Skip to comments.Just got back from viewing "The Flight That Fought Back" (Disc. channel, 9/11, 9:00pm EDT)
Posted on 09/07/2005 7:45:33 PM PDT by chris_in_nj
There was a special viewing for family members of the victims of Flight 93 tonight....wanted to share this with the good folks from this site.
Well hopefully this will put to rest the garbage that all of the conspiracy theorists try to spew. I just saw the documentary and will try to be coherent and put some thoughts down. I'm pretty emotional now so please pardon any lack of logical order....its not a priortity.
But so many of you from this site have been so kind in your words for my father and my family that I just wanted to share this with you.....well here it is.
While my family did not directly take part in the interviews I think they did a great job telling the story from about 7-8 families' views due to phone calls...there were more calls than the 4 that you've probably heard of already - Beamer, Bingham, Burnett and Glick. My blood boils every time I hear the voices of the hijackers...and you'll get to hear them now. While the Zaccariaus Maoussoui case is still ongoing they cant let everything be heard but they do reveal some things.
When I heard the cockpit voice recorder tapes a few years ago in Princeton I very vividly remember hearing a woman flight attendant pleading for her life and it ending rather abruptly...it was truly horrifying and I could not sleep a wink that night thinking of that poor woman. They now believe it was Deborah Welsh...oh man, hearing it live was terrible. They don't play the tapes like we heard them but you get the idea and they narrate it a bit...awful.
Mickey Rothenberg was also believed to be the one who's throat was slit in first class to establish control and send the message to other passengers that their lives would be in danger if they fought back....this too was tough to see...just imagine what his family is feeling tonight.
Capt. Jason Dahl and Co-pilot Leroy Homer were also most likely killed by having their throats slit.....and people in this country want us to negotiate with these animals....wake up morons.
Bottom line...I highly recommend seeing this at 9pm on 9/11 on the Discovery Channel. It should be required viewing for every school age child from 6th grade up so they understand the dangerous world in which we live and WHY WE FIGHT.
I commend the Discovery Channel on a job well done and hope this helps echo the message....NEVER FORGET.
My father died in the first few minutes of this war. He loved this country and his body was slammed into the ground at 580 mph, shredded into pieces and incinerated in ignited jet fuel. Simply because he wanted to go for a hike in Yosemite park with his friends. Barbaric.
This Saturday there will be a walk in his honor - the 4th year this has been done. Last year we had over 600 people come out. All proceeds will be going to the memorial to be built in Shanksville, PA and the memorial in Atlantic Highlands for all of those killed who lived in Monmouth County, NJ. If anyone can make it it is at 10am at Battleground Park in Manalapan, NJ.
Would love to see some of you there - but I know I'm late in the game in putting this up. If you could find a few dollars to donate that would be appreciated as well. Not asking for much - but anything would help.
God Bless You All!!!
Chris Driscoll Proud son of Patrick Joseph Driscoll
Never Forget Never Forgive
Chris your father died a hero. He helped win the first American victory in this war.
God Bless You Chris
Thank you, Chris. I hadn't planned to watch this....now I definitely will.
Thanks and hang tough Chris
Words fail me...
Your dad is smiling down on you tonight.
Amen, chris. I am so very sorry for not only your loss, but for the WAY in which you lost him. Any American that seeks to protect those savages is unworthy of the title "American".
Never, ever forgotten, Chris. NEVER! And never diminished. Several of us took vows that day.
Bless you Chris and may you find peace.
Your Dad is a hero, now and forever.
Blessings to you. Thank you so much for sharing this. Your father was a hero and you have a special place in America's heart.
God bless you and your family
Chris, my heart broke as I read your post. Your father was a hero. Thank you. God bless you.
Best wishes to you and your family.
Marking this on my calendar. God bless you and your family, Chris!
I am glad the documentary is powerful...it should be.
Your father was one of the first to lose his life in this war on terror. God Bless him forever and all who met the end of their lives on that horrific day, as well as their families left behind.
Chris-your dad must be looking down at you, just bursting with pride. What a good son you are.
Never forget that.
And we will never forget that day. Ever.
