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Thank you, the family of Joshua Woody!
My name is Travis Wyatt I am survivor of Khobar Towers. I was with josh and Joe ”Dinky” Rimkus about 30-45 minutes before it happened. I have never got over the pain and guilt I feel for not having stayed with them that night when we got back from downtown. It wasn’t normal for me to leave that early. Most of the time we would sit in their room and play spades and smoke the hookah we bought downtown till 2 or 3 o clock in the morning. I am sorry about my grammar, but this is just pouring out of me. I have had friends, some good some bad, but I don’t believe I will ever in my lifetime have friends like them again. I have often wondered how life would have been for them if the shoe was on the other foot. I would have liked to see Josh and Dawn be able to have built a life together and there isn’t no telling what Dinky would be. Maybe a barber or a contractor. I remember him and Josh telling me about them putting a new roof on Dinky's mom and dad's house. There have been times I have wished I could have traded places with them because life has not been a bed of roses for me. The hardest thing I have ever done is when I finally got to go to Eglin AFB when they had the memorial for the airmen that lost their lives. I got to meet Josh and Dinky's families. I wish there was something I could have said to their mothers to have comforted them in some way. I look back on my life and think of all the good times I have had and the bad times I have had and the time I spent with them was by far the best time of my life. They turned what would have been a 3 month rotation in hell to something that was bearable. I first met them at Sheppard AFB and I kind of lost track of them till I was headed to breakfast with my # 3 man the first day in Saudi. They were leaving the chow hall and we spent dam near every minute together after that. I wish there was a way I could turn back the hands of time and knowing what I know now, I would have tried to have kept them away from that building. I don’t know what made me go to my building so early that night because it wasn’t the normal routine. I ran across this page by looking up to see if there was any new information on the bombing. It is a wonderful tribute to my heroes and the other 17 lives lost. I hate that we still have forces in that region. I don’t understand the thinking of that religion. We were trying to keep them safe from Saddam. What we should have done Is level the whole middle east and build the biggest Wal-Mart store in the world. I feel it is a waste of resources and American lives. They will never have peace there. I would like to talk with Josh's or Dinky's mom anytime.
Bakersfield, CA - Mon 1/8/2007 4:56 PM
Veteran's Day 2007
I didn't know Joshua personally. I only heard of him through the love and admiration of his loving sister Jonica. I organized a veterans day dedication 2007 between our church and several organizations. Although no one was physically there to honor Joshua, please allow me to honor him at this moment with a moment of silence from my heart. GOD BLESS you all. Please tell Jonica I said hello and she may contact me here, or at email@example.com Yours in Christ, Kevin
Kevin Shelton [firstname.lastname@example.org], eRev, Webminister
Former Warrant Officer, B 246, US Army Reserve
Tue 11/28/2006 9:39 AM
Well it has taken 10 years for me to look at this memorial about Josh. He was my best friend from the day that I met him in 1989 and still is my best friend. I had a boy in 2001 and named him after my best friend.
Josh if your there, I really miss you. I am now 30yrs old and will be 31 in Dec. Josh was a year older than me. We did a lot together and I wish that I could still talk to him.
George, thanks for everything on this site. Bernie, I miss you too. With all my love to all men and women who fight to keep us free
BEN DENNIS [email@example.com]
Fri 10/27/2006 12:00 AM
25 June 1996
I remember KK as little Kenny, my skinny blond cousin in Yukon, Oklahoma. I called him Kenny then. I remember running with his brother Steve almost 50 years ago in his dad’s front yard pretending to be soldiers in World War II Germany. His dad and my dad were brothers. They were both Naval aviators in that war. Kenny and I both grew up in the USAF. My war was Viet Nam. My dad never forgave himself for encouraging Kenny to make a career in the Air Force. He felt he was somehow responsible for Kenny being in the Towers that day. Kenny’s dad never forgave Bill Clinton for sending Kenny to an assignment with physical security so compromised by international political concessions. In fact, I believe he told him so in person. If I ever meet Bill, I’ll tell him that I’m very, very proud of Kenny and his eighteen heroic friends. They gave their lives so we can live ours in freedom. God bless them.
Gary Kitson [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Wed 7/19/2006 10:13 PM
I am a survivor of the Khobar Towers bombing, and I want to thank you for this. I now live in Angleton Texas which is where Dee Campbell (one of the 19) was from, and is buried across from my home. I go to his grave regularly in honor and memory of the nineteen who died that night. Every year June 25th comes and goes for others, while people like myself and family members of those we lost, do our part to honor them. I get so upset that others do not remember a day that WE will NEVER forget, a day that I think of EVERY DAY of MY life. Thank you again for this, and I only hope that when AIC Woody and the others crossed my path (I worked patrol and gates daily), that I waved them through with a smile, and made each day they were there, a little brighter.
Sonya Turner, Brazoria County Veterans Services email@example.com
Angleton, Texas Thu 6/29/2006 2:53 PM
Thank you to a true American Hero. Thanks to his family for sharing your loved one so that we may live in freedom. We admire everyone involved in the serving of our country to us there is not a higher calling-----
The Corona Family SCORONAF@aol.com
Ceres, CA - Mon 6/26/2006 7:28 PM
Thank you to all military members who stand on the line to protect my family.
Thank you to the families of the military that sacrifice in order to allow freedom to all people in this great and blessed country.
Thank you to the family of Joshua for maintaining this website to allow me to know how great this man is
Mike Marr, US Navy (retired) firstname.lastname@example.org
San Antonio, TX - Mon 6/26/2006 6:18 AM
My brother in law was in the Air Force during Vietnam and I live near Luke Air Force base in Arizona. We owe a great debt of gratitude to the brave young men and women who serve our country every day like Joshua Woody. Who give their time and sometimes their lives to keep us safe. Joshua Woody and the other eighteen men who died in the Khobar Towers will never be forgotten! May God bless you and America and keep you healthy and safe.
Sincerely Dave Mendelsohn [DBMENDELSOHN@COX.NET]
Phoenix AZ - Sun 6/25/2006 4:14 PM
I want thank you for having a memorial to those men who died in the act of serving their country. May God bring them to an eternal reward.
Framk Mihalek [email@example.com]
Sun 6/25/2006 8:08 AM
It is hard to believe 10 years has passed since this horrible tragedy. Time heals and God helps. You have many good memories of this handsome young man and I know you find comfort in them.
God bless you all, Kathy and Bill Findley <Kbf1953@aol.com>
Los Gatos, CA - Wed 6/21/2006 4:59 PM
On June 25, 1996, Brent and I were participating in a bench press tournament. After we were finished Brent and I exchanged our normal departure greeting “Ok Man” and walked up to the third floor of building (131), to our four room suite. Once inside, I mumbled, to myself “Another day has come to an end.” I still remember that moment when I walked down the hallway I was admiring the old marble floor with its clean, antique look, and the wide beautiful concrete walls that lined the hallway. The room on the left was our double occupancy room. To the right was the kitchen and laundry that opened to a set of tiny windows. The living room was parallel to my room. The backside had two large sliding doors from where one could see the public park and just to the right of the park was a stretch of paved road. Not knowing that a 5,000 pound truck packed with explosives was casually parked in the middle of the park just outside of our fenced building. I had just dropped off my dirty laundry to be washed and as I went back to my room, I saw Junior (Earl Cartrette) with his foot on top of the coffee table tying up his boots, I asked him where he was going, and he replied “getting ready to load our equipment onto the C5”, We once again exchanged our normal “OK Man” as I continued walking into my room. As I was lying on my bed, which was pushed up against the outer wall, next to the two tiny windows I looked up at the clock on top of the night stand I noticed that it read10:55 P.M. ... A few seconds passed and I looked up at the ceiling, and then suddenly I heard a horrifying rumble, followed by a violent shaking of the building. I quickly thought what was that and before I knew it, this unbelievable force had picked me up and threw my body to the other side of the room. As I laid on the floor in total darkness, I could hear very loud voices. I recognized Junior’s loud voice. I was scared and confused. I was terrified of what just had happened. I wanted to get up and run, but I just couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t believe what was happening. Once I regained my senses I noticed that I was covered in blood and that there were holes in my lower extremities and as well as my stomach from the shrapnel caused by the explosion. As my bloody lacerated body lay on the floor, a lot of things started going through my mind. I thought that it must have been a scud or cruise missile that his us because when I wiped the tears and dust from my eyes, I noticed that my room was cut in half. Everything that once was familiar to me had totally obliterated and the things that did survive were totally been unrecognizable as it laid littered the floor. My feet were three feet away from what remained of the once polished floor; it now took on the appearance of a building that had been demolished by a wrecking crew. My eyes traveled to the ceiling where I saw the glittering moon through once was a ceiling. As I stared at the moon, I realized that I was alive. As you read my side of story, NOW, imagine and REMEMBER those airmen killed in the blast, they have suffered far worst than what I suffered because they have paid the ultimate sacrifice to defend our freedoms. Do your best in your life and enjoy your life and always be happy. To all the families and friends of those who gave their lives that day, I will never be able to express enough appreciation of the sacrifice your family has given us who survived.
I have lived my life with care; know Who to ask for help or where to go…
Brent Marthaler - who motivated me to work out harder and walk again after the blast. Joseph – Joshua - I went to their room (2nd floor on building 131) three days before the blast to get my hair cut from Rimkus. Their friendships still inspire me even today. Junior- who is always reminded me the importance of life every single day of my life. Thanh V. Nguyen – While we were at the outside of the dining facility in Khobar Tower, He told me not to waste my life in just having fun (partying). Brian W. McVeigh- a true athletic individual, He, I and Brent were in the Bench Press Tournament. Peter J. Morgera – How can I forget, he is always demanding aircraft parts to get his job done. He is one of the Hardest Worker in our Squadron. Millard and Jeremy- I saw them playing volleyball and they were just having fun.
MSgt Kitson and TSgt Cafourek - both of them were always demanding aircraft parts so that their airmen will get their job done.
Valencia Cielito DMPO [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Huntsville, AL - Tue 6/13/2006 3:31 PM
Just found your website, a fellow SMSgt at my work gave me the June issue of Air Force Magazine, because he knew I was in the Towers. I was in the 58th FS. I only knew Joshua for a short time, I was a crew chief and he loaded weapons on my aircraft. He helped me launch the aircraft. I remember the very night and time that it took place. I was asleep in the building just behind Joshua's building. Just wanted to say hi and what a wonderful site.
Jason Dixon (SRA at the time) email@example.com
Mobile, AL - Sat 6/10/2006 9:04 PM
Jr. Cartrette and I went to High School together. We were once engaged and then ended up as just best friends. We had been through a lot together. I just now found this website and I am very glad I did. I think about him every day and I miss him like crazy. I can't believe that it has been almost ten years since they have left us! My thoughts and prayers, and respect go out to the family and loved ones of Jr. and his fallen comrades. Thank you for a wonderful site.
Renee' Martinez [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Wed 4/12/2006 1:51 PM
My condolences and gratitude.
I grieve for your loss, I too served in the Air Force in the seventies
and know the sacrifices we in the Military make for our families.
Your son chose to serve so all at home can enjoy our way of life, I'll honor his sacrifice and remember him in my prayers.
Thank you for raising a brave and good son, may is life be an example to those who come after him on how a true American lives their life.
When I can I will forward this memorial to my Niece who is almost finished with her Basic Training at Lackland, and will attend a Training school at Shepard AFB.
George Gomez <GGomez@vendoco.com>
Forney Texas - Fri 1/27/2006 6:44 AM
What a wonderful and kind gift to all Americans to keep your loved one in our memory. It is unfortunate that we all could not meet this fine American before his untimely death. But you have kept his memory in trust for us all by sharing your touching website.
Phillip Stephenson [email@example.com]
Memphis, TN - Wed 12/28/2005 12:59 PM
Merry Christmas Joshua
Though the years move by at the same pace they always have and the details of things from the past start to blur, I can safely say not a day goes by where I don't think about Josh and the other 18 guys we lost that night. The sound, the smell, the feelings I felt that night; I wish they would blur, maybe just a little....but they are still like it happened last night. Merry Christmas fellas, wherever you are, we miss you! And a very Merry Christmas to all of our other brothers still serving in that wasteland. Come home now.
Jeremy Morgan [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Los Angeles, CA - Sat 12/24/2005 5:34 PM
In the winter and spring of 1984, my husband and I participated on a school trip to London where we spent four months living among our classmates of Cal State Fresno in the English capital. Eighty-two of us went on that trip and my husband and I immediately became good friends with Cap. Leland "Tim" Haun. He wasn't a Captain then of course. He wasn't even "Leland". He was just our good friend "Tim.". There were four of us that hung around together. My husband, Larry, Kim and Tim. He and Kim were never romantic, even though Larry and I were already married. We did everything together. Went to pubs. Went to museums. Tim went with us when we took a weekend trip down to Hastings. He was a great, great guy. A good friend. Someone we truly liked to be around.
It was just the other day that we got looking at our old photos and thinking we should never have lost contact over the years with these people who we had been so close to us. It was a web search that brought us the news that Tim was gone and now our regret at not keeping in touch is tenfold.
What's that last line in the movie Stand By Me? Richard Dreyfuss is finishing up his book and he's talking about his old friend Chris who had been killed the week before? "Even though I hadn't seen Chris in over ten years, I know I will always miss him ..." I think that's what Richard Dreyfus said. That is exactly how both my husband and I feel about our dear friend, Tim.
Jacqui Wilson <email@example.com>
Northern Arizona - Sun 12/4/2005 5:39 PM
My name is Linden Beckham and I found your website while searching for photos of my good friend, Ken Kitson. I am a former 58th FS Crew Chief/Prod Super and knew most of the guys from the 58th who where killed and wounded in the bombing. I did know Joshua, if only briefly, before I was shipped to Kunsan Korea in May 1996. Joshua was a great kid with a great attitude and bright future. MSgt Ken Kitson had been a friend of mine for 17years. We first met at Eglin in the 58th FS in 1978 and then again in 1992. I know had I not gone to Korea I would have been with my comrades in Saudi again. Thank you for taking the time and effort to put a website that honors such a fine group of men. My prayers were with you then as they are now. God Bless.
Linden Beckham, CMSgt, USAF, (Ret)
Your site is special!
Thank you for your work
Samuel Morris <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Raleigh, NC USA - Friday, June 10, 2005 at 08:01:45 (PDT)
Brian was my half brother. He died when I was only 9 years old. Since, our father is not close to either of us I nver got to know him. So I thank you for having this site so i can have some kind of idea what he was like.
Very nice tribute to a fellow corning resident
Michael Jones <email@example.com>
Corning, ca USA - Sunday, October 31, 2004 at 14:45:41 (PST)
My thoughts and prayers are with all the families and friends of those who gave their lives that day, and for all the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice to defend our freedoms. I didn't know any of these guys personally, but just reading through some of these notes, I couldn't help but choke up. It reminded me of the importance of our jobs, and what we do for our country. Words can never replace your loved ones, and I am so sorry for your losses. Please find some comfort in knowing they did not die in vain, and they are with God Almighty. God bless you all.
MSgt. Gary Kunich <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Kenosha, Wi USA - Wednesday, October 27, 2004 at 11:09:50 (PDT)
I went to high school with Brian McVeigh ... although I didn't know any of the other fallen comrades, I feel for them and their families. We are celebrating our 10 year high school reunion this year (Deltona High School, Class of 1994) and it's unfortunate than Brian and 9 of his other classmates will not be able to attend! But, they will be there in spirit. One of the greatest memories I will have is how I got engaged! I will start off by saying that Danny and I went on our very first date to Brian's plane in Debary. Danny is also in the Air Force and we thought it would be neat to go to his plane so Danny could tell me all about it. I told him the story of the plane and how it ended up in Debary. When Danny wanted to propose, we went to Brian's plane and the place of our first date ... he asked me to marry him and of course, I said YES! We got married on July 4, 2003. Thanks Brian for all the memories, we'll be thinking of you at the reunion!
Melissa (Rutledge) Roman <email@example.com>
Deltona, FL USA - Wednesday, October 20, 2004 at 17:57:25 (PDT)
I never had the honor of meeting Joshua Woody but I have spoke of him often. I spent 5 years as an instructor at Sheppard AFB and this is where I first learned of him. I spent some time learning a very little bit of who he was and what his sacrifice was. I did this so that I could pass his legacy of service to new airmen as inspiration and realism of our duty to all my classes. I am humbled and very thankful for the sacrifice that men like Joshua have given. I am a weapons troop as was Joshua and very proud to have had the opportunity to be serving with men and women of his caliber.
We as a nation, a military, and a service will never be able to express enough appreciation of the sacrifice your family has given.
TSgt Brian W. Byrd, USAF
TSgt Brian W. Byrd <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Tyndall AFB, FL USA - Friday, September 17, 2004 at 19:32:41 (PDT)
To Joshua's family, I extend my deepest sympathy on your loss. I happen to work with Dawn. She speaks of him often, as if he was still here. Dawn loves him very much. He sounds like a wonderful person, both dedicated to his family and his country. My family will remember him this 4th of July and thank him for his service. Dawn is a great friend and colleague. We are proud to have her with us.
