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kmdawg17
Georgia Fan
Fort Worth, TX
Member since Sep 2015
307 posts

Where were you?
on that dreaded day in September of 2001?

I was TDY on a typhoon evacuation in Guam. We had to get all of the aircraft off of Okinawa and out of harm's way. Anyone who has been to Guam, down on Tumon Bay, it's beautiful...in more ways than one.

I was immersed in the normal TDY shenanigans with some friends at the bars down in Tumon when a couple of guys walked past us and said "somebody blew up the trade center in NY."

We didn't take them seriously, and the next group of folks told us it wasn't true, so the shenanigans continued. We moved from one bar to the next, and around 2 am we were met with an empty room and the employees of the bar staring at us...they said "don't you guys have to go back to your hotel?"

Through the alcohol induced fog, it started to get real. Our boss showed up a couple minutes later, rounded us up, and we all headed back to the hotel. When I got back to my room, I turned on the TV to see what was going on. I was floored.

It didn't matter how many shots and beers I had that night. I was sober. All I could think about was my daughter who was only 2 years old at the time. I instantly reached for the phone. Now, I cannot tell you what made me call a 2 year old during one of the most horrific terrorist attacks our country has ever seen, but I can tell you that just hearing her little voice broke my heart. I thought about the world she would grow up in and how at the instant that first plane hit the tower, the world was changed forever...and there was nothing I could do to change that for her.

I remember people staring at us over the next couple days like they were kind of just gauging our behavior or something. Trying to get a read on how hard it hit us or how we were affected. It was odd, to say the least.

But time moves on and we went back to Okinawa before eventually heading off on our deployment to support Operation Enduring Freedom.

Fast forward 18 years: I'm retired from the USAF, my daughter is 20, and America seems to have forgotten what happened that day.

I've lived overseas and I've traveled the world. If you don't know or have been led to believe that the world doesn't look up to us, you're sadly mistaken. In the USA, we stand for something. We're the last bastion of hope for the entire world. God bless America...my home sweet home!

I WILL NEVER FORGET
This post was edited on 9/11 at 7:25 am


RogerTheShrubber
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Member since Jan 2009
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re: Where were you?
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, and America seems to have forgotten what happened that day.


It hasn't, it's just been hijacked by the "first responder" propagandists.


Dawgfanman
Member since Jun 2015
7074 posts

re: Where were you?
Staff meeting, only room with a TV in the office, people started showing up at the door we left open to the conference room and looking in. After the 3rd person we asked what was going on and they said they needed the TV. Turned it on and saw second plane hit shortly after live. Didn’t work a moment for rest of the day.


RCDfan1950
LSU Fan
United States
Member since Feb 2007
23671 posts

re: Where were you?
Right here; I work at my home. Shut me down for weeks. Couldn't concentrate enough to do my job.

Prayers for all involved. Especially those who had to jump. Will never get over that. Many won't.


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bamarep
Alabama Fan
Monkey Town
Member since Nov 2013
43759 posts

re: Where were you?
In a hospital waiting room watching it unfold live.

Damn that was a fricked up day.


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Indefatigable
Member since Jan 2019
1128 posts

re: Where were you?
4th grade classroom, and the school didn’t let us watch the news. I didn’t learn what had happened until I got home that afternoon.


SCLibertarian
South Carolina Fan
Conway, South Carolina
Member since Aug 2013
15841 posts

re: Where were you?
In 11th grade when it happened. We watched the television the whole day.


Tesla
USA Fan
the Laurentian Abyss
Member since Dec 2011
3922 posts

re: Where were you?
FAAs ATC Strategic Command Center in Warrenton, VA. I was working for Delta and had flown into Dulles that morning for a slot-swapping working session with the FAA. They kicked us out and I drove my rental car all the way back to Atlanta via the back roads, listening to AM radio. By the time I got back to the OCC, Atlanta was silent...eerie.

Something most don’t know is that all of the US carriers’ VPs of Ops were in Washington or Toronto that day for ATA or IATA meetings. All of them had to drive back. I had to go to K street to pick up mine but they wouldn’t let us in. Surreal to this day.


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VoxDawg
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Kennesaw, GA
Member since Sep 2012
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re: Where were you?
Working in a past life as an electrician. We were building mid-rise office building in Alpharetta GA, , and someone had a radio on when the news of the first plane hit. We had a 9am break, so we all stood around this one old guy's 3" black & white portable TV. When the 2nd plane hit, we knew immediately that it was deliberate.

We broke for the day, and the first tower fell as I was listening to 99X's Morning X crew describe what was happening.

For the trades who stayed behind at the jobsite, the GBI rolled up and evacuated the building, as we were doing the new HQ for Colonial Pipeline, and wanted to take every precaution.


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RogerTheShrubber
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re: Where were you?
I was a handler for a sled dog team in Big Lake, AK and working in Anchorage as well.

