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Locals recall 9/11ten years later

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 9/7/11

Tony Moser was beginning his junior year at North Bend Central High School when the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks occurred. He had already been planning on joining the service after high school, but this act of terrorism solidified his decision. His older brother Bob was in the first wave of defense sent to Iraq.

In July 2003, Moser joined the Army Reserve. In 2004 he was deployed with the 915 Transportation Company out of Council Bluffs to Iraq and was there for 12 months. In 2008 he was deployed once again with the 443 Transportation Company out of Omaha. This time he was there for 11 months. His mission was to haul supplies wherever needed in Iraq and Kuwait.

“It was an amazing experience,” Moser, 26, said. “It gave me a different perspective on how other people live. You didn’t see the good stuff Americans did on TV. Many times we were cheered as we drove. I felt the majority of the people liked us being there.”

Moser feels the events of 9/11 brought Americans closer - on a world-wide basis. There had been terrorist attacks all over the world prior to 9/11. The events of that day opened Americans eyes to their own vulnerability.

Jacque Rangeloff has two sons who served in the military. Dave in the Army Reserves and Dan Rangeloff in the Navy, were both actively involved in the first Gulf War in 1990-1991. Dave was activated in 2004 and served in Iraq, stationed near Bagdad. He was in a supply unit serving most of his time on the base which experienced mortar attacks almost daily. Dave lost a friend from one such attack.
With sons in danger, Rangeloff, 64. felt fear for the safety of her sons. Rangeloff said that the 9/11 event and all things that have happened since then have strengthened her faith.

“You’re not in control; there are many things in our lives we are not in control of,” she said. “What happened on 9/11 is one of them.”

Samantha Renter, 20, was in fifth grade when 9/11 happened. She said she had no idea what had happened but remembers that her teacher and mom cried.

“9/11 changed our lives a lot and most of it good things such as increased security,” Renter said. “But I don’t think it should have come down to an attack.”
Renter said that people still talk about it like it was last year and there could have been more attacks that we prevented, but we just didn’t hear about them.

“It’d be pretty hard to top that one,” she said.

Jamie Spath, 21, was in sixth grade when it happened. The youngest of four girls, she remembers her older sisters going to the gas station to fill up their cars thinking gas prices would go up - and there was a line at the Mini-Mart as others were thinking the same thing.

“We didn’t know what to expect after 9/11,” Spath said.

She has noted increased security at airports in particularly.
Beth Vech’s daughter, Claire, lives and works in New York City, giving Vech reason to visit.

Vech thinks 9/11 has changed people for the better, if they remember what we lost.

“In general if you remember 9/11 then people come together,” she said. “I think we easily revert to focus on our own little things, but if we think about 9/11, we pull together.”

Vech has seen some of the movies and television stories about 9/11 and is amazed at some of them.

“People are survivors. It’s what’s inside you that makes you want to live.”
Lois Lambley has seen the effect of 9/11 in her favorite hobby, traveling.

“Flying is not as much fun as it used to be,” she said, “but if you want to do something, you’d better do it now. 9/11 is another reminder that life is fleeting.”

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