Brian D. Sandersfield
Chief Security Officer
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Oklahoma City, OK USA - Saturday, July 03, 2004 at 22:38:06 (PDT)
Bernie and George, another year, I can't believe it. Josh is always in our thoughts and prayers.
Carol Nunes-McNamara <email@example.com>
USA - Tuesday, June 29, 2004 at 14:17:01 (PDT)
Nice site. My regards, Evan
New York, NY united states - Monday, June 28, 2004 at 10:03:18 (PDT)
I am very sad because they are not with us anymore it took years for me to realized that they are no longer with us. I am happy because they are not forgotten. Thank You... I visit the memorial once a year but I still
can't handle myself to attend a memorial service. I have two video tapes on the first memorial service and
that's how I attend the memorial service for friends.
Lito Valencia <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Huntsville, AL USA - Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 11:19:08 (PDT)
It has been sometime, and I was thinking about my nephew Josh, the last time I saw him was at a football game in which he played, and had changed his number with another team mate, and every time he made a play the announcer called him by the wrong name, well, this dear Aunt, made sure the crowd and the announcer knew who he was, each and
everytime, they announced it wrong, Well Josh I am still out here singing your praises and always will be, just needed to let you know that your Uncle Danny and Aunt Donna are thinking about you always, and our love continues to grow. Take care of your family that is going up there with you, we just send Uncle Dan Senior last week, so perhaps you can show him the ropes.
All our Love Dan and Donna McNamara
Donna McNamara <email@example.com>
Campbell, CA USA - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 09:49:49 (PDT)
I just wanted to let you know that this site is AMAZING!!! What a
wonderful way to remember your son. I came across this site when I was on
the Maxwell AFB, Gunter Annex Enlisted museum site. My heart truly goes out
to all of his family, wife, friends, and coworkers. Your family will always
be in my prayers. God Bless You!!!!
SrA Jennifer Anderson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Montgomery, AL USA - Thursday, April 29, 2004 at 06:58:16 (PDT)
My sincerest regrets for your loss. From the pictures, I see a fine young
man that we owe our thanks to as well as to his family. God Bless You all.
Joan C. Bean <email@example.com>
Houston, TX USA - Friday, April 23, 2004 at 21:30:15 (PDT)
I found this site through a search on google. I was looking up AF
pictures and learning more about BMT, which I leave for July 6th 2004. It
was amazing to learn about someone whose life was going well and served our
country had to leave like he did, along with the 19 others. Now that is
about 8 years later, this story is still heartwarming and heartbreaking to
people who keep coming back this one site. People can spend hours reading
and looking at pictures of one man who served and died for our country. Just
as the solders are doing today, for Iraqi freedom. It is sad at the same
time makes you proud to be an American knowing people are willing to die for
our country. That is why I am going into the service. As of right now I am
In to Explorer programs (youth programs) A Police and Fire. We have
trainings and meetings. Also recently I started running with my Vol. EMS
program as a first responder. I have been doing that for about a month, for
the fire program I have been in for over 5 years, and as of right now I have
been in for around a year and a half and hold the rank of Corporal and
Quartermaster. As of July 5th I leave all that for the one decision of my
life that will ultimately change my life. Serve my country, and if needed
die for it. For your family, wife (Dawn), and friends... even though 8 yrs.
later this is still a heartwarming story and I am sorry for your loss.
Heyworth, IL USA - Tuesday, March 30, 2004 at 09:17:38 (PST)
It's hard to believe that it's been almost eight years since that
cowardly act. Just about an hour ago, I sat transfixed by calendar for a
minute, until I finally realized what was gnawing at me: Today is Brian's
birthday. A1C Brian McVeigh would have been 29 today. He was taken from us
at the ripe old age of 21. I stumbled across this website while looking for
pictures of him online. Thank you for keeping him -- and the others --
alive. My earliest memory of Brian is when we were both about five, and boy
was he irritating. He absolutely never wanted to go to sleep; he would
always come up with something else to talk about. I'd have to kick the top
bunk to shut him up. What I wouldn't give to hear his voice right now. I
missed most of his last few years, and he became one of the strongest and
most admirable men that I'll never get to know. Happy birthday, Brian. Say
hi to Dad for me. Your brother.
Greg Faron <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Rio Rancho, NM USA - Saturday, March 27, 2004 at 03:02:12 (PST)
Thank you for putting together and maintaining this great site! God bless
Jeffrey Seeloff, CMSgt (Ret) <Jeffrey.Seeloff@wpafb.af.mil>
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH USA - Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 07:38:46 (PST)
Very nice site in remembrance of the Khobar bombing victims. I went through Navigator training with Capt. Haun at Mather AFB.
Maj. Nelson Sturdivant
Nelson Sturdivant <email@example.com>
San Antonio, TX USA - Wednesday, February 04, 2004 at 11:45:18 (PST)
If only we could turn back the hands of time. I think about my cousin, Joseph, every day and wish he could be here, in person. It is still so hard to see all the websites that are in honor of this horrible day. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about this. I still remember sitting in front of the TV watching the news when this all happened thinking who could’ve done something so horrible and only imagining how it would feel to have a family member in that mess...little did I know I would find out a few days later I did have someone there...Joseph-I love you so much you were like my big brother...
To the Woody family- God bless you all!
jennifer rimkus <firstname.lastname@example.org>
edwardsville, ill USA - Saturday, January 31, 2004 at 10:24:07 (PST)
Thank you for remembering my brother and the 18 other brave men who
fought for our country.
Lewis Cartrette <email@example.com>
Jeffersonville, IN USA - Sunday, January 25, 2004 at 19:48:06 (PST)
I drove the 1st ambulance out of Khobar to the main hospital across town.
I have never forgotten those who gave the ultimate sacrifice that night. I
was a SrA at the time and barely 22 years old. The 19 who perished including
Josh will never be forgotten in my prayers and my daughter who is now 3 will
know who the heroes who died for her freedom are. She will visit the Vietnam
memorial wall in Washington D.C. and one day and I hope to visit all 4 bases
where the Khobar 19 were stationed and see the memorials there. God Bless
all the victims and their families.
Bryan M. Brock <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Durango, CO USA - Tuesday, January 13, 2004 at 16:32:36 (PST)
Was bored at work, so I decided to try and look up some people that I was in the AF with, which eventually led to this
site. I got fairly well jacked in the Khobar incident... nothing comparatively though. I worked Support with Junior, and
Phase Insp. with Gus, Rimmy cut my hair. Back state side Dan was the DCC of our jet. I remember Brian "Bam"
winning some bench press competition, and of course KK.I saw Mitch and Kap had postings in here which is pretty cool.It seems like a lifetime ago.
Anybody reading this who wants to shoot me an email, feel free.
Great site, I didn't know Josh, I think I used to see him around though.
Mike Perfetti <email@example.com>
stroudsburg, pa USA - Thursday, November 20, 2003 at 09:26:49 (PST)
Thank you so much for this web page. I have gone to it several times over the last several years and found it a bit too painful. Today I started by reading through the guest book entries for the first time. I never expected it, but reading all of the nice things about our sons & realizing that they had so many good friends with them through there last days has made this a bit easier to live with.
Thank you to all who have remembered my son A1C Joseph E. Rimkus & his fallen comrades.
ZJoseph J. Rimkus <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Tampa, FL USA - Saturday, November 15, 2003 at 04:55:11 (PST)
My brother, Leon J. Lipinski III, Capt. USAF, ret., sent the Family the web page for Tim Haun, his friend and classmate
at Fresno State. Our prayers and best wishes go to his family and the families of all the brave men who died in Saudi, as
well as all of our troops stationed around the world. God bless and keep them all.
Rev. Aileen D. Coles <email@example.com>
Marsing, Id USA - Thursday, November 13, 2003 at 06:55:15 (PST)
I can hardly believe that our loved ones have been gone now for over 7 years. I sat here today and wanted to keep alive the love that we all feel for them in our hearts. To remember the joy that each one of these men who died in Khobar towers had brought into our lives. I appreciate all the e-mails from those who knew our loves ones, and those who were inspired to visit this website. It lets me know that people do not forget and that our loved ones are remembered. I am going to let my sons read the e-mails and know that their dad and the others are not forgotten. Remembered especially today on Veterans Day.
I would like to send a special thanks to the parents of Josh... I really enjoy this site.
