First Officer David Charlebois
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David Charlebois, 39, who was the first officer on American Airlines Flight 77, died in the crash at the Pentagon.

"He was handsome and happy and very centered," Travis White, a neