Friday, August 15, 2014

Men of Honor

There is a Land of the Living
And a Land of the Dead,
And the Bridge is Love,
The only Survival,
The only Meaning.
- Thornton Wilder

On Tuesday, September 11, 2001 thirty of those who were murdered by the cowards who hijacked the four jet planes were at the Pentagon.  They died when hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon, which crash killed all of the passengers and crew on the plane as well as thirty souls on the ground. 

Kris Romeo Bishundat was twenty-three years old when he died on September 11, 2001.  He was an Information Systems Technician, Second Class, in the United States Navy.  Bishundat was the eldest of three children.  He had been in the United States Navy for six years as of the time of his death.  In addition to serving our country, Bishundat had found the time to attend college - balancing the taking of classes as the University of Maryland's University College with his duties at his post at the Pentagon.  Bishundat had only been assigned to the Pentagon approximately three months before he died.   He was survived by his parents, Bhola and Basmattie, who had to endure every parent's worst nightmare in burying their child, and his two younger sisters, Danita and Devita.  On October 18, 2001 this young American hero was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Daniel M. Caballero was twenty-one years old when he was murdered on the morning of September 11, 2001.  He too was a member of the United States Navy.  He was a Petty Officer, Third Class.  Petty Officer Caballero had been in the United States Navy for three years at the time of his death.  His area of expertise was electronics.  Petty Officer Caballero was a native Texan, born in Houston.  While posted at the Pentagon, he worked at the Chief of Operations Naval Communications Center.  During his relatively brief time in the Navy, he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal twice, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and a Purple Heart.  His parents, Andres and Carmen, were too tasked with the tragedy of having to bury their own child.  In addition to his parents, Petty Officer Caballero was survived by his sisters, Andrea and Claudia.

So nigh is grandeur to our dust,
So near to God is Man, 
When Duty whispers low, "Thou must",
The Youth replies, "I can". 
-Ralph Waldo Emerson    

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