National September 11 Memorial & Museum Archives - Page 3 of 5 - StoryCorps

Antonia Landgraf and Matthew Gambale

landgraf_giovanna1 Giovanna “Gennie” Gambale (pictured at left) worked at Cantor Fitzgerald on the 105th floor of the North Tower at the World Trade Center. Her sister, Antonia Landgraf (above left) also worked in the World Trade Center—but 100 floors below Gennie. On the morning of September 11, 2001, Antonia managed to leave her office and went home to wait for her sister—but Gennie never made it out of the building. She was 27 when she was killed.

At StoryCorps, Antonia and her brother Matthew Gambale (above right) remember how the community came together in the days following the attacks.

Recorded September 30, 2009.

Andrea Doctor

Johnnie Doctor, Jr. was an information systems technician first class in the United States Navy. He worked at the Pentagon and was killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Johnnie’s wife, Andrea, came to StoryCorps to talk about that day and how she has drawn on Johnnie’s strength to move forward.

Recorded September 12, 2008.

Dina LaFond and Anita Korsonsky

korsonsky_extraJeanette LaFond-Menichino worked on the 94th floor in the North Tower of the World Trade Center. With little higher education, she managed to work her way up to Senior Account Analyst at Guy Carpenter, a subsidiary of Marsh McLennan.

Her sister, Anita LaFond-Korsonsky, and her mother, Dina LaFond, came to StoryCorps to remember Jeannette’s determination

Dina leads tours for visitors to Ground Zero and says that the experience has helped in her grieving process. Anita has never revisited the site of the Twin Towers. Instead, she prefers to look out towards Manhattan from across the water at Eagle Rock Reservation’s 9/11 memorial, where she leaves cards and flowers for her sister.

Recorded August 8, 2008.

Bernell Sutton

sutton_claudiaClaudia Sutton (pictured at left) was an accountant at Cantor Fitzgerald with an office on the 101st floor of the World Trade Center’s North Tower. She was killed in the attacks on September 11, 2001.

At StoryCorps, her husband, Bernell Sutton, recalls their last morning together.

Recorded September 18, 2009.

Photo courtesy of Bernell Sutton.

Nancy Cimei

cimei_michaelNew York City firefighter Michael D’Auria (pictured at left) had only been on the job for nine weeks when his engine company rushed to the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

He and four other members of his company were among the first responders killed that day.

Nancy Cimei came to StoryCorps to remember her son.

Recorded January 31, 2008.

Dae Jin Ryook, Kyung Woo Rook and Lauren Woo

ryook_c1Christina Sunga Ryook (pictured with her parents at left) worked in the human resources department of Cantor Fitzgerald on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center’s North Tower. She was 25 years old when she was killed in the attacks on September 11, 2001.

Her parents, Dae Jin (pictured above left) and Kyung Woo Ryook (pictured above right), came to StoryCorps with Christina’s friend Lauren Woo (pictured above center) to remember their daughter and share their pain. Asked by Lauren what he would say to Sunga today, her father Daejin would tell her, “I’m sorry and I love you. Because, I never said I’m sorry to my daughter. I never said I love you to my daughter. I was kind of tough father to Sunga.”

Recorded May 5, 2009.

Photo courtesy of the Woo Ryook family. 

Christine Kraft

After hearing about the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001, Red Cross volunteer Christine Kraft headed straight to Ground Zero. There, she was tasked with taking care of first responders on the scene.

Christine came to StoryCorps to talk about how people from across the city came together to help in the rescue effort.

Recorded September 5, 2008.

Racquel Kelley

Racquel Kelley was working at the Pentagon on the morning of September 11, 2001 when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building. At the time, Kelley had an 8-month-old son at home.

She came to StoryCorps to talk about her memories of that day.

Recorded May 21, 2006.

Brenda Kenny and Mike Kenny

Mike Kenny worked at Ground Zero during the recovery effort after the September 11 attacks.

He came to StoryCorps with his wife, Brenda, to talk about his work and the effect it had on their family.

Recorded December 5, 2008.

James Perry and Patricia Perry

Police Officer John W. Perry was killed in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001. John was also a lawyer, an actor, a multilinguist, an athlete, and a civil liberties activist.

His parents, Patricia and James Perry, came to StoryCorps to remember him.

Recorded May 1, 2008.