9/11 victims are today's #VeteranOfTheDay.

On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, today’s #VeteranOfTheDay are those who lost their lives during the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Flight 93.

Twenty years after the fatal tragedies at the World Trade Center in New York City, at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and on United Airways Flight 93, Sept. 11 still serves as a constant reminder of the domestic and foreign threats that our country has faced throughout history.

The casualty totals from 9/11 were 2,977 lives lost. 441 first responders died during the rescue attempts; 246 passengers and crew were lost on the four flights; and 2,290 people were killed during the attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

VA is dedicating today’s #VeteranOfTheDay to those brave Veterans who lost their lives as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Below are the victims buried in VA national cemeteries. Their names are linked to their 9/11 Memorial page. Their cemetery location is linked to their Veterans Legacy Memorial page, where people can click and leave a tribute.

We honor their service.

At the World Trade Center

Gerard Baptiste, Army Veteran

Born March 11, 1966, buried at Calverton National Cemetery

Larry Bowman, Army Veteran

Born Sept. 2, 1955, buried at Florida National Cemetery

Jose Manuel Cardona, Army Veteran

Born Dec. 12, 1964, buried at Calverton National Cemetery

John Gerard Chipura, Marine Corps Veteran

Born Nov. 27, 1961, buried at Long Island National Cemetery

Denease Renae Conley, Navy Veteran

Born May 28, 1957, buried at Leavenworth National Cemetery

Michael Sean Curtin, Marine Corps Veteran

Born Aug. 24, 1956, buried at Calverton National Cemetery

Matthew David Garvey, Marine Corps Veteran

Born Oct. 31, 1963, buried at Long Island National Cemetery

Tara McCloud Gray, Navy Veteran

Born Oct. 23, 1970, buried at Calverton National Cemetery

Michael C. Howell, Army Veteran

Born Nov. 2, 1940, buried at Calverton National Cemetery

Brian Leander Jones, Marine Corps Veteran

Born May 9, 1957, buried at Calverton National Cemetery

Gary Edward Koecheler, Army Veteran

Born Feb. 21, 1944, buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery

Louise A. Lynch, wife of Army Veteran Joseph Lynch

Born June 3, 1943, buried at Calverton National Cemetery

Edward J. Martinez, Navy Veteran

Born July 11, 1941, buried at Calverton National Cemetery

Stephen F. Masi, Marine Corps Veteran

Born September 23, 1945, buried at Long Island National Cemetery

Brian Grady McDonnell, Army Veteran

Born May 21, 1963, buried at Calverton National Cemetery

Rocco A. Medaglia, Army Veteran

Born Jan. 16, 1952, buried at Long Island National Cemetery

Craig James Miller, Army Veteran

Born Nov. 4, 1971, buried at Quantico National Cemetery

Charles M. Mills Jr., Army Veteran

Born Nov. 17, 1939, buried at Calverton National Cemetery

Frank J. Niestadt Jr., Air Force Veteran

Born Aug. 7, 1946, buried at Calverton National Cemetery

Alexander Ortiz, Army Veteran

Born April 24, 1965, buried at Calverton National Cemetery

Pablo Ortiz, Navy Veteran

Born Jan. 25, 1952, buried at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery

James W. Parham, Marine Corps Veteran

Born Sept. 13, 1968, buried at Calverton National Cemetery

Glenn Kerrin Pettit, son of Navy Veteran John Pettit

Born June 9, 1971, buried at Long Island National Cemetery

Richard A. Prunty, Army Veteran

Born Jan. 18, 1944, buried at Calverton National Cemetery

Matthew L. Ryan, Army Veteran

Born June 23, 1947, buried at Long Island National Cemetery

Anthony Savas, Army Veteran

Born Oct. 8, 1928, buried at Calverton National Cemetery

John G. Scharf, Marine Corps Veteran

Born June 2, 1972, buried at Calverton National Cemetery

Linda J. Sheehan, daughter of Army Veteran Daniel J. Sheehan

Born Dec. 16, 1960, buried at Florida National Cemetery

Kevin J. Smith, Marine Corps Veteran

Born Aug. 20, 1954, buried at Calverton National Cemetery

Lawrence T. Stack, Navy Veteran

Born Dec. 10, 1942, buried at Calverton National Cemetery

Richard Bruce Van Hine, Navy Veteran

Born July 25, 1953, buried at Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery

Glenn Edward Wilkinson, Navy Veteran

Born April 19, 1955, buried at Calverton National Cemetery

Joseph J. Zuccala, Army Veteran

Born Nov. 13, 1946, buried at Calverton National Cemetery

At the Pentagon/On Flight 77

Melissa Rose Barnes, Navy Veteran

Born Nov. 28, 1973, buried at Riverside National Cemetery

Daniel Martin Caballero, Navy Veteran

Born Nov. 21, 1979, buried at Houston National Cemetery

William E. Caswell, Army Veteran

Born June 22, 1947, buried at Baltimore National Cemetery

Johnnie Doctor Jr., Navy Veteran

Born Oct. 21, 1968, buried at Beaufort National Cemetery

Jamie Lynn Fallon, Navy Veteran

Born Dec. 3, 1977, buried at Quantico National Cemetery

Nehamon Lyons IV, Navy Veteran

Born March 4, 1971, buried at Little Rock National Cemetery

Diana Beatriz Padro, Army Veteran

Born Aug. 11, 1946, buried at Puerto Rico National Cemetery

Rhonda Sue Rasmussen, wife of Army Veteran Floyd A. Rasmussen

Born Oct. 15, 1956, buried at Riverside National Cemetery

Marsha D. Stallworth Ratchford, Navy Veteran

Born May 26, 1967, buried at Mobile National Cemetery

Donald Dean Simmons, Army Veteran

Born Jan. 6, 1943, buried at Quantico National Cemetery

Cheryle D. Sincock, wife of Army Veteran Craig W. Sincock

Born April 22, 1948, buried at Quantico National Cemetery

Karen J. Wagner, Army Veteran

Born Feb. 22, 1961, buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery

On Flight 93

Marion Ruth Britton, daughter of Navy Veteran Francis Bauer Britton

Born April 28, 1948, buried at Long Island National Cemetery

Thomas E. Burnett Jr., Air Force Veteran

Born May 29, 1963, buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery


Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDay

Do you want to light up the face of a special Veteran? Have you been wondering how to tell your Veteran they are special to you? VA’s #VeteranOfTheDay social media feature is an opportunity to highlight your Veteran and his/her service.

It’s easy to nominate a Veteran. Visit our blog post about nominating to learn how to create the best submission.


#VeteranOfTheDay Contributors

Writer: Guillermo Osorio and Sarah Concepcion

Editor: Katherine Berman and Julia Pack

Fact checker: Lia Sansoucy

Graphic artist: Kiki Kelley

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  1. Senior Veterans Care Network September 13, 2021 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    We honor the service of all veterans who were victims of the 9/11 attacks.

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