I lived in a cabin about 8x10 with no running water or TV. Someone drove up and woke my S/O and myself up and told us to come to the main house because the twin towers had been bombed.

It was shocking, absolutely incredible. After all this cold war crap we suffered through, now we had a new problem.

Downtown Anchorage was closed off to incoming traffic because of KAL flight 85 So I stayed home that day.


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Ace Midnight
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Between sanity and madness
Member since Dec 2006
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re: Where were you?
In a 1997 green Ford Taurus, on Interstate 10 heading West out of Kenner, Louisiana, listening to the Walton and Johnson radio show. If I concentrate hard enough, I can almost remember how the air smelled and the engine sounded.


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BestBanker
New Orleans Saints Fan
Around here.
Member since Nov 2011
11063 posts

re: Where were you?
Nothing special here. I was driving to the office. When I got there I turned on the tv. I met with a client and are watched it together.

Do you remember the 4 days after when the skies were quiet? It was eerily very peaceful. I had a flight first thing on the 16th. Weird going and coming.


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Wednesday
LSU Fan
Member since Aug 2017
3329 posts

re: Where were you?
I was on my way to work and I had to stop at the dry cleaners. While I was in the car on the way, I was listening to Walton and Johnson.

I got back into the car after dropping off the cleaning and they were talking in their regular voices.

By the time I got to my office we were crowded around a television set that was on one of those old school stands that you roll around. I remember my boss saying: “This had to be an attack. An American Pilot would have never flown those planes into those buildings.”

That was before we even realized about “let’s roll.” Interesting that I saw a picture of Todd Beamer from Flight 93 floating around on Facebook this morning (who famously said those words). My first thought was: “‘my God he looks so young.” I think he was just a little older than me. To think I outlived him. We were all so young then.

God Bless America y’all. For all our differences, we really still are that shining city on a hill. This country is worth fighting for and this hill is worth dying on; but all those 3000 people didn’t have to die that day, nor did they deserve to.

Our fellow Americans deserve to never be forgotten. They didn’t die in vain.



fjlee90
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Nov 2016
2292 posts

re: Where were you?
In my living room waiting for school to start. Middle schools in Texas start considerably later than most around the nation. Watched the second one hit live. School bus didn’t even show up that day.



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PsychTiger
LSU Fan
Charleston
Member since Jul 2004
65668 posts

re: Where were you?
On the LSU campus working with my major professor to move furniture into what was supposed to become some new office space for the Psychological Services Center, though it eventually didn’t.


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TrueTiger
LSU Fan
Chicken's most valuable
Member since Sep 2004
37400 posts

re: Where were you?
At work in a skyscraper in Houston.

We had multiple flat screen TVs all over the place so we saw replay of the first hit but saw the second one live.



JPinLondon
LSU Fan
not in London
Member since Nov 2006
4766 posts

re: Where were you?
I had just finished a telecon at the Johnson Space Center with my Japanese counterparts for Struc & Mech on the ISS. I was the lead, my colleague Lisa and I were the only ones around at the start of the meeting. I couldn't sleep much the night before, so I had gone in around 4am for a 6am telecon. I recall seeing the sun rise, and actually signing off with Japan by thanking them for sending us such a lovely day.

As we left the room there was a blurb on the corridor TV that a plane had hit the WTC. I glanced and thought a bit about it, but not too much.

Maybe 15 minutes later, Lisa came running into my desk said that a second plane had hit. I was in utter disbelief at that moment because of the obvious implication of that statement. Walked to the TV and looked closely, and my life has never really been the same since.

In a section meeting a half-hour later, at a federal government installation in 2001, there were 7-10 of us (some federal employees too) kneeling on the ground desperately praying for the hand of God to swoop in and save the poor trapped people in the WTC.


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EastBankTiger
LSU Fan
A little west of Hoover Dam
Member since Dec 2003
16228 posts

re: Where were you?
I was working at the Metry Main Post Office. We were on break in the TV room when the first bulletins started coming across. We were supposed to be concentrating on working but it became harder and harder to do as the gravity of things became more obvious. Eventually, I got on my route and made my rounds but I was constantly stopping and talking to customers to find out the latest information. Strangely, what I remember most of that day was constantly checking the sky and trying to get used to not seeing any planes in the air.

That day and the Saturday before Katrina hit (watching most of my customers either already having left or bailing out to join the masses on I 10) were easily the 2 most surreal days in my 30 years on the job.


Possumslayer
Tennessee Fan
Member since Jan 2018
2042 posts

re: Where were you?
Oxford Alabama


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JPinLondon
LSU Fan
not in London
Member since Nov 2006
4766 posts

re: Where were you?
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TVs all over the place so we saw replay of the first hit but saw the second one live
I don't want to start a screaming match or anything, but on that day there was no footage of the first strike available. There were no "replays of the first hit" shown.

Film footage was taken by a French (I think) crew working a documentary with FDNY a few blocks away. But released MANY weeks after Sept. 11.


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