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Minuteman Minute | Sgt. Howard Wulforst at Ground Zero

For Sgt. Howard Wulforst of the New York National Guard, 9/11 was a call to arms and a personal tragedy. He responded to Ground Zero with the 101st Cavalry while searching for his uncle, who worked at the World Trade Center.

Hi, I’m Will Roulett, Director of the National Guard Memorial Museum, here in D.C, and this is YOUR Minuteman Minute! For many New York National Guardsmen, 9/11 was a call to arms and a personal tragedy. Sergeant Howard Wulforst of New York’s 101st Cavalry wore this uniform when he responded to Ground Zero, beginning September 11, 2001. With the 101st, Wulforst was assigned to security and escort missions in lower Manhattan. However, Wulforst’s mother also charged him with a personal mission, “find my brother.” His uncle worked in the North Tower of the World Trade Center. As weeks went by, Wulforst confronted the reality that his uncle might not be recovered. He decided to fill this plastic bottle with debris from Ground Zero as a tangible way to bring his uncle home and allow his family to mourn. Before he could present the bottle to his family, remains of his uncle were identified, allowing his family to lay him to rest. Come see this and a whole lot more at the National Guard Memorial Museum. I’m Will Roulett, and that’s been your Minuteman Minute brought to you by the National Guard Educational Foundation.