Remembering 9/11

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  1. outhereincali

    outhereincali Well-Known Member
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    17 years ago today. Matter of fact it was on a Tuesday. I was still in San Antonio and I remember hearing the news at 8:45 in the morning. Funny how you can remember the exact time from something 17 years ago. And for the rest of the day, actually the next few days all the news was about the attack. What I remember is the eerie silence for the next few days. At home work all i felt was eerie silence. Almost 3000 people died that day more than Pearl Harbor. I know we honor our war dead and rightfully so. But I try to remember those that died on 9/11. And I remember those heroic fireman and policeman who were real heroes during that time.
     
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    I had flown home the night before and was sleeping when the phone rang. I was dating a girl and her father was one of the founders of Earl Campbell sausage-- Pat Poehl (he has sense passed). He told me to turn on the TV. I walked into the living room wearing only boxer shorts and turned on the TV. Only seconds after seeing what was happening and realizing what I was seeing, the second plane entered the screen. In that second, I had a million thoughts running at light speed through my head. My 1st was, "Now what kind of a$$hole would fly a plane that close after an accident like this?". Then in that millisecond, I got so super pissed..... almost immediately, I reversed course and this little red light went off in my head. It was almost like seeing a half a second into the future. I knew it was coming---- like watching a football fly right down the middle between the uprights..... you just KNOW it's going through.

    I don't know why I thought it, but I did. It still infuriates me to this day.
     
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  3. outhereincali

    outhereincali Well-Known Member
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    I remember

    I remember the first thing I thought was Osama Bin Laden.
     
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    It was a bad feeling, like when I was waiting for JFK to come into Austin from Dallas, all the kids was outa school and lined Congress hrs before he was due then we got the word that he was shot, then you say to yourself that ain't true he gonna be here in a hr and then you found out and everyones crying on Congress ave.



    Hook'em
    I was watching when the last one hit and the people jumping from the top



    Hook'em
     
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    Being a little off topic here, but, I hate sad stuff like this too clob, But, I gotta know, did you get free sauage?


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  6. freeper

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    It was my custom back then to go downstairs and turn on the news as I got ready for work. When I saw the news that the second tower had been hit, the anchors began to talk about this being a terror attack. I left for work and as I was driving in, I called my wife and told her that the country was under attack, to take care of our son and that I didn't know what time we would be released but I would update her. Naturally she was shocked and we mumbled "I love you's" to each other in a state of semi-disbelief. When I got to the station I walked into the squad bay and my partner was there. We went to the patrol briefing but there wasn't one. All patrol officers were told to hit the streets and to keep an eye on high traffic areas and schools, and that they would receive further assignment later.

    By that time, (about 0710 hrs on the Left Coast) our sergeant rounded us up. He was, and remains a great guy and a close friend and a renowned expert on cyber crime but I digress. He took us all upstairs to the gym where there were TVs on. All of them were tuned to news channels and there were several other cops in there. We stood there watching the news and our sergeant disappeared to see what was happening as far as police services. At about 0800, a grizzled lieutenant who had been a combat Marine in Vietnam and was now the Daywatch Commander came through the gym and ordered all detectives into uniform and to meet in the briefing room as soon as we were suited up. My partner and I hit the locker room and then headed back to the squad bay before briefing. The sarge was back there and he told us all that we were going to be posted at strategic targets in unmarked vehicles. He also told us that since he was Air National Guard, he expected he would be activated soon. (He was and did two tours in Afghanistan) Of all the luck, my partner and I were assigned to the station. So we sat in an unmarked unit across from the station, listening to the police radio, the secondary radio, and the news. We also talked a lot about what might happen next and the Civil War....(hey, we both loved history)....

    Anyways, eventually we were released from the station and told to conduct street patrols around the casinos looking for anything suspicious but really just to be ready for immediate area response. Of course by now it was late morning/early afternoon and the streets were empty. It was quiet like you get on Christmas....except this wasn't Christmas. There was no calls for service, everyone was glued to a TV set. This allowed the watch commander to direct dispatch to cancel all but priority 1 calls and assign patrol units to high visibility areas and cut us loose from the casinos. Then were sent to the airport where we spent hours patrolling the interior along with airport police. Finally the word came, all detective operations were cancelled with the exception of Robbery/Homicide and we would be going to twelve hour shifts until further notice to supplement patrol and to maintain watch over "strategic infrastructure". I called the wife and updated her on what was going on. To this day, I still remember the chaos and confusion of those first hours and days. Come December, my sergeant was on his way to Afghanistan, to be replaced by a thorough mediocrity. That really sucked.....fortunately, the good guy came back....
     
  7. clob94

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    Of course. And so did she.
     
