By Nancy Price
On Sept. 11, 2001, our nation experienced the deadliest terrorist attack in history when four U.S. passenger airlines were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists. Nearly 2,980 individuals lost their lives that day. A month later, a Southside resident named John Spanogle was on his way to Afghanistan for the U.S. Army Special Forces training. A soldier in a distant country, he lived the constant pressure of remaining alert, dodging bullets from the enemy, even holding guns in his sleep, ready to defend himself if attacked. There were no guarantees of a tomorrow.
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