Will G. Merrill Jr., “a native of Ashland, Wisconsin, graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point
with the Class of 1958. He served overseas for eleven years in Germany, Vietnam, Korea and Greece. He retired from the U.S.
Army with the rank of Colonel in 1989. He is a graduate of the Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Army Ranger
Course, the Army Airborne Course, the Armed Forces Staff College and the DOD Language School courses in Spanish and Greek.
He has also earned a Master’s Degree in Business from Webster College. After completing his military service he became
Vice President of a nationwide Home Inspection Service and later Vice President of a Wireless Communications Company.
personal decorations include the Department of Defense Superior Service Award, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Four Meritorious
Service Medals, Army Commendation Medal and Vietnamese Honor Medal.” Colonel Will G. Merrill Jr. is the author
of 9/11 Ordinary People: Extraordinary Heroes: NYC - The First Battle in the War Against Terror!
to the book description of 9/11 Ordinary People: Extraordinary Heroes: NYC - The First Battle in the War Against
Terror!, “as the tenth anniversary of the attack on New York City approaches, this new book relates the
stories of many heroic people directly involved at the World Trade Center on 9/11. On September 11, 2001, American Airlines
Flight 11 left Boston’s Logan airport at 7:59 a.m., followed fifteen minutes later, at 8:14 a.m., by United Airlines
Flight 175. Both jets were subsequently hijacked by Islamic fundamentalist terrorists and rerouted to a flight path headed
toward Manhattan. At 8:47 a.m., just 48 minutes after take-off, Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade
Center; at 9:03 a.m., 16 minutes later, Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center.
The images of these moments are forever etched in the
minds of those who watched them unfold in person and on television. The stories rendered here with stunning emotion and depth
of feeling by retired Army Colonel Will Merrill Jr. will stand as vivid reminders of the deep sense of pain experienced by
an entire nation. Interviews feature more than sixty heroic people directly involved with the events of that day, including
Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the Fire Commissioner of New York City, two Department Chiefs of the Port Authority Police Department
and the Senior Deputy Chief of the New York City Police Department as well as ordinary people affected by the loss of human
life. Colonel Merrill evokes the spirit of the fallen as both a reminder that the threat of terrorism is still very real and
to call attention to those still suffering from the effects of that horrific day.