012, 08:57 AM
I was in college. Had just gotten done with an early morning test and just got back to the truck after the 1st plane hit. Thought it was joke or something. Got back to the house and saw the second plane hit on TV. Later that afternoon my roommates and I went to Lowes and bought a couple flags, had them hanging out the truck windows driving through campus and town. It was a weird day. We saw the only 3 planes in the sky that afternoon fly over Iowa.

j.robinson389
09-11-2012, 09:27 AM
I was sitting in 7th grade, 3rd period Social Studies. I will never forget watching the TV in that room that day.

I live outside of Dayton, OH and that evening there was a large boom that shook the whole city, news stations were scrambling to report what it was, at about that same time I large black smoke cloud appeared over the west side of the city and rumors were swirling that Wright-Patterson Air Force Base had been attacked.

Turns out it was actually just a couple of fighter jets doing exercises and they were in the distant path of Air Force 1's flight path, the jets were told to get out of the way, they did, at faster than sonic speeds (hence the boom). Unrelated, was a large fire of old tires, (hence the large black smoke cloud). Looking back it was all very innocent and unrelated, but it was sure nerve racking at the time.

It really puts into perspective what NY City residents were thinking that day!

BrooksfamX2
09-11-2012, 09:30 AM
I was on a business trip to Minnesota (from Oregon). When we got to the office, we were told a plane just hit one of the towers. We went to their cafeteria to watch the news and saw the second hit.

I couldn’t get home because of the airport lock down. We had employees from Singapore here also. They had to stay an extra 2 weeks because they couldn't fly home. Some of my group rented a car and drove back to Oregon while I road a completely crammed packed Amtrak train full of stranded business folks...........

Jason.H.
09-11-2012, 09:59 AM
Was in 8th grade in social studies and watched it on tv. then went to math and had lunch period and watched it in silence in the cafeteria. Feels like it was just yesterday.

Jabrew
09-11-2012, 10:08 AM
I was fishing in South Padre TX never had a clue until we came in and sat down for lunch and wondered why everybody was stuck around the TV. Hard to imagine how peaceful our morning was while others were being attacked. God bless them that died and those that fought for justice and still do.

Covi
09-11-2012, 10:21 AM
Park City, Utah. I was getting ready for work watching the today show and they broke in with a plane had hit the WTC. I then watched live as the second one hit.
I was glued to the tv because I had a childhood buddy that was at work on the 87th floor of tower #2, second to get hit 1st to come down. He never made it out alive, and I think about it everyday! F U Bin laden, I mean it!!!

GoneBoatN
09-11-2012, 10:32 AM
I was in LA on business attending a conference. I had been doing a lot of flying for business travel and decided to just drive for a change even though it was a long trip. I was luckly enough to be able to drive home. I left immediately because I wanted to get home to the wife and kids. It was strange driving home as there were very few cars on the LA freeways.

Never forget for those that lost/gave their lives. Thanks to those that serve our country to keep it safe. Thanks for our freedom.

Sodar
09-11-2012, 10:54 AM
I was in LA on business attending a conference. I had been doing a lot of flying for business travel and decided to just drive for a change even though it was a long trip. I was luckly enough to be able to drive home. I left immediately because I wanted to get home to the wife and kids. It was strange driving home as there were very few cars on the LA freeways.

Never forget for those that lost/gave their lives. Thanks to those that serve our country to keep it safe. Thanks for our freedom.

This is the truth.

I was in my first month of college and working in the Port of Los Angeles for a ferry company. I remember waking up to go surfing that morning and my mom & dad were glued to the TV before they left for work. I went out surfing, came home, showered and left for my classes. After class, I had to work at 4pm. I loaded up and drove up to the ferry terminal, only to find out the US Coast Guard had completely shutdown the port. Nothing was to move. Nothing.

I can remember driving back from work at rush hour (5:00pm) and the freeways looking like it was 3:00am on a Sunday morning. I can still remember driving under the overpasses watching people hanging American flags and banners up.

Every generation gets that one event that will live with them forever. This was ours...

DooSPX
09-11-2012, 11:18 AM
I was glued to the tv because I had a childhood buddy that was at work on the 87th floor of tower #2, second to get hit 1st to come down. He never made it out alive, and I think about it everyday! F U Bin laden, I mean it!!!

So sorry to hear about your childhood friend :(
God Bless him and all who lost their lives!

I had a day off work, so I was fishing near a air force bombing range. While out on the lake, we saw jets flying fast and low over head. When we got back to the ramp, the base was packed with military personal. I asked what was going on, one said, "America has been attacked". I could not believe it, rushed home to turn on the news. Was glued the whole day.

JohnnyB
09-11-2012, 11:41 AM
In a meeting for a plant we were designing....about an hour after the 1st hit our cell phones started ringing because the 2nd tower was hit.

