After 9-11: One Alumnus-Soldier’s Story

Bingham Jamison in Iraq

Bingham Jamison in Iraq

Bingham Jamison had his life all planned out 10 years ago. As student in U.Va.’s McIntire School of Commerce, he had spent the summer between his third and fourth years in the Marine Corps’ Officer Candidate School — not because he planned to become a Marine officer, but because he thought it would give him a leg up in securing a lucrative Wall Street career.

Then came 9-11.

When the second plane hit the World Trade Center, the plan for my life that I had worked so hard to craft and to execute to that point vanished. Like so many others that day, my life was forever changed: witnessing the destruction of the heart of Wall Street, both literally and, for me, metaphorically; consoling loved ones in grief; and feeling that nauseating realization that America was at war.

Shaking with rage and overcome with grief, I felt utterly helpless as we sat and watched the horror unfold. I remember watching the particularly disturbing footage of people leaping from the burning buildings to their deaths, and at that moment I decided to put my investment career on hold. I was being called to serve my country in Her time of need, to join the Marines, and take part in my generation’s fight against terrorism.

You can read the rest here, in an essay he wrote in May for Time magazine. It was penned in the days after the death of Osama bin Laden, but it has great resonance this week as we begin to observe the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that changed the course of modern American history.


2 Comments on “After 9-11: One Alumnus-Soldier’s Story

  1. So here we are 10 years later and still there are 28 pages of the 9/11 report which haven’t been released! This video sheds a lot of light on what those 28 pages might have in them.. Let us grow out of the silly idea that a bunch of cave dwelling Afghanis were able to pull something like that off! Americans deserve closure. Send this video out to everyone you know!

  2. (Please pass this around)

    Gawker Media, located at Gawker Media LLC, 210 Elizabeth Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY, 10012 is a travesty to the 9/11 victims. These people and this publication have made a practice of exposing the identities of intelligence officers, including those involved in the killing of Bin Laden, in order to attempt to get those American intelligence officers killed. This is a proven and widely reported fact in international media. Look it up in any search engine. type in “Gawker outs cia…” The utter disdain for the law and common decency is the essence of Gawker Media. The media reports they were also involved in hacking the phones of victims. Please write them and their advertisers and let them know what you think. If somebody knows how to organize a flashmob to picket these people, please do it! Look at:

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