Shyrl Johnson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Melbourne, FL USA - Tuesday, November 11, 2003 at 09:01:38 (PST)
I hope you know how much your site is appreciated. I visit very frequently and am always touched by all the heartfelt messages. My nephew, A1C Peter Morgera was lost on that terrible night. He was so proud to be part of the USAF! And we will always be proud of him and his comrades who gave their lives in the name of freedom.
Thank you again for all your work and
devotion to this living memorial for our loved ones.
judy pride <email@example.com>
kensington, nh USA - Thursday, October 23, 2003 at 22:31:17 (PDT)
Thank you for a wonderful site. I bumped into it and have spent the last hour combing it, rereading it, and will do my
best to acknowledge and remember those who make the ultimate sacrifice. It makes my initial reason for using the internet seem totally irrelevant. God bless.
USA - Tuesday, October 14, 2003 at 12:29:26 (PDT)
I first met Airmen Joshua Woody and Joseph Rimkus while they were still in tech school at Sheppard AFB. I was an instructor on the F-16 and they were in a friend of mine's F-15 class. I still remember how we ribbed each other about which airplane was better. The thing I remember the most though, is how Joshua and Joseph were so close and how really sharp they were. Even though they were all the way across the hangar from where I worked, and they weren't even on the same airframe, I knew who they were. Whenever they came across the hangar floor to use the break room or to borrow something or visit, their reputations always preceded them. They were just two good guys doing a good job. God bless the nineteen who died that day and God bless Joshua and Joseph. Friends forever.
I'm glad I got to meet them.
I was especially proud the day we dedicated the two halls to them at the Aircraft Armament Systems Training Center at Sheppard AFB.
P.S....I got out of the active duty and became a police officer, but I'm still in the Reserves and plan on staying until I finish my career. Yes, just like they did.
Msgt Tony Legros <ALe4037534@AOL.com>
Yuma, AZ USA - Saturday, August 30, 2003 at 01:20:00 (PDT)
As Col Cochran recently said at the 7-year memorial service held in the 33rd, "Not a single day goes by without me remembering all those who endured the Khobar Towers bombing and
especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice." As the maintenance officer who had been with the 58th FS for two years prior
and at the bombing, I know this statement holds true for all the families, friends, and co-workers of those who suffered from this tragedy. Joshua and the eighteen other airmen have blazed a trail to heaven as the ADVON
(advance party) for all of us and I personally look forward to the day when we can all meet again. The past 7 years have been but
a blink of an eye as we remember Khobar. The recent memorial service at the 33rd FW was exceptional and needs to continue. We will never forget Joshua and the others
and this tribute is but one of many ways of honoring their service and sacrifice.
P.S. To Joshua Woody's family: I'm sorry that I have no e-mail...I'm sending this from the Crestview library. I enjoyed meeting you at the memorial and look forward to seeing you again.
Bob Ambrose <
Crestview, FL USA - Monday, July 07, 2003 at 10:32:12 (PDT)
you for this site. "JR" Cartrette was a student of mine, and his loss and
the loss of Josh and all their comrades still hurts me deeply. Our county
recently put up a Patriots Peace Memorial for military personnel such as
these who gave their lives in "peace" time. JR's name is up there, and that
helps a little. These men shall not be forgotten.
Ted McGill <TEDIONA@aol.com>
Louisville, KY USA - Saturday, December 28, 2002 at 14:38:19 (PST)
Just wanted to say that this is a wonderfully done website. What a great honor to Woody and the others. I didn't know Joshua but was working and very good friends with Joseph Rimkus'
mother (Bridget Brooks) at the time of the bombing. It was a very emotional
time for everyone. I attended Joseph and Joshua's funeral in Crestview and
burial in Pensacola. It was the most emotional and saddest service I had
ever attended. On the other hand a wonderful honor to two great/brave men
that gave their lives for our country.
These men left an empty place in the hearts of all those who knew them.
Connie Costabile <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Niceville, FL USA - Friday, December 27, 2002 at 09:48:39 (PST)
was stationed in Saudi Arabia when the bomb went off destroying one of the
military housing structures in Dhahran- Khobar Towers. I was about a block
away when it happened. I can distinctly remember the feelings I experienced
when I felt, more than heard, that bomb detonate. It was much too loud and
terrible a sound to describe, but I can tell you- at that moment I had little
doubt it was something other than an attack. SCUD missiles had impacted near
the housing facilities during the Gulf War and I was very aware of this fact
during the terrorist attack I experienced. When that explosion blew in the
windows of my room and knocked me off my bed, my mind instantly put 2 and
2 together. I thought to myself- “We are at war and I’m right in the middle
of it!” The feelings I had at that particular moment were feelings I’ve never
had before. Hopefully, I’ll never have to experience anything like that again.
I can’t really describe those terrible thoughts that raced through my head
at that intense moment, but I believe others share a degree of understanding
now that our own country has been attacked and so many innocent lives have
been lost. When I watched those planes ram into the World Trade Center, I
felt those same feelings I had during the attack on us at Dhahran. It brought
back many troubling memories for me. It’s as if all of one’s safety and confidence
has been torn away. This is how I felt in Dhahran. I felt naked and vulnerable,
more so than I had ever felt before. The rest of that night is kind of a
blur for me. My training kicked in and I spent the next 72 hours cleaning
up the mess of broken glass and debris. I volunteered for the military funeral
ceremony and I helped transfer the dead from a makeshift morgue to a C5 so
they could be brought back to the U.S. I remember reading the tags on the
transfer cases. They displayed name, rank, and serial number. And a lot of
the bodies were young men like myself with a rank of Airman and Airman First
Class- children really. I remember staring at those tags too long and someone
asking me if I was ok. And I remember pretending nothing was wrong, saying
I was alright, lifting the cases onto the plane. I was so exhausted later
on I passed out. I was standing one second and the next thing I remember
is waking up with this Medic hovering over me. I told her she was an angel.
I don’t now why I told her that. And I remember her smiling at me. I’m not
sure why it’s so difficult for me to share these events with others. I may
think it takes away from it all somehow- they were the ones killed not me.
Why should anyone care about how I feel. The families of the 19 Airmen who
died are the ones who have sacrificed.
Jason Westfall <Jason.Westfall@hill.af.mil>
Clearfield, UT USA - Friday, December 20, 2002 at 09:28:56 (PST)
I was at Khobar when the bombing happened. I did not know Joshua, but I did know the 5 airman that were from Patrick AFB. I flew over there with them on the rotator. I will never forget they gave me a ride out to the aircraft the morning, before they got in and flew there last mission. I watched them taxi out, never realizing that would be their last flight! They came back early from their mission, with engine problems on their HC-130P. Which is what I do, I am an engine Mechanic. When they came in that day I had already put in a 10 hr day, the aircraft came back with engine problems, and I stayed over to help the next shift. By the grace of GOD, I was on the flight-line working on that aircraft when the bomb went off. If that aircraft had not come back broken for me, they may still be alive, and I would not be writing you this letter. Because we were all in that building that was destroyed, and I would have been in my dayroom, which faced the blast and was destroyed, I even remember the movie I had already rented to watch that night. That night and the memories of those that lost their lives will stay with me forever. I wish your family well.
SSgt Kenneth I. Smith
Moody AFB, GA- Tuesday, December 17, 2002 at 11:40:00 (PST)
Josh, we only had a couple
of occasions to see each other, and my favorite was a football game of which,
I let the whole crowd know you were my nephew, even though your Uncle Dan
and I were not married yet, I was very proud of you and cannot tell you how
much I miss your beautiful smile. Hopefully you can look down and see how
much your family loves and misses you. Love your Aunt Donna McNamara
Donna McNamara <email@example.com>
Campbell, CA USA - Thursday, December 12, 2002 at 11:38:08 (PST)
Found your site browsing
for Self Aid and Buddy Care information. Reminded me of when I was TDY to
Prince Sultan Air Base. I went to the Khobar Towers Memorial and wept at
the great loss of American men. This is why I am still a member of the USAF.
Be strong and know we will always remember those who have given the ultimate
sacrifice. Gone but NEVER forgotten!!
TSgt Sean Burke <firstname.lastname@example.org>
RAF Lakenheath, UK - Tuesday, November 12, 2002 at 15:44:31 (PST)
As close friends and one-time neighbors of Gary and
Fran Heiser, we watched Mike Heiser grow-up. It is comforting to know that
the comrades that he was with were of the same extraordinarily high caliber
that Mike was. God bless you.