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    That was the only time in my life I've turned the tv to HBO and the news was piped in instead of movies. It was on every channel.
     
  9. outhereincali

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    Hey it was in the headlines all over the world. In most countries it was all they talked about. Something that I didn't think about till later was how many people from other countries that died in the attack. I'm ashamed that I didn't think about that.

    About 3 weeks after the game we were playing TT in Austin. I remember that both bands played together I remember they played a lot of patriotic songs.

    Today there have been a lot of flags flying all over Sacramento. Most are flying at half staff.

    And although it took us ten years we finally got the sob.
     
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    Can you imagine if there were smart phones and social media back then?
     
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    I was 5 days back from a 6 month hitch in Kuwait & had barely been asleep for an hour, I was on night shift. My 1st Sergeant damn near kicked in my door yelling threatcon delta! Commanders call in 30!
    I realized life would suck pretty soon and I was right. 72hrs later we were nuts to butts in a c130 headed back to the sand box. Hell, I still had leftover dinar I couldn't spend in the states anyways.

    Never forget the other 9-11 either. 2012, Beghazi.
     
  12. clob94

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    What outfit in the big green?
     
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    Every year, I am always in awe of the incredible bravery of the firemen, law enforcement, the crew of United 93 and other citizens helping each other regardless of the dangers to their own lives.
     
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    I have some questions about 9/11.

    If the original conspirators were all from Saudi Arabia, why was there no investigation into the backgrounds of the 20 conspirators? I have seen the stuff about their religious backgrounds but not much else. SA has never owned up to any of this.

    If Osama Bin Laden was the mastermind and our mission was to get him, why are we still in Afghanistan and Iraq? And now Syria?
     
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    was on a plane flying home on terminal leave from the army. turned my phone on when i landed at DFW with about 100 text messages and 50 phone calls. got a call about 10 minutes after i landed that i had 24 hours to report to ft hood i was be extended and would be deployed immediately.
     
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    Big blue brotha. Combat Controller with 21st Special Tactics Squadron. First there!
     
  17. outhereincali

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    They said United 93 was on its way to the White House. It makes me shudder to think what would have happened if that indeed was their target.
     
  18. clob94

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    Damn dude---- not too long ago there was a Notre Dame guy on here that was 24th STS---- surprised you didn't chat him up.

    For anybody else that is reading this---- if you're ever lost int he woods or being chased by hadjis, Fresh is they guy that can find you. Plus, he has the additional talent of knowing how to put warheads on foreheads.
     
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    Ty for your Service Fresh!

    Hook'em
     
  20. GuaranteedFresh!

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    Right back at ya FBH! Your generation led the way.
     
  21. GuaranteedFresh!

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    No chit? I must have missed that convo.
     
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    When I saw the first plane strike, I thought it was an accident. Why would anyone strike that high? The terrorists could have killed maybe 10x as many people if they could have struck the bases of the towers. Then the second plane struck. Huh, not an accident.
     
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    OK fresh........ now you have to give us all a warhead on forehead story....... I know you've got a few.
     
  24. GuaranteedFresh!

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    I don't like to kiss and tell, unless I've been drinking with other vets. Whenever I write a book I'll send ya an autographed 1st run copy. ;)
     
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    "Whenever I write a book......" dude..... have you started?
     
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    He started the book the day he joined up!


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    No sir, all the pages are in my melon. Besides, there's so many more interesting biographies already out about the same conflicts. Hard to top Chris Kyle's story.
     
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    You can always tell'em to your grandson like I do! They will give ya a review like you'll never get anyway, I quit tellin anybody cause I heard this WW2 Navy guy at the VFW telling how he swam a mile underwater without a tank to put a Limpet mine on the Yamamoto in the Coral Sea, I figured that I could not top that one and at the Battle of the Bulge how he took on a Panzer by himelf with one shell left for his bazooa..lol,,telling him about getting drunk on Friday nights in Saigon didn't sound too dangerous..LOL!


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    I have no doubt that his book was entirely true, but when I read it I kept thinking to myself, this can't be true or least some of it is embellished, but I know that it is accurate. Just hard to believe for some number cruncher accountant like me.
     
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    Theres a lotta stuff I seen in the Army that never made the headlines...there's alway still time to enlist and get the full scope of the book...


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  31. ASURAM2010

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    I am thankful for guys like you and Fresh (and all the others) who have enlisted and sacrificed for guys like me who if forced to do it, might be able to, but are extremely thankful that isn't forced on us like it was is previous generations. I, personally, will be forever grateful for that.
     
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    I hang out with Marcus from time to time, met his brother a few times as well. We have several mutual friends from the teams. When those dudes all get together it's an eye opening experience. Don't get me wrong, I've seen some fubar, but these dudes are off the chain.
     

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