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Patrick Joseph Driscoll

September 8, 2009
It is my honor to write a tribute about Patrick Joseph (Joe) Driscoll, whom I did not know, but who fought hard on September 11/2001 for our freedoms.
Patrick Joseph Driscoll was 70 years old on September 11, 2001.  He boarded Flight 93 early that morning, on his way to a much anticipated hike in Yosemite National Park.   “Joe” loved hiking, and the outdoors.  He used to tell his wife that when he reached the summit, it was like being closer to God.  “Joe” had been in the Navy during the Korean war, putting in 4 long years.  When he returned, he attained his Master’s Degree and went to work for Bell Telephones.  From what I’ve read, it seems he put as much energy into that as he did on his beloved hikes.  He was known to break out singing his favorite Irish songs, and he never backed down from a fight in his younger days.
That particular morning he was probably excited to be on his way.   He was in great shape, and had looked forward to this hike.  He was seated on the aisle, in seat 15C, which turned out to be a fortuitous place.  I am absolutely sure that “Joe” was one of the first passengers to start making a plan when the hijacking started.
His past now came into play.   A lifetime of hard work, hard exercise and navy background had come to fruition.
“Joe” Driscoll would have sized up the situation quickly, he would have realized that action was needed.  “Joe”, and the other passengers were truly heroes.   They stood up and fought back, knowing the odds were very small that they would survive.   As they barrelled down the plane’s aisle towards the cockpit, their resolve was undaunted.   I am so proud of “Joe” and the others, and will never forget what they accomplished that day.  His family should be very proud!  I am humbled by their sacrifice.JoeDriscoll
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3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 11, 2009 4:04 am

    Thank you for this tribute-Joe will not be forgotten.

  2. September 11, 2009 3:39 pm

    Gymgalca, I instantly recognized Joe Driscoll, as one of the passengers on United Flight 93. Yes – indeed, he was one of the heroes who fought back. Thank you.

  3. TL Wilson permalink
    October 17, 2009 4:19 am

    Thank you for remembering this hero, Joe Driscoll.

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