Ken Schwab <email@example.com>
Natick, MA USA - Friday, November 01, 2002 at 04:41:49 (PST)
Your son gave the ultimate sacrifice. Be proud
John Svendsen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Layton, UT USA - Tuesday, October 15, 2002 at 22:07:50 (PDT)
The pain is still almost as bad today and I miss you so much. I hope your having your slice of cake up there in heaven. Here's something I wrote:
been gone for years
gone but not forgotten
why was he taken from the life that he loved
why must it be this way
you could have waited a decade or two
why him and not me
is the world so cruel that he had to leave
why must the good ones go to you early
life is challenging enough without detours like this
was he taken to watch over us forever
he will be missed
perhaps we will meet again another day down the road
gone in the blink of an eye
gone but never forgotten.
Happy Birthday Josh, I wish you were here to celebrate.
Timothy Woody <email@example.com>
Geneva, NY USA - Sunday, October 06, 2002 at 07:28:15 (PDT)
I was stationed we A1C Chris Lester on different occasions,
including Khobar Towers. I was a civil engineer as well. He was that guy
that you see at every school you attend and every deployment you are part
of. I met up w/ him at the airport (Philly, I believe) prior to departing.
It was odd, we had just been to Silver Flag (Florida) together for a couple
weeks before crossing paths here. Chris was nice enough to let me room with
him while I waited on the rotator bird to take me to Al Jabar AB, Kuwait.
I'm not sure if anyone else knew of this, but Chris was planning on marrying
his girlfriend of the time. We had gone down to the shopping area in the
compound so that he could purchase the rings. I debated for some time, if
I should involve myself and try to inform his family, or at least his girlfriend
of his intentions. I did not. A few days and nights passed. we played basketball
and watched local nationals watch us on our balcony (yeah, they had plenty
of warning of what was coming). I left Chris and the towers the morning of
the bombing. Upon leaving I snapped a few photos of Chris, waving goodbye
and what-not. Not one turned out. Chris and I were never permanently stationed
together, only at school and the such, but.... he was a great friend, and
entirely too young to be taken from all of those that knew him. anyway, I
am now off to that God forsaken sand box again, and praying for everyone's
safety. God Bless, Jeremy
SSgt Jeremy A. Stanton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Collinsville, IL USA - Wednesday, September 25, 2002 at 09:09:02 (PDT)
I think that what you are doing is great. I am a new Air Force spouse. You will always be in my prayers.
Carolyn Ginn <email@example.com>
Universal City, TX USA - Saturday, August 17, 2002 at 13:10:04 (PDT)
I appreciated the site. It was very well done. I was a medic at Khobar Towers during the bombing. I'll always
remember that day and will always be thankful to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Rudolph Grimm II <firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA - Monday, August 12, 2002 at 23:23:58 (PDT)
CHRIS , YOU WOULD BE PROUD OF YOUR FAMILY
PETE <peter .a. keenan @ world net.att>
CHARLOTTE, NC USA - Saturday, July 20, 2002 at 00:45:03 (PDT)
I just returned from almost 100 days at Prince Sultan
Air Base and was able to visit the memorial several times. It's hard to
describe the feeling when you walk inside...you can't even speak. The only
thing I can say is that our world at Prince Sultan (and in the US as well)
is a safer place to live and work because of the sacrifice Joshua and the
other fallen airman made for us. Thanks Joshua...you know that you will
live on with the USAF always.
SSgt Chris Zell <email@example.com>
Montgomery, AL USA - Wednesday, July 10, 2002 at 00:20:07 (PDT)
Peace be with your family. The 19 young men who lost their lives will never be forgotten.
Tim Duncan <Jaylynn@fuse.net>
Cincinnati, OH USA - Tuesday, July 02, 2002 at 20:38:45 (PDT)
6 years, seems like just yesterday. Today is hard because
it is the anniversary of the death of our loved ones. But the next few days
will be even harder. For these are the days when we were all informed of
our loved ones passing. I know that they are right here with us always, but
I wished that they were not torn from us the way they were. God bless!
Shawn Wood <firstname.lastname@example.org>
CA USA - Tuesday, June 25, 2002 at 22:21:31 (PDT)
Six years and it still sucks... Dawn, if you read this, know that
I pray for you always and miss you... my life was torn apart and
I always thought maybe today wouldn't hurt as bad, guess I was wrong
USA - Tuesday, June 25, 2002 at 21:37:51 (PDT)
We would just like to say you and your family our in
our prayers. Zachary was there in the bombing with the guys. Not a day goes
by that we don't think of them. As I wrote in our first letter when we got
Josh's web site passed to us. All the pictures of the guys and the bombing
and news clips are still up in our house. (And they will never come down)
This is how we keep them alive in our hearts and memories. It still feels
as if it was yesterday. We will light a white candle for each one of our
fallen friends and for JR, his will burn for 4 days. For that's how long
it took for them to recover and make final word that he did not make it.
Even though we new in our hearts. Bless you and your family and you are always
in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless. Zachary Kelly and Elijah Sutton
Zachary Kelly and Elijah Sutton <PRPHRT@AOL.COM>
Tyndall Air Force Base, FL USA - Tuesday, June 25, 2002 at 17:48:02 (PDT)
To my beloved brother. Has it really been 6 years?
It feels as though it was just yesterday we were driving out to the lake
for a quick dip, in your red "hotrod". I know you are always with me, and
always will be with me, and it is in your memory that I strive to be the
very best. As you are in heaven, and are looking down on us, I can still
feel the bond between us. You are forever a large part of me. I love you
and miss you more than ever!
Jonica Woody <Jonabird74@aol.com>
Crofton, MD USA - Tuesday, June 25, 2002 at 05:53:40 (PDT)
Joshua is my cousin through marriage, that I unfortunately
was never able to meet. He died shortly after we became cousins. I never
managed to make it up to his home town to meet him, until it was too late
and I was there for his funeral. Although I never met him I feel a closeness
to him that I can't describe. We are very close in age and I know we would
have been very tight! Joshua you will always be remembered! You will forever
live in our memories....Rest in Peace. A brave soldier, a wonderful son,
a proud citizen to his community and his country! Forever in our hearts,
Joshua E. Woody!!!!
Angela Smith <email@example.com>
San Jose, CA USA - Saturday, June 08, 2002 at 14:50:10 (PDT)
Thank you, Joshua for making the ultimate sacrifice for my freedom. Every time
I put on my uniform, I will think of you and what you sacrificed for me to be able to do it.
God bless you.
Julie Amos <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Charleston, SC USA - Saturday, May 25, 2002 at 14:16:15 (PDT)
My heart aches for the families and friends of all these special young men that lost their lives on
June 25, l996.I often wonder what might have been---I am the grandmother of SFC Earl F Cartrette Jr. (J R,
Joan Oehmann <momoehmann aol.comclarksville>
Clarksville, USA - Sunday, May 12, 2002 at 16:16:14 (PDT)
Dear beloved family, It was an honor to know Josh.
He was a person who could fill a room with laughter and smiles. Sometimes
it was the monkey face and other times it was his wonderful sense of humor.
Any one who had the pleasure of knowing him was truly blessed. My heart
goes out to all of the family and friends. I hope you take comfort in knowing
that he will NEVER be forgotten and you are in my prayers. With sympathy,
Amber Dement <email@example.com>
Dallas, TX USA - Saturday, May 04, 2002 at 11:16:16 (PDT)
Hello, I am Justin Wood's brother's (Shawn Wood) father-in-law.
I had the pleasure of watching Justin grow into a man. I think of him often,
and I miss him. I just wanted to write this note to let you know you that
on any given day, at any time, someone is also thinking about Joshua and
the sacrifice that he made for his country and those of us who live here.
On behalf of me and my family, we will be forever grateful. God Bless You
Derek Waring <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Modesto, CA USA - Wednesday, March 27, 2002 at 12:31:40 (PST)
I didn't know Joshua, but we also share your pain and
suffering. Our lovely daughter died in the Africa bombing in Nairobi. I'm
sure your son was a patriot---if for no other reason than he chose to serve
his country in the Air Force. In my opinion, he and my daughters sacrifices--
especially considering their circumstances--were as heroic as those of the
fire fighters who charged the World Trade Center or those of the men and
women flying over or fighting on the ground in Afghanistan. In many ways
all those young men were braver than those engaged in the military operations
in Afghanistan. My daughter and your son faced a danger that was covert,
hidden, sudden, and I'm sure terrifying--rather than one they could train
for, prepare for with a flight or mission briefing, or face side by side
with his comrades in real anticipation of comfort or support from those around
him who shared an anticipation of danger. I will never forget--Remember there
is no honor where there is no justice.
Mary Olds <DelbertOlds@worldnet.att.net>
Panama City, FL USA - Saturday, March 16, 2002 at 17:15:37 (PST)
God Bless Josh. We will remember.
