In their own words: John Dowd

The former offensive guard for the U.S. Naval Academy is a native of Staten Island, New York, and was 11 years old on 9/11.

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In their own words: James Flowers

Flowers was coach of the U.S. Military Academy softball team when the events of 9/11 occurred.

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In their own words: William Walker

The former vice director of athletics at the U.S. Air Force Academy is also a 1983 graduate of the academy.

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In their own words: Andy Berg

The current assistant men’s ice hockey coach at the U.S. Air Force Academy was a junior at the academy during 9/11.

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In their own words: Randee Farrell

Farrell was the senior captain of the U.S. Military Academy’s women’s soccer team in 2001.

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In their own words: Brian Stann

A former U.S. Naval Academy linebacker, Stann graduated in 2003 and went on to serve two tours in combat overseas. He received the Silver Star for his leadership in battle in Iraq.

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In their own words: Brian LoRusso

U.S. Military Academy graduate Brian LoRusso grew up on Long Island in New York and was barely a teenager on Sept. 11, 2001.

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In their own words: Scott Strasemeier

The U.S. Naval Academy’s senior associate athletics director for sports information is currently in his 26th year at the academy.

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In their own words: Ben Bertelson

The former baseball student-athlete and management major at the U.S. Air Force Academy was in his fifth-grade classroom in Midland, Texas, when the events of 9/11 occurred.

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