Americans all over the country took time today to mark the 19th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Here at Onward Texas, we stopped to reflect on the meaning of freedom and the many Americans who lost their lives on that day 19 years ago. We recognize the sacrifices that so many families have made since then in the war on terror and hope soon our country will change direction, create good policies for the benefit of all and as a nation, we begin to heal.
Read on for information on Texas 9/11 victims and how our leaders honored today’s anniversary.
The following excerpt was taken from a 2002 Houston Chronicle article profiling the Texas connections of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Texas victims of 9/11
Published 5:30 am CDT, Wednesday, September 11, 2002
Four Texans were killed in the Sept. 11 attacks.
Daniel Martin Caballero, 21, of Houston
An electronics technician in the U.S. Navy, Caballero was assigned to the Pentagon. He was setting up a teleconference when disaster struck.
Impressed by Navy recruiters, Caballero signed up for a six-year stint after he graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in Fort Bend County in 1998.
Caballero, who trained in Chicago for a year, was finishing a two-year Pentagon tour of duty. He hoped to become a professional engineer after leaving the service.
Jimmy Nevill Storey, 58, of Katy
A senior vice president in the Houston office of Marsh & McLennan Cos., Storey was a frequent visitor to New York. He died while attending meetings at the World Trade Center, where he was last seen on the 99th floor.
Storey was born in Arkansas and moved to Texas at age 18, after his father died. He served in the Corps of Cadets and graduated from Texas A&M University in 1965. Before settling in Katy in the late 1970s, Storey worked for Aetna Insurancein Spokane, Wash.
Co-workers at Marsh & McLennan described him as “a voracious reader of mysteries, an avid history buff and a doting father and grandfather.”
Michael E. Tinley, 56, of Dallas
A newcomer to Texas, Tinley was from a prominent Iowa family. As vice president of construction for Marsh USA, an insurance brokerage unit of Marsh & McLennan, he was attending meetings at corporate offices on the 100th floor of the World Trade Center, where he visited almost weekly.
After earning an undergraduate degree from Creighton University in Lincoln, Neb., in the 1960s, Tinley moved to Southern California, where he worked in the insurance business for 30 years. He moved to Texas in 1999.
All the while, he maintained his strong family ties. A few days before his death, Tinley visited with his daughters in New York on Labor Day weekend. Less than an hour before his death, he visited by cell phone with his sister and nephew, who lived near the World Trade Center.
Lt. Col. Karen Wagner, 40, of Converse
A fourth-generation soldier with 17 years in the Army, Wagner was well-educated and highly trained and motivated. She died on the job as a personnel officer at the Pentagon in the Inspector General‘s Office of the U.S. Army Medical Command.
An athletic standout at Judson High School near San Antonio, Wagner graduated from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. She earned a master’s degree in health services administration from Webster University in St. Louis and was continuing her education as a graduate student at Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va.
Wagner posthumously was awarded the Legion of Merit, Purple Heart and Order of Military Medical Merit. She was buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.