God Bless all the Men and Women that serve
our Country with the valor they display every
Jim Sanders <email@example.com>
Corning, CA USA - Saturday, March 02, 2002 at 14:17:12 (PST)
Joshua, Thank you for your sacrifice for and service
to our great country. You are a true hero and like my son Michael you will
always re main young and an inspiration to all those whose lives you touched
during your short time here on earth. May God bless you and I'll be proud
to meet you in heaven. And God bless your family Josh.
Bill Monaghan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
King of Prussia, PA USA - Tuesday, February 12, 2002 at 05:56:12 (PST)
I was with the men at Khobar and not a day goes by that I don't think
of them. I didn't know Josh then but I wish I had. I worked with Pete, and miss him very
much. He was trying very hard to do the best job he could. It's hard for me to remember that time, but I will never
Crestview, FL USA - Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at 14:38:04 (PST)
Today as always.... my thoughts and prayers go out to ALL who have given the ultimate
sacrifice for their country.
You will NEVER be forgotten!!!
TSgt Jewell L. Carter <email@example.com>
Belleville, IL USA - Thursday, January 17, 2002 at 18:40:46 (PST)
I give my prayer to all the fallen service members.
I'm a Sergeant in the US Army. I have served 6 years and I've had my share
of losses. It is always a hard thing to deal with but I offer my prayers
and hope that we all get thru it. Respectfully, Sgt. Curtis J. Johnson
SGT CURTIS J. JOHNSON <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ft. Riley, KS USA - Thursday, November 15, 2001 at 14:27:40 (PST)
I was at Ramstein Air Base, Germany when the USS COLE
bombing occurred. I had been part of a lot of fallen soldier ceremony's during
my time at Ramstein, but none touched me as much as the one's from the USS
Cole. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
SrA Kristina Pace <Kristinapace@hotmail.com>
Wichita, KS USA - Sunday, November 04, 2001 at 10:58:24 (PST)
Through out the course of a persons life, there are
many ups and downs. Many people come and go, some more gracefully than others.
Even thou, friendships may end abruptly or fade out over time. The memories
will never be lost nor the people be forgotten. I never had the honor to
meet these fellow men in blue who sacrificed there lives in this tragic act
of coward ness; but my heart goes out to the families and friends of those
who suffered in this event as well as others. GOD BLESS
SRA Zach Husted <email@example.com>
Sioux City, IA USA - Saturday, October 27, 2001 at 14:34:07 (PDT)
I am in the Air Force now and I am writing a paper
on the Khobar Tower bombing. I had no idea that I would find a site like
this, so touching. What a beautiful tribute to a fellow Airmen. God bless
you all. SrA Kelly Fix
Kelly Fix <firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA - Sunday, October 21, 2001 at 14:51:05 (PDT)
The events of Sept. 11 bring back a nightmare I have realized will be with me till the day I leave this earth.
I hope someday peace, joy, and laughter will return to my
family. I keep going just to see if it's possible for anyone
to rise above this kind of horror and keep going.
My prayers are with all the families of the victims, and with the military that will be going into harms way.
Panama, FL USA - Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 22:06:30 (PDT)
What can you say to people who pay the ultimate price
for our freedom? Thank You doesn't seem enough, but its all I can say. Thank
You to you all and your families, Thank You to all current and past military
personnel for giving your time and sometimes your lives to keep us free.
God Bless America!!
C, NE USA - Friday, September 14, 2001 at 06:36:50 (PDT)
I read through the comments and look at the photographs of the 19 brave men
who were killed in the Khobar Towers attack, it brings so much more pain
to this devastating day, Tuesday, 11 September 2001 when the United States
of America was attacked. Who could have ever imagined an attack of this magnitude.
I am in Clovis, NM, at the Air Force Base. My husband was deployed to Saudi
Arabia two weeks ago. We have only been here for 4 months and I am rather
anxious, sad, and nervous about all that has occurred. I see the current
terrorist attacks on our own soil and then I read about the attacks in other
places such as the Embassy in Africa, Khobar Towers, the USS Cole, and I
cannot believe we were so vulnerable. Thank you to this memorial for Josh
and all those who have proudly served the United States of America, here
and abroad. God bless and may Peace be with us all.
Clovis, NM USA - Tuesday, September 11, 2001 at 23:15:14 (PDT)
The lost of our 19 at Khobar Towers wasn't enough.
Will today's devastating losses wake up America and the world to the fact that something is desperately wrong???
Again Bernie and George, thank you for this website.
Mike Flaherty <email@example.com>
Hayward, CA USA - Tuesday, September 11, 2001 at 21:36:15 (PDT)
As a nurse in the USAF, I served in Saudi Arabia in
1999. While I was there I visited the memorial to those who lost their lives
at Khobar Towers. I couldn't help but cry every time I went through it.
While there, I also received a plaque for officer of the month. The wood
from the plaque is made of the wooden debris from Khobar Towers and it is
engraved on the back. When people see my plaque on the wall, I make sure
they see the back of it, and we remember. There are several silent prayers
said. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Lt Kimberli Goodner <MalaliRN8@aol.com>
- Friday, August 24, 2001 at 19:23:38 (PDT)
I HOPE YOU DON'T MIND ME USING JOSHUA'S GUEST BOOK,
TO TALK ABOUT MY SISTER SHERRY. I MISS HER SO MUCH.... AND I KNOW YOU MISS
JOSHUA JUST AS MUCH...THEY SAY TIME HEALS ALL WOUNDS... BUT MINE FEELS AS
RAW TODAY AS IT DID ON AUGUST 7, 1998, WHEN MY MOTHER CALLED ME AT 5:30AM
AND TOLD ME, SHE WAS WATCHING CNN AND THAT THE EMBASSY IN KENYA HAD BEEN
BOMBED.. I JUST KEPT TELLING MY MOM TO STAY OFF THE PHONE, I KNEW MY SISTER..
THE FIRST THING SHE WOULD DO WAS CALL HOME TO TELL EVERYONE SHE WAS OKAY...BUT
AFTER 2 HOURS AND THE CALL DIDN'T COME THROUGH...WE WERE ALL HOPING BEYOND
HOPE.. AND THEN WHEN THE AIR FORCE DROVE UP AND MY MOTHER STARTED SCREAMING....DON'T
LET THEM IN....MY FATHER WAS ABLE TO KEEP IT TOGETHER UNTIL THEY SAID SHE
WAS MISSING, WE ALL KNEW THEN THAT SHE WAS BURIED UNDER A TON OF CONCRETE
MY MOTHER MADE A REQUEST TO GET HER HOME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE THE AIR FORCE
CHAPLIN SAID IT WOULD BE ABOUT 3 DAYS, IT ENDED UP BEING SEVEN DAYS, BECAUSE
THE SECRETARY OF STATE AND THE PRESIDENT HAD MORE PRESSING ISSUES, LIKE ATTENDING
A WEDDING. LET'S JUST SAY I WILL NEVER FEEL THE SAME ABOUT OUR GOVERNMENT
OFFICIALS EVER AGAIN.....THEY COULDN'T EVEN HONOR MY SISTER LAST REQUEST
TO BE BROUGHT HOME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, SHE ALWAYS SAID SHE WANTED TO BE
BURIED AT HOME. THE GOVERNMENT WANTED TO CREMATE ALL THE BODIES IN AFRICA.
THANKS FOR LETTING ME SOUND OFF........
MARSEY CORNETT <MARSEYGC@AOL.COM>
PANAMA, FL USA - Monday, August 13, 2001 at 22:35:44 (PDT)
GINA AND I THINK ABOUT JOSH OFTEN I THINK WHEN HE WAS
IN HIGH SCHOOL HE SPENT AS MUCH TIME AT MY HOUSE AS MY OWN KIDS DID .I WILL
NEVER FORGET HOW HE COULD MAKE HIM SELF LOOK LIKE A MONKEY MY DAUGHTER CARRIE
AND THE REST OF MY FAMILY WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER JOSH. I AM VERY PROUD OF JOSH
AND WILL ALWAYS BE I HAVE A LOT OF MEMORIES WITH JOSH THANK-YOU BRIAN THIBODEAU
BRIAN THIBODEAU <BINRENO@AOL.COM>
RENO, NV USA - Tuesday, July 10, 2001 at 21:40:31 (PDT)
My brother Justin Wood was one of the 19 men that died that day and together with sites like this and like
we can help keep the memory alive! Thank you George, I hope to see you again
someday. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, as well as
all the other families that have been touched by this cowardly act!
