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Old 11 September 2017, 19:40
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Not much to say. RIP to all of ours, and rot in Hell to all theirs involved.
It's not something we've won, but we've certainly avenged to some extent, and hey listen motherfuckers, want to play? Think carefully, because sometimes we like to play, even if we don't we're good at it, and even if we can't win your stupid game, we'll grind you to a fucking pulp while swilling cheap beer and electing reality tv stars to our highest office.

And that's a win in its own right.

RIP to our fallen. I can't believe so many went that day.
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Old 11 September 2017, 21:21
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I was on my way to work when I turned the radio on, just after the Pentagon was hit. My first thought was "Someone's been reading too much Tom Clancy."

Grace and peace to those who have lost family, friends, brothers, and sisters, that day and since.
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Old 11 September 2017, 21:31
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I know better, but I've been watching the documentaries on History channel all night. It makes me want to go dig all my grungy old shit out of the shed, get kitted up and go kill some motherfuckers.
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Old 11 September 2017, 21:55
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Old 12 September 2017, 00:41
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Never forget. And prayers for all who made the sacrifice to serve justice.
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Old 12 September 2017, 00:56
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That morning my wife was flying into New York, from Israel. Was quite the gut check. She got diverted to Toronto and it took her a week to get home.

RIP, and condolences to those who lost loved ones.
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Old 12 September 2017, 01:24
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I was in Rhode Island with my civilian job during the 5th anniversary of 9/11, so I decided to rent a car and drive down to NYC. Never been before. At that time ground zero was still an open pit and I couldn't believe how huge it was.

Next to the memorial wall with all the pictures and flowers there were a bunch of demonstrators, carrying signs to the effect that this had all been an inside job, US government conspiracy, etc etc. I took that in for a minute and then walked over to one of the NYPD officers who were out in force that day and asked if he had a minute for a question.

I said, "Do you guys ever have problems with people, I don't know, just walking up and beating the shit out of those guys?" He looked over at the demonstrators for a second and said, "Nah, I wouldn't have a problem with it." I laughed and said "That's not what I meant." He said "I know."

I told that story yesterday for about the thousandth time and it occurred to me that for every one of the assholes carrying the signs, I've probably met 50 people since who've inspired me with their courage and dedication and sacrifice, both in and out of uniform.

Like many here, I came back in the military after 9/11. I changed specialties because I wanted the best possible chance to be a direct part of the fight. I went on every deployment I could get my hands on, and still don't feel I did enough. Many if not most of the memorable moments in my career and a lot of the defining moments in my life have been post 9/11. Almost all of that is directly related to the guys I served with.

I feel very fortunate to have spent the last 16 years working with people to whom "Send me" is more than a bumper sticker. That's an incredibly humbling thing. If there has been any upside to 9/11, for me, it's been that.

I will never forget. Forgiveness is not an option.

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Old 12 September 2017, 02:16
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It took a lot of our lives in different directions.....directions that we had not envisioned. So many things that happened.....so many friends gone.

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Old 12 September 2017, 03:00
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I remember seeing the towers on TV. It was something about 2PM Polish time, I got back home and turned on the TV only to see this.
We were all floored. The year was 2001, and the 90s with their aura of optimism still haven't fully ended. Some people still say that on 9/11 the post-Coldwar world lost its naive innocence of the 90s. Maybe. Nobody I knew thought that something of this magnitude could've been done. It was so raw and so huge in scale lots of people in Poland thought it must've been a mistake or an accident.
I also remember that my sister called me on this day and said: "There's going to be a war, you'll see. Whoever did this, they will pay, it's a declaration of war that has to be and will be answered". I remember thinking that such atrocity cannot be paid for and all will be all right again. Nothing will ever be all right.
Then in the subsequent days the reports came streaming in on Polish TV about casualties and it was too hard to watch.

I pray not only for the victims, but also Friefighters, Policemen and Soldiers who were there. Instead of running away they went in there to get people out or guide them away from WTC. I usually call them heroes, but I feel this word is too small for their sacrifice. May they all rest in peace.
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Old 12 September 2017, 03:42
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Old 12 September 2017, 08:29
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Old 12 September 2017, 09:13
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RIP again. And yeah, to reiterate, I still sometimes remember how surreal it all felt that morning listening to the reports come-in real-time over the radio. It really did feel like the start of an actual nuclear war. Not the edgy, everyone nervous sort of way, but a "it's happening right now as we speak" sort of in a numb and calm detached way. Radio turns off. Birds chirp. Diesel engines roar and idle off in the distance. The distinct sound of ammo cans being opened, lids jangling, the staccato scraping of belts being pulled out and slapped on feed trays. Positioned and re-positioned. Radio turns back on. "Shots fired on Capitol Hill......POTUS is no where to be found.......". Higher asking for SITREPS from other positions in-between squelch pops. Replies heard from the same squelch pops. Some clear. Some static-y. Some people sound normal. Some out of breath. Thinking to yourself -- I always knew that fat-fuck was a bitch and needed to PT more. More squelch pops. Man that fucking PRC119 is a piece of garbage. Jets can be heard, but not seen, screaming in and out of the scattered cloud cover from nearby McChord AFB. Or at least I hoped they were ours. Because who the fuck knew at that point.

After the sub that we were escorting filled up with sleepy sailors dragged from their beds in pajamas (yeah, they didn't even have uniforms on) and headed out to sea, we were left to sit there in pos for about 5 hours. Guarding nothing. Left in position by higher who had other concerns. LOL, funny thing is that I remember probably giving my first actual 'real order' of my life. "Yeah, let's re-position from in front of this gate to the [insert location of some sort of old cold war tunnel embedded into a nearby hillside]. If we get nuked I want to be in that tunnel with that V150 perpendicular to the entrance.". Like that would help or something. I dunno. Weird thoughts.

Oh well. 16 year old memories....
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Old 12 September 2017, 09:16
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Old 12 September 2017, 10:02
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The sobering part for me is that next year on 9/11 kids will be eligible to enlist that weren't born when it started. That's a long fucking time.
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Old 12 September 2017, 10:15
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The sobering part for me is that next year on 9/11 kids will be eligible to enlist that weren't born when it started. That's a long fucking time.
Wow. That puts things into perspective, doesn't it?
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Old 12 September 2017, 12:23
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I remember when things kicked off in Afghanistan, there were many of former 18 series trying to either get back on active duty or join SF Guard units that were being mobilized. We all wanted to get a "piece of the action". Cause it was all going to be over within a year. Sigh.
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Old 12 September 2017, 19:27
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I was already retired and to banged up to get back in. Was on my day off from work when a neighbor called and said to turn on the tv. The first plane had already hit one tower and I saw the second plane hit the other tower. I watched it almost all day and will always remember what I saw. It seems there are far to many people that don't remember much at all anymore and don't understand why some of us won't forget. I don't know if is true or not but I just received an email that the Gov of Alaska has renamed it "Commemoration Day" WTF if that is true! Most teens and young twenty's have little clue about 9/11. I think all kids in history class should see a 45min. highlight version to gain at least a little understanding of what happend that day.
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Old 12 September 2017, 19:50
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I think all kids in history class should see a 45min. highlight version to gain at least a little understanding of what happend that day.
I fear the day is coming when it has no impact on our youth--and that day may have come and gone.
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Old 12 September 2017, 19:55
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http://www.esquire.com/news-politics...man-tom-junod/

Might be one of the worst things Ive ever read. ^ Too long to link.
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Old 12 September 2017, 20:01
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Might be one of the worst things Ive ever read.
I concur. Truly sad story!
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