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Texas A&M University Marks Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks

Stephanie Cannon '06 September 12, 2011 8:10 AM

Photo of Freedom From Terrorism Memorial courtesy of The Battalion
Photo of Corps bagpiper by Becky Milford Jobling ’86

Photo of Red White & Blue Out by Jerry C. Cooper '63

September 11 marked the 10th anniversary of the most deadly terrorist attack the United States ever experienced. The nation was changed that day, and as Americans gather across the nation in different ways, The Association of Former Students wants to give Aggies a place where they can meet and remember as a family of their own here on

This page is a collection of current memorials, past stories and photos surrounding the attacks on September 11. You are invited to share any comments you have as we commit to memory those lost.

On-Campus Memorials

On Friday, thousands of flags were placed in front of the Sul Ross statue. You can read about that student-led event at

Early Sunday morning, members of the Corps of Cadets placed a wreath at the Freedom from Terrorism Memorial near the Quad. That was followed Sunday evening with the cadets holding a formation on the quad while “Echo Taps” was played in memory of those who died.

The Freedom From Terrorism Memorial was a gift to the university from the Class of 1968 and the Class of 2003. In a story in The Battalion, the memorial's designers talk about its significance and symbolism.

Also on Sunday, the Memorial Student Center Leadership Development & Service Programming Council honored fallen firefighters by helping the first responders in the local community. They took food and supplies to local firefighters to thank them for their service.

The Leadership Development & Service Programming Council then offered the campus community an opportunity to remember those who died in 9/11 attacks on Monday. During the day, the names of the fallen were read in the Academic Plaza and the students will pass out ribbons as a remembrance.

Roll Call
Three Aggies died when planes hit the towers of New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon: Lt. Col. Jerry Don Dickerson ’92, Jimmy Nevill Storey ’65 and Dr. Lee A. Adler ’84.

Twenty-four Aggies were killed during the War on Terror.
·         1st Lt. Jonathan Rozier ’01 was killed July 19, 2003, in Baghdad, Iraq.
·         Captain Ernesto M. Blanco ’98 was killed Dec. 28, 2003, in Qaryat Ash Shababi, Iraq.
·         1st Lt. Doyle M. Hufstedler III ’01 was killed March 31, 2004, in Fallujah, Iraq.
·         Captain Sean Patrick Sims ’94 was killed Nov. 13, 2004, in Fallujah, Iraq.
·         Captain Todd Tyler Christmas ’00 was killed Nov. 29, 2004, in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
·         Captain Lyle Gordon ’97 was killed Jan. 26, 2005, in Ar Rutbah, Iraq.
·         Sgt. William Meeuswen ’03 was killed Nov. 23, 2005, in Baghdad, Iraq.
·         Chief Warrant Officer Richard Salter ’85 was killed Dec. 26, 2005, in Iraq.
·         Major Matthew Worrell ’94 was killed May 14, 2006, in Yousifiyah, Iraq.
·         1st Lt. Ryan Sanders ’01 was killed June 5, 2006 in Baghdad, Iraq.
·         Captain Blake Russell ’98 was killed July 22, 2006, in Baghdad, Iraq.
·         Sgt. 1st Class Merideth Howard ’76 was killed Sept. 8, 2006, in Kabul, Afghanistan.
·         Lance Cpl Luke Yepsen ’08 was killed Dec. 14, 2006, in Al Anbar Province, Iraq.
·         Captain Sean Edward Lyerly ’98 was killed Jan. 20, 2007 in Iraq.
·         Specialist Daniel Gomez ’08 was killed July 18, 2007, in Iraq.
·         Private First Class William Edwards ’06 was killed Aug. 11, 2007, in Baghdad, Iraq.
·         2nd. Lt. Peter Burks ’03 was killed Nov. 14, 2007, in Baghdad, Iraq.
·         1st Lt. Jeremy Ray ’04 was killed Dec. 20, 2007, in Kanaan, Iraq.
·         Specialist Christopher West ’04 was killed Feb. 4, 2008, in Muqdadiyah, Iraq.
·         1st Lt. Matthew R. Vandegrift ’03 was killed April 21, 2008, in Basrah, Iraq.
·         1st Lt. Timothy W. Cunningham ’04 was killed April 23, 2008, in Golden Hills, Iraq.
·         2nd Lt. Zachary R. Cook ’08 died Jan. 12, 2009, in a training accident in College Station, Texas.
·         Lt. Col. Mark E Stratton ’91 was killed May 26, 2009, in Panjshir Province, Afghanistan.
·         Staff Sgt. Christopher N. Staats ’01 was killed Oct. 16, 2009, in Wardak Province, Afghanistan.

Past Coverage 
Texas Aggie magazine covered 9/11 in Jan. 2002 a few months after the September 2001 Red, White and Blue Out football game. You can read the following feature stories here: “These Aggies Experienced the 9/11 Tragedy,” “Her Biggest Story Happened Right in Front Of Her Eyes,” “Three Members of the Aggie Family Lost in Tragedy,” and “Standing United: September 22, 2001.”

An article about the rescue of Jerry Henson ’59 from the Pentagon was published in the September 2002 Texas Aggie magazine. It can be read here.

Andrew H. Card Jr., who was named acting dean of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service earlier this summer, served as President George W. Bush’s chief of staff from 2001 to 2006. It was Card’s duty to inform President Bush that the nation had been attacked by terrorists. In this video, Card relives portions of the fateful day that would go on to redefine the nation.

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