Shawn, Kristy and Marissa Wood <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Modesto, CA USA - Tuesday, July 03, 2001 at 23:43:05 (PDT)
George, Bernie: Look in the Chico Enterprise Record, www.chicoer.com,
June 29 2001..... There is a story that states that the US House recognizes Josh and the others.
Josh is and will not be forgotten.....
Chuck Dennis <email@example.com>
Bakersfield, CA USA - Monday, July 02, 2001 at 06:10:06 (PDT)
First, I would like to say that this website means
a lot to me and would like to thank his stepfather, George and his mother,
Bernadine for doing so. It helps to give me closure even after five years
and I want everyone to know how much of a friend, and special person he was
to me and my family. Growing up with him (like a brother) was special and
it was a great honor to know him. I have many stories about Josh - from how
he wired my radio in my mustang in high school to numerous football and wrestling
stories. They all mean something to me and taught me many lessons as "Never
say never" and "Never give up". All these lessons I bring to the kids in
the Corning Youth Football League. All his generosity, caring and honorability
it what makes me appreciate his greatness and is the reason for naming my
child (if it's a boy) after him - Garrett Joshua. I love him and miss him
very much. Thank you for your time. Eric
Eric Thibodeau <ETKTM@aol.com>
Cottonwood, CA USA - Friday, June 29, 2001 at 17:56:54 (PDT)
God bless the silent hero.
Robert Goggin <Rgoggs@aol.com>
Phila, PA USA - Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 12:33:11 (PDT)
I had just put my newborn son down for the night and
the phone rang. I was thinking who can this be so late. It was my father.
He told me he had some bad news. I stood there in shock. No it can't be Josh?
The josh I want to work with and school. I cried for day's. I remember Josh
as being the funny guy at work. If anyone was sad he'd make you happy. He
was fun to work with in the grill. There's not a day that go by that I don't
think about him.
Dawn Hatley / Linnet <Clinnet@dm-tech>
Corning, CA USA - Monday, June 25, 2001 at 15:07:17 (PDT)
I first want to say, "I am sorry for your loss!" I
was with Woody the night of the explosion. I met Josh through my roommate
Travis Wyatt. They had been in Tech School together and had become close
friends. I have to say that in the two months of knowing him, he made a true
impression on me and I will remember him for the rest of my life. It has
been almost five years now and I apologize for not contacting you and your
family sooner. This whole event is like a ghost that is haunting me. I think
I always tried to put it behind me by hiding from it and not realizing the
true pain suffered from this tragedy. I will never know what you and your
family went through and I want you to know my thoughts and prayers are with
you every day. The things I remember about Woody were him always smiling
and having a great attitude. As I mentioned before I met him through my roommate
but he was always friendly and outgoing towards me. He did not make me feel
uncomfortable in any way. I could see that he was a true caring person and
I wish that this horrible event would have never taken place. I want you
to know your son is a true HERO!
Shane A. Little <littleshane1@hotmail>
Frederick, MD USA - Saturday, June 23, 2001 at 08:18:26 (PDT)
THIS IS A WONDERFUL WEB SITE - I HAVE ENJOYED READING
EVERYONE'S COMMENTS ABOUT JOSHUA - I FEEL YOUR LOSS - MY SISTER SHERRY DIED
IN THE AMERICAN EMBASSY BOMBING IN AFRICA IN 1998 - THIS IS A WONDERFUL WAY
TO KEEP THEIR MEMORIES ALIVE. SOMETIMES ITS HARD- WHEN PEOPLE ASK ME HOW
SHE DIED - AND I TELL THEM - AND THEY SAY THEY DIDN'T EVEN KNOW THEIR WAS
AN EMBASSY IN AFRICA THAT WAS BOMBED. I WONDER IF THEY REALLY NO HOW MUCH
MARSEY CORNETT <DelbertOlds@worldnet.att.net>
Panama City, FL USA - Friday, June 22, 2001 at 13:27:39 (PDT)
I didn't ever think it would happen. It's been five
years and the FBI gave me something I didn't ever think I would see. Still
not quite what I would like to have, but it is especially nice to see that
our government has put in an extreme effort. Josh and Dawn were two of my
best friends for some time. I think Josh was the only friend I had in the
Air Force that fought with me like a brother. Dawn many times was like the
sister that Josh and I always teased and irritated. To this day I still think
about Josh, Dawn, and Joe Rimkus. We were like a small family, a family that
I will never forget...can't forget, and will brag on for the rest of my life.
Thanks to those who contributed to this web site....and take a look at mine
for a few more photos of Josh and a few others.
SRA John J. Yeichner <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Galion, OH USA - Thursday, June 21, 2001 at 20:43:09 (PDT)
heart goes out to you. I will never forget what happened that day, my heart
aches for your family. I want you to know that I pray for you and the other
families and friends and hope that God will bless you all.
Sonja Warren <SonjaRWarren@aol.com>
Greenville, NC USA - Friday, June 15, 2001 at 19:45:17 (PDT)
First of all, God bless your family and I am sorry for your loss. I came
across your web site and it touched my heart, as I am the fiancé of Senior
Airman John Joseph Yeichner who was a very close friend of Josh's. I have
heard many things about Josh and the time he and Joe spent together in the Air
Force. Although Joe was fortunate to escape the Khobar Towers bombing with his
life, it still affects him today. Thank you for sharing this web site with
Columbus, OH USA - Friday, June 15, 2001 at 06:22:21 (PDT)
I just wanted you to know that my heart and prayers go out to you and your family
My name is Ceceilia Leitz, my son Zachary Sutton survived the bombing.
I can't begin to know the pain you have felt and still feel over the loss of
You have created a wonderful web site to help us remember Joshua and all who
have fallen and you should be proud of your vigilance.
All my thoughts and prayers, Cecilia
RAF Alconbury UK, - Wednesday, June 14, 2001 at 20:22:38 (PST)
TSgt Jeffrey L. Thompson
Patrick AFB 1990-1997
Jeff Thompson <email@example.com>
RAF Alconbury UK, - Wednesday, January 24, 2001 at 13:51:20 (PST)
I am currently serving in the AF Reserve, but at the time of the Khobar
Towers bombing I was active duty at Incirlik AB, Turkey. This tragedy had
a great impact on me and my fellow airmen, even though we did not know Josh
personally. I found myself in Saudi Arabia 5 months later and there wasn't
a day during my time there that I didn't think about the importance and fragility
of my presence in the wake of Josh's sacrifice. I can tell you for certain
that many of us owe a debt of gratitude to Josh and the others for lives
saved since then. Your tragedy resulted in a level of security awareness
that I am positive has thwarted other cowardly attempts by terrorists. We
will never be completely safe, but as with many heroes throughout history,
Josh's death has saved the lives of others. For that, you should be very
Dayne Pritchard <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Wesley Chapel, FL USA - Tuesday, December 19, 2000 at 21:14:05 (PST)
Just wanted you all to know that my husband & I are thinking of you
at this time. The bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen has an all too familiar
Diane Morgera <email@example.com>
NH USA - Friday, October 13, 2000 at 14:55:50 (PDT)
My cousin Jr. Cartrette was one of the 19 airmen killed in the bombing. I'm sorry this
happened. My family is very sad.
Chris Heath <firstname.lastname@example.org>
New Albany, USA - Monday, August 28, 2000 at 13:19:50 (PDT)
Joshua and the other eighteen Airman who lost their lives will forever live in the hearts of us who will not and cannot forget. God bless them all.
Dover, DE USA - Saturday, July 22, 2000 at 20:57:17 (PDT)
I think about that fateful night every single day. I was asleep, then
I was on the floor. There was silence, then screaming. We were all bleeding
from somewhere. It has been a difficult four years. We all went our separate
ways, as the 4404th Civil Engineers was a composite squadron, we were assembled
from many different places, so when we finally left Dhahran, most of us would
never reunite again. That has been the worst part. I have only been able
to talk to people who weren't there; they just don't understand. Having found
your site, I feel much better. I was starting to think that the world had
forgotten our suffering, and the sacrifices of the fallen. Your site has
bolstered my hopes that this monumental waste of human life will not be forgotten.
I for one, will never forget, because I can't. Thank You.
(ex)SSgt Jeremy C. Morgan <email@example.com>
CA USA - Wednesday, July 19, 2000 at 11:11:53 (PDT)
The web site is very well done and it is obvious that a lot of work has
been put into this web site. We want Joshua's family and the families of
18 other heroes to realize that we will continue to work hard and do our
best to apprehend the perpetrators of this horrific crime.
Joint Terrorism Task Force <firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA - Thursday, July 06, 2000 at 07:14:23 (PDT)
Thank you so much for letting us know this was here. It seemed appropriate to see it for the first time today.
