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Some Terrorist Attacks Victims

October 18, 2001

Some of those confirmed dead, reported dead or missing in the terrorist attacks Sept. 11:

RET. MASTER SGT. MAX BEILKE, 69, officially was the last American combat soldier to leave Vietnam in 1973. He was a civilian employee at the Pentagon who worked on veterans issues. Beilke, who was drafted in the Korean War, was the kid who’d always had a fishing pole in his hand, joined the U.S. Army and saw the world, said his sister, Lucille Johnson. ``We could see him leaving (Vietnam) on television,″ Johnson said of her brother’s return. ``We all just beamed because we knew he’d soon be home safely.″

ARCELIA CASTILLO, 49, of Elizabeth, N.J., a native of Colombia, once worked every Saturday for free so she could learn the accounting business. She worked as a junior accountant at Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc. in the World Trade Center. She was a few months away from having an associate’s degree in accounting, and went to work early on Sept. 11 so she could leave early for classes at Union County College in Elizabeth.

BARBARA M. HABIB, 49, of New York, a vice president at Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc., normally worked in midtown Manhattan but was at the World Trade Center for a seminar. She was a lover of pets and a member of the Humane Society and the Bide-A-Wee Foundation for stray animals, but she had owned none since marrying her husband, Ray, three years ago. ``Instead of having a pet, she had me,″ Habib said. The two renovated an apartment in Brooklyn, where they were born, and planned to move there from Staten Island in September. ``Her life, at 50 years old, was just about to start being the years for her,″ her husband said.

KEITH ROMA, 27, of New York, worked for the New York Fire Patrol, a firefighting assistance organization run by the New York Board of Fire Underwriters that typically responds to commercial fires. Once his unit was called to the World Trade Center, he called his father, a retired New York police officer and volunteer firefighter. ``He said, `You wouldn’t believe it, Dad, the World Trade Center is going,‴ Arnold Roma said. ``These are the last words I said to my son: `I’ll meet you there.‴

ADAM WHITE, 25, of New York, N.Y., was an avid skier and rock climber. ``Adam was an extraordinarily passionate young man, and he had a deep love of the environment,″ said his uncle, Webb Robertson. White put his environmental interest to use at his job at Cantor Fitzgerald. The broker helped some power plants reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, said his mother, Melissa Turnage. She said she always thought his office on the 106th floor of the World Trade Center was far too high. ``It looked like a precarious place to be,″ she said. ``I wondered how he would get out if anything happened.″

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