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Veterans offer unique perspective then, now

September 9, 2011
Ashley Rittenhouse ( , The Marietta Times

Beverly resident and U.S. Army veteran Jerry Tucker was working at a power plant in Beverly on Sept. 11, 2001, when he and his co-workers heard on a radio that terrorist attacks had been launched against the United States.

"We couldn't believe it, of course, and we certainly don't want it to happen again," said Tucker, 65, who fought in the Vietnam War. "I felt like we ought to be united and give our support to all the firemen and military and police departments."

Sept. 11, 2001 was a somber day for many, but for many veterans who had served their country, it was especially difficult to see the nation under attack.

"When you're a vet you're proud of your country and anybody that messes with it, you take it to heart," said Brad Webb, 40, of Beverly. "I've been a lot of places in the world through the service and I wouldn't live any place else."

Webb, who served in the U.S. Air Force between 1989 and 1993, pondered re-joining the military after learning what had happened.

"Just to see us get attacked like that, I couldn't hack it," Webb said. "We haven't had an attack like this since Pearl Harbor and if we don't stay on the offensive, it's only a matter of time before it happens again."

Marietta resident George Wulfert, a U.S. Army veteran who served from 1951 through 1953, said although he's happy to be living in America, he believes more attacks on the United States are inevitable.

"We have to become more defensive, quit turning the other cheek (and) take some action," he said. "We need to become leaders again instead of being followers."

Wulfert said he had a hard time comprehending what had happened when he saw airplanes crashing into the World Trade Center towers on television.

He said he just happened to be watching the Today show on NBC when it occurred.

"(I knew) it couldn't have been accidental - it didn't happen that way," said Wulfert, 81. "I knew somebody was behind it but I didn't know who."

The 10th anniversary of the attacks isn't just a day for remembrance, said Marietta resident Jack Workman, who served in the U.S. Navy between 1943 and 1947 and fought in World War II. It's also a time to be proud, he said.

"We've naturally had our ups and downs but as far as I'm concerned, the USA is still the greatest country in the world," said Workman, 87. "I love the USA."



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