Thanks again for all your efforts.
Rich & Diane Morgera, 6/25/00
Diane Morgera <email@example.com>
USA - Sunday, June 25, 2000 at 15:20:01 (PDT)
I did not know your son personally but am a member of the 33FW. I did
have contact with some who gave their lives. As a father of 3 boys with
one in the Air Force, I can only imagine the grief that you feel for the
loss of your son. I have been to Saudi and stayed in Khobar Towers and jogged
around the road where the bomb went off. I thank God for sparing my life
during that time. I was not there when the bomb went off but was there the
tour before. I only wish to let you know that every time I pass the memorial
here in the 33 FW, I think of the loss that their families are feeling.
May God comfort you in the years ahead. Steve
Stephen M. Hurlbert <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Shalimar, FL USA - Thursday, June 22, 2000 at 06:22:01 (PDT)
I have come to know the squadron he was assigned to and how they feel
his loss even today. My family and I send our sincere condolences. We appreciate
your taking the time to share a little more about Josh with us. Thank you.
Carol Hoalt <email@example.com>
Shalimar, FL USA - Tuesday, June 06, 2000 at 17:29:01 (PDT)
We are very saddened to see this. I remember this on television. I am
so sorry for your loss. Your son was a hero. I feel your loss and pain and
hope one day you will be at peace..
Marc and Patty Hillman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Stockton, CA USA - Friday, May 26, 2000 at 19:28:42 (PDT)
When my husband and I saw Joshua's picture it was sad to see a face that
my husband knew and had wrestled with in high school. And to know they enlisted
at the same time and were at basic together, but sadly they did not get to
know each other. He was a wonderful person and my heart goes out to you and
your family for your lose. GOD BLESS YOU AND JOSHUA! and may his spirit live
SSGT Perry and Family <email@example.com>
Eglin AFB, FL USA - Friday, May 19, 2000 at 19:11:57 (PDT)
Hi, I don't know if ypu will remember me, but I was the
stand-in First Sergeant during that period of time. I was also a member of the
58FS from Aug 92 until Apr 97. I want to express my personal appreciation for
your efforts on the website. This is a very well put together and is a fitting
trubute to Josh and the rest of the men we lost. I wellalways remember Josh and
all the others. They were my friends, co-workers and fellow airmen. As I get
ready to retire on 1 Aug of this year, they are one memory that I will always
carry with me in my heart. Thank you for sharing your memories of Josh and the
rest with us.
MSGT Herman D. Stoneburner <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Eglin AFB, FL USA - Wednesday, May 17, 2000 at 10:55:45 (PDT)
I drive by the memorial at least once a day, and I can tell you that I have not forgotten. I remember as
if it were yesterday. Thank you for making this site, so that others may see.
SSgt. Bryan L Jones <email@example.com>
Niceville, FL USA - Wednesday, May 17, 2000 at 16:15:06 (PDT)
What a great tribute to Josh and to the other fallen men. I miss you Josh.
Dorothy McGill <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Auburn, California USA - Wednesday, May 17, 2000 at 08:54:34 (PDT)
Everyday, hundreds drive by the Memorial, may that and this site continue
to remind all Nomads of the ultimate sacrifice made by our brothers in blue.
Mike Reilly <email@example.com>
Ft Walton beach, FL USA - Wednesday, May 17, 2000 at 07:31:55 (PDT)
I think this sit was a very nice thing to do. I did not know Josh but
I was a member of the 58th Fighter Squadron and once a gorilla always a gorilla.
Renardo A. Terrell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Eglin AFB, Fl USA - Wednesday, May 17, 2000 at 07:11:45 (PDT)
Nearly four years ago I wrote in the Corning Observer that "perhaps the
only good to emerge, however, is that Josh Woody will be forever a role model
for the Corning High student body and a hero to the community of Corning.
This memorial is a wonderful reminder of Josh for those of us fortunate enough
to have known him, and it introduces Josh to those who didn't have that opportunity.
The memory of those Nineteen must never be forgotten! Bernie and George...
thank you for sharing your memories with us.
Mike Flaherty <email@example.com>
Sacramento, CA USA - Tuesday, May 16, 2000 at 21:03:24 (PDT)
Thank you for creating such a wonderful site and a place that brings all of us together again.
Yvonne Minor <firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA - Tuesday, May 16, 2000 at 19:31:03 (PDT)
I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER MY QUIET TIME WITH WOODY JUST DAYS BEFORE THE BOMBING.
HIS FAMILY WAS ALL HE WOULD TALK ABOUT GETTING BACK TO. THIS PAGE IS A GOOD
REMEMBRANCE. THANKS FOR THE PRIVILEGE
SSGT CHRISTIAN KAPLINGER <CKAPLINGER@AOL.COM>
EGLIN AFB , FL USA - Tuesday, May 16, 2000 at 13:51:06 (PDT)
A REALLY GREAT SITE. I HAD A CHANCE TO WORK WITH SOME OF THE INDIVIDUALS.
I HAD BEEN IN KHOBAR JUST A MONTH EARLIER WITH THE 59TH. GOD BLESS!!
TSgt BILL ANDERSEN <ANDERSEN@EGLIN.AF.MIL>
VALPARAISO, FL USA - Tuesday, May 16, 2000 at 13:06:56 (PDT)
Secretary to the 33d Logistics Group Commander at the time of this sad
event. Am now the secretary for the 33d Fighter Wing Commander. Proud to
see the website you have prepared for Joshua--very touching; brought tears
to my eyes once again. My best to you. Thanks for the opportunity to say
a few words.
Betty L. Halston <email@example.com>
Eglin AFB, FL USA - Tuesday, May 16, 2000 at 12:27:55 (PDT)
Not a day goes by we don't think of all you. But we know you are watching
over all of us from above. It still feels like it happened yesterday. You
will always be in our prayers. We are headed back to FL this September. We
are going to Tyndall AFB. But we will be stopping at Eglin to see the Memorial
and all of are friends that are still there. Thanks to Josh’s website we
got to see pictures of what the Memorial looks like for the first time. Josh
was a good guy. Zach remembers him well. Zach still has all of his pictures
up with all the guys together for the last time. And the one of Jr too. This
is how we keep our memories alive since we are so fare away from everyone.
These pictures will forever be up in our house. And as our son grows up he
will learn and come to know by heart all of our memories and good times with
the guys as if they where fairy tales out of children’s story books. For
which he will tell his children about you all some day too. You all are forever
alive in are heart and souls. Not a day goes by that we don't think of you.
Bless you all. And God please give us all strength to get through all of
this. Take Care. Zachary Kelly and Elijah Sutton
Zachary S Sutton and Family <Prphrt@aol.com>
Elmendorf AFB , AK USA - Monday, May 15, 2000 at 14:04:51 (PDT)
I'm the curator at the Heritage Hall and am greatly impressed with your
site. It's been almost a year since we held our memorial ceremony here and
dedicated the Khobar Towers Exhibit on the third anniversary of the bombing.
We still have family members and former supervisors visit our display. It
still has a huge emotional impact on visitors, many of whom were involved,
directly or indirectly on that fateful day. Your site will help keep everyone
aware of the price terrorism extracts on the unaware or unprepared. Keep
up the good work. Sincerely Bill Chivalette Curator, EHH
WILLIAM I. CHIVALETTE <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Montgomery, AL USA - Monday, May 15, 2000 at 09:29:36 (PDT)
Thank you very much for this wonderful site. Thank you for remembering
19 men who gave their lives for all of us. May God Bless You All. Sincerely,
Denise Oehmann Mother of SRA Earl F. Cartrette, Jr. (Khobar Victim)
Denise Oehmann <email@example.com>
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 - Saturday, May 13, 2000 at 13:43:05 (PDT)
I was very touched and moved by your web site. It is a very fitting tribute
to such a fine young man. May we never forget the sacrifice that he and others
have made on our behalf.
TSgt Brian C. Johnson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Montgomery, AL USA - Saturday, May 13, 2000 at 10:44:52 (PDT)
There is not one day that goes by that I don't think of you! I miss you and love you very much!
Jonica Woody <JWoodyMATS@aol.com>
Crofton, MD USA - Saturday, May 13, 2000 at 04:39:36 (PDT)
Fine & fitting tribute to a young man whose sacrifice in duty gives
pride to those of us who cherish freedom. My blessings to Josh's family and
to the families of the Khobar Tower bombing both living and deceased.
Jim Vitt <email@example.com>
Woodstock, GA USA - Friday, May 12, 2000 at 14:41:41 (PDT)