Truman Sailors Reflect on 9/11

Story Number: NNS110912-15Release Date: 9/12/2011 3:54:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Samantha Thorpe, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) attended the 9/11 remembrance ceremony hosted by Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) Sept. 12.

The ceremony commemorated the 10-year anniversary of the largest loss of life due to terrorist attacks on American soil.

Many Sailors were affected by this event, including Logistics Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Erin Bryant, assigned to Truman's security department.

Bryant was at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, N.Y., getting ready to leave the Military Entry Processing Station (MEPS) to go to boot camp.

"I remember chaos," said Bryant. "At 9 a.m., we were waiting to head to boot camp and an Army liaison asked us if we knew a plane had just hit the World Trade Center. By the time we got to a TV, we saw the first tower fall."

At the same time, Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Michael Dixon, also attached to the security department, was flying home after completing flight attendant training.

"When I got home, there were a lot of messages from my family wondering where I was," said Dixon. "My mom was worried to death that it was my flight."

Dixon, who continued as a flight attendant for four years, said 9/11 and resulting changes in U.S. security were factors in his choice to become a Sailor.

"I joined the Navy to give my friends and family the comfort of knowing that there are people out there working to bring back our security," said Dixon.

On Sept. 11, 2001, four commercial airlines were hijacked and flown into the World Trade Centers in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and a field in Johnstown, Pa.

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The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) departs Naval Station Norfolk for its new berth at Norfolk Naval Shipyard.
110325-N-6753Y-075 NORFOLK (March 25, 2011) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) departs Naval Station Norfolk for its new berth at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Harry S. Truman will begin a docked planned incremental availability to refurbish and conduct intensive maintenance on shipboard systems. The ship recently completed a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kristina Young/Released)
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