To be broadcast on Discovery Channel, Sept 11 at 9:00/11:00 p.m./ Sept 12 at 1:00 a.m. (EST)
Chris, I never knew this about you. Thanks to your dad for sticking up for all of us. Good luck with the walk and thanks for the website address, I'll be looking you up there.
I also share the sentiment of sorrow over your loss, but I find it hard to think of the way your loss occurred in any way other than honorable. I couldn't be sorry for the way I lost a loved one if it were in as heroic a way as this... Shameful that it ended up having to be this way, but what a great sense of honor one must hold to have their Father die fighting for the freedom of all - for their son.
Truly awe inspiring!
Glad to hear that the documentary was a good representation and not some whitewash.
I've been to Shanksville with my husband, btw, and it is a heartbreaking, moving experience.
Chris, God Bless you and your family...sigh!
If there are any words to comfort you, to make things a little better, I can't provide them. The best I can do is hope that the love you obviously carry in your heart for your father stays with you until the time you can once again wrap your arms around him in Heaven.
The South Bay Wildlife Refuge here on Humboldt Bay was renamed after a passenger, Richard Guadagno. He was the director here at the time of his death.
Bless you and your family.
Your Father was a very fine man.
My heart is breaking for you after reading this. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I will be watching this, even though I already know how emotional I will get. Thank you.
Thank you for sharing your review of this 'must see' documentary!
May God continue to bless you and your family!
May the good Lord bless you and your family. I know that your father is proud of you, as we all are.
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Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us, Chris. You and your family are in my prayers. And I will remember 911 - always.
I've always thought that the story of that flight was the most inspiring of all I heard from that day. Those men and women exhibited the best traits of America: bravery, faith, gumption, intelligence and a refusal to give up or give in.
There is a lot of footage about Richard and of his family. He did not make a phone call but he sure as heck seemed like one of the folks who would've taken action.
I heard he would protect people as quickly as he protected the environment. I am glad he was on the flight.
Thanks for letting me know this - I'm thrilled the place was renamed after a hero who saved lives.
Thank you for the ping.
My condolences and prayers are with you. Thank you for the review.
I too will never forget 9/11/01, because of the horror of that day and also because I flew home from a vacation in Las Vegas on 9/10/01.
It is still a powerful memory of how ignorant I really was on the 10th about the dangers in the world.
You are brave and your father was brave. God bless you always.
Thank you very much for your post. I will remember it.
Yes, as others write here, God's blessing be on you, with you and the soul of your dear, departed and heroic father.
I am really glad to have found this thread because otherwise, I'd have missed seeing this tonight.
Thanks, and again, God bless you and the soul of your father.
I read it this way (paraphrasing)
Our 4th string cheerleaders (a random sample of average americans) defeated the very best that years of terrorist training and planning could come up with. The average americian can become very unaverage in an instant, as your father did. Prayers for you and your family.
Richard was a trained law enforcement officer and was a field warden prior to his being assigned here. I think he was from NJ?
I saw it advertised; will make a point of watching it. God bless you.
Pray for W and Our Freedom Fighters
"It is really amazing what the determination on the part of one man can do to many thousands." General George S. Patton
Thank you for letting us borrow your Father.
God Bless You...we'll be traveling this weekend, but will make it a point to make it to our hotel and will be watching.
As we, together, relive the horror, as well as the heroism ...it is my prayer that you will draw strength from the thankfulness and pride of a grateful nation as you watch through your tears.
Chris....God Bless you & all your family.
Your father will always be remembered as one of the Americans who first began the fight against terrorism on that horrific day.
When I first heard that a plane had gone down in a field in PA....I felt that some brave Americans had chosen to give their lives to prevent that plane from being used as a missle against other Americans.
It was a glimmer of hope and inspiration for all of us on that dark day.
Last Fall my husband and I made a pilgrimage to Shanksville, PA to pay our respects to those forty angels on Flight 93.
Seeing the 'memorial' created by ordinary people was a very moving experience we shall always carry in our hearts.
As I gazed out to that sacred ground where they entered the earth, I was moved to tears as I said 'thank you' to them.
God Bless You, Chris. I'll be watching this on Sunday and I'll never forget what happened on 9/11/01.