I remember thinking "great, another Timothy MCVey " which is ironic because when he bombed the federal building, I was sitting in the barber's chair at lunch thinking "terrorists aweful ballsy to do that on our soil"

Still roll the windows down and turn up Tobey Keith's Ugly American when it comes on.

Sent from my Milestone X2 using Tapatalk 2

JerryW
09-11-2012, 12:37 PM
Hope this link works - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18lsxFcDrjo. If not, go to Youtube and search by "BOATLIFT, An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience". Very moving video narrated by Tom Hanks.

bill-d-c
09-11-2012, 12:38 PM
I was on duty (Wichita Kansas Firefighter) when they struck. Myself and my crew were in silent disbelief watching the TV. I was a part of our Specialized Rescue Team (trench, fast water, high angle, confined space, building collapse), we organized 16 of us and went to New York. We were limited as to what we could do. They were calling for dog handling teams at that time and none of us were. I'll never forget going to the site through lower Manhattan. Everything covered in thick gray dust...I mean everything, and this was 5-6 blocks before we were at the site. The pile left from towers 1 and 2 were taller than the tallest high rise we have in Kansas. Every now and then I will get out pictures I took while I was there. It still has an impact on me to this day. I can't imagine what living that nightmare must have been like, if you were lucky enough to have lived.
Bill

mzimme
09-11-2012, 12:51 PM
I was sitting in a class in high school. During passing time someone said people flew airplanes into buildings in new york. We turned the TV on and basically were glued to it the rest of the day.

Double D
09-11-2012, 01:50 PM
I was on duty (Wichita Kansas Firefighter) when they struck. Myself and my crew were in silent disbelief watching the TV. I was a part of our Specialized Rescue Team (trench, fast water, high angle, confined space, building collapse), we organized 16 of us and went to New York. We were limited as to what we could do. They were calling for dog handling teams at that time and none of us were. I'll never forget going to the site through lower Manhattan. Everything covered in thick gray dust...I mean everything, and this was 5-6 blocks before we were at the site. The pile left from towers 1 and 2 were taller than the tallest high rise we have in Kansas. Every now and then I will get out pictures I took while I was there. It still has an impact on me to this day. I can't imagine what living that nightmare must have been like, if you were lucky enough to have lived.
Bill

Thanks for what you did that day and thanks for what you do every day!

jdl xstar
09-11-2013, 03:08 PM
Despite seeing virtually every 9/11 documentary, I can't resist not watching them all over when they replay them around anniversary time. The magnitude of the event is simply shocking. I get myself worked up at the notion we (US intelligence) couldn't put the pieces together at minimum to disrupt some of the operation. If you haven't read the 9/11 commission book, I recommend it.

Just amazing to reflect on how much the world has changed and what has taken place in the last 12 years. sad sad day...

I'm curious on how people explain this to their kids who might be coming to an age where they are beginning to understand what took place.

03 35th Anniversary
09-11-2013, 05:08 PM
It was my second day working for the company I currently work for now.

I was on a WalGreens DC project in Waxahachie, Tx.

Kweisner
09-11-2013, 06:05 PM
In Atlanta, visiting from Minneapolis on business. "Morning zoo" deejays announced the first strike, and I vividly remember saying out loud "what a tasteless bit this is", but then saw the coverage on TV.

As the morning went on it became obvious how serious things were and then of course, that all flights were grounded. I had 25 staff in town, setting up our annual convention for 1000 attendees to begin on the 12th. We cancelled the convention and then had to figure out how to get everyone home to Minneapolis. Spent the afternoon driving all over ATL scrounging up rental cars for the two-day drive home since we had no idea when flights would resume. As for me, I couldn't leave for another day as I had to unwind our production staging, etc. and finally made it home the night of the 14th. I recall driving by several airports on the way home and seeing all the planes parked and no movement was both eerie and somber.

Needless to say, getting back to our families was a relief but one that came with huge sadness and anger for those people that would never return.

Rockman
09-11-2013, 06:19 PM
I was in public accounting at the time doing some work at a client on the north side of Chicago. We were actually at the client at 6:30am that morning as our partner was coming out.

The Controller walked into the conference room we were in and mentioned what happened. It was the eariest feeling ever. We got thru the day watching bits and pieces on the TVs in the office. Left work that day not really knowing what to expect in the next few days...was there more to come or ???

My mom was actually on her way to Madison WI from Chicago and we were not able to get in contact with her until she arrived in Madison. When she heard the news, she broke down in tears.

Had a friend who's dad and buddies were iron workers and drove out there from Chicago that night to help with the recovery and cleanup. They said it was the worst smell you could ever imagine. Unbelievable to see, hear and smell.

In 2005, my wife and I went to NYC for New Years and went to visit Ground Zero...most uneasy feeling I have ever felt upon seeing it...so strange that after 5 years (then), it felt like it just happened.

Thoughts and prayers go out to all the people in the Towers, the planes in both PA and DC and to all the people who stopped and offered to help that day.

jsturvey
09-11-2013, 06:33 PM
In my truck en route to work, and one of my co-workers called me and told me about the first crash. I arrived the work shop and the same co-worker had a small B&W TV and we watched what coverage we could find, then tuned in on the local talk radio station. Needless to say, we went home early that day.

I also live near Randolph AFB, so on any normal day, there are planes constantly flying over. The silence in the air over the next few days made it all the more surreal.

JTNG
09-11-2013, 07:20 PM
At Trinity Lake California with my wife and son who was year and a half old. Sitting in our 1998 Maristar 210 VRS in the middle of the lake wondering why there was no air traffic? Had no Sattelite radio or FM. Walking back up to the camp after the day on the lake and walked by a hunting camp that had AM Radio and told us that the US had been attacked. We found the closest Bar with a TV and learned of the tragedy at about 3pm West Coast.

strad
09-11-2013, 08:05 PM
I was in San Fernando valley. My mom called me and asked if I had turned on the tv. I hadn't, but turned it on to smoke over NYC. Watched that for a few hours, then I had to drive to USC campus for a violin lesson (working on a masters at the time). Most surreal lesson I ever had. Was weird driving through downtown la.

Ryan
09-11-2013, 09:12 PM
I was driving to teach a 1st Aid & CPR class at a backup battery company in Fullerton CA. Still taught the class but took 15 breaks to go into the lunch room. It was a bit emotional to teach rescue skills that day.

DemolitionMan
09-11-2013, 09:41 PM
I was driving a truck with a broke radio when a friend called me and told me about the first plane. While we were on the phone the second plane hit, I was the last truck to be let into the plant before they locked it down.

jschildm
09-11-2013, 09:57 PM
Taking the I-STEP test .... we didn't have regular TV in the classrooms, and we weren't allowed to talk to people. A few had heard rumors of bombs, but it wasn't until after lunch that we hard what really happened. I didn't see any of the clips until I was home that night. It seems like forever ago, but I can still see it in my mind like it was yesterday, and get the same feeling every time i think about it.

CruisinGA
09-11-2013, 10:44 PM
I was a freshman in high school walking from one building to another when a student passing by told me... I had never heard of the World Trade Center.

CantRepeat
09-12-2013, 07:28 AM
On the DMZ, South Korea 1/506 IN and we figured the North might use this as an opportunity to attack the South.

Traxx822
09-12-2013, 09:11 AM
Senior in High School. I was in the principles office. He had his TV on and was yelling at me about something I did and then he goes "Holy F**** $#it" out of nowhere and about jumped over his desk to turn up the tv on the wall.

I then preceded to stay in the principles office for the rest of the day watching the news while the entire rest of the school was in any room with a TV.

Bells rang to change classes and no one moved. No one cared. School was over that day.

Then I went home to celebrate my sisters 4th birthday party. Poor girl.

Came in the living room and was upset asking us if we were going to sing happy birthday (we were all glued to the TV.) We had to shut the world off and have a birthday party.

heath124
09-12-2013, 09:16 AM
It's amazing how most of us probably can't remember what we did yesterday, but can tell word for word where we were at and what we were doing on 9/11. I'm an electrician and I was working on some lights at Burlington coat factory and the workers at the factory started talking about it and then a friend of mine called me and said 2 planes just hit the WTC. I went to the break room and watched it on tv for an hour or so. I also recall exactly what I was doing when the OKC bombing happened. That day was a little more freaky for me. I was working in a 2000amp switch gear at a big plant that makes valves for toilets and I went to put the cover back on and a screw went thru the feeder wires. The main tripped out and shut half the plant down. People were running around asking me if I had anything to do with the bombing. At that time I had no idea what they were talking about. They had been watching it on tv and when I did that. It sounded like a gunshot went off. They thought we were being bombed.

JohnE
09-12-2013, 12:10 PM
I know this thread is 2 years old now, but I was doing a walk through on a new condo with the buyers. And yes I remember it like it was yesterday.

captain planet
09-12-2013, 12:25 PM
I was at work and had called my Mother for something, I don't remember what. Then she told me they were flying planes into buildings in New York and something was going on. I laughed it off as if it were nothing. Nobody at our office had heard anything so I thought, I'll go out and listen to Howard Stern. If something like that is going on in NYC, he would know about.

I went out into my company truck and was glued to the radio. 'Crazy Cabbie' was on the phone with Howard describing what he was seeing from his rooftop of his apartment building. The enormity of it started to set into me...and then Cabbie watched as he was talking to Howard when the first tower fell. At that moment it hit me thinking about a building that size falling. I walked back into the office and our CAD person saw the look on my face and said what now. I told her the building had fallen. That news hadn't made the internet yet or the video feed...it was still standing on the video on her computer. A few seconds later it fell.

Yup, like it was yesterday. I remember I was out in the field the next day and the skies were strangely quiet. No streams from planes marking the sky, just clear blue skies.

It is amazing though what you will learn in 12 years.

rkhodges21
09-12-2013, 02:10 PM
I was in my HS freshman English class. My teacher went out of the room for a few minutes and then came back in with tears in her eyes. She told us about how she had just watched the 2nd tower come down, and I had no idea what she was talking about. I seriously thought that a plane had lost control and ran into a flight tower at an airport or something. It wasn't until my next block that I understood what was happening because the teacher had her TV on and that's basically all we did in all the classes the rest of the day was watch the news. Everyone was talking about who would have done such a thing. Kids calling it Pearl Harbor II and some speculating that the Chinese did it. You know how high school kids can come up with all sorts of crazy ideas.

It's so strange to me that it has been 12 years ago, and there is a younger generation that doesn't remember it at all. Many high school students today probably couldn't tell you what happened that day and how it forever changed this nation.

wakeX2wake
09-13-2013, 01:30 PM
Vividly remember this day: I was about a month into Freshman yr of college. I only had classes M/W/F and a part-time gig at Lowe's where I usually worked evenings. I was just waking up that Tuesday morning when I popped on the TV (b/c I had the luxury of "sleeping in" 4 times per week at this point) and the news coverage had just begun. It took me a min to get together what they were even reporting. My honest first thought was "holy $#!%. Somebody just screwed up!". I was glued to the TV through out the morning. I was watching live and aswering calls from my parents (who were both at work) updating them to what was happening/being reported across the channels and assuring them I was ok.

Assuredly, that day clearly changed my perception of a lot of things. The swell of nationalism and outpouring of good in the weeks after was something I'll never forget. It also helped show me how short memories can be. There have been many changes in the world as a result of that day. Some good, some bad. Makes one wonder where the likes of Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden were on that day. "Never forget" shouldn't be a tag line that gets thrown around.

bturner2
09-13-2013, 06:54 PM
Had just moved back to Michigan to be closer with our families. Was at Domino's Pizza HQ in Ann Arbor working on a server deployment. We got the word of the first hit and turned the network monitors on to the news. Within 15 minutes of the event we were told to go home for the day. Found out about the second hit after I got back to my house and watched the rest of the event unfold with my wife at home.

Bouyhead
09-13-2013, 10:16 PM
Was home as I was on a work sabbatical in 01' I remember a friend calling as he knew I had no cable. I set up the rabbit ears and was like W#F! My house is about 1 block from a major highway, I can still hear the State Troopers on their PA directing everyone off the highway west bound except first responders. Started to pack up my shotgun and all the ammo I could find to make a move upstate to the cabin. Moot point, all bridges and tunnels closed. Stayed home feeling a bit vulnerable. No planes in & out of JFK Airport every minute & a half, just the occasional fighter jet. For the next few weeks driving in NYC & Long Island was very civil. No road runners, everyone driving slow, very stoned faced and lots of Ol' Glory flying from cars. From what i heard the past anniversary at Ground Zero this year was the best yet, no BS politicians spewing their crap, just family,friends, and the concerned attending with the reading of the names of the deceased.

"All gave some and some gave all"

x30ccca
09-18-2013, 11:48 PM
I was a flight engineer on C-141B. Had left Puerto Rico 45 minutes prior to first impact. Flying to Argentina, Peru, Brazil. We were trying to contact ground stations via radio with no response. Had contact with a united airlines jet who also couldn't talk to anyone either. After about two hours we got on the hf radio and talked to a ham radio guy who filled us in. When we landed in Argentina the embassy DAO was freaking out because he already had two C-5s on the ground. we had a raven team ( Air Force Security Police Team) with us so they bedded down on the ramp and covered all three acft. The DAO threw us in a hotel with a cell phone told us not to go outside, watch CNN, and have everyone call home.

Aric'sX15
09-18-2013, 11:54 PM
i was in first grade.. on the playgrounds when we were all rushed in and assured it was an accident. i was terrified because a lot of parents came and got my classmates, but my parents didnt get me. (dad was at a nuke plant that was on lockdown and we only had one car at the time). i was young but i will always remember!

americanskierJim
09-19-2013, 12:11 AM
I was hanging iron at a new GM plant in Flint. I was 45 feet in the air along with my workmates. We where told to get down by are Forman. They shut down all building and ground work. It came to an Erie silence. Then over the radio we heard the first tower was hit then the second. I was so saddened by the loss of all of are fellow Americans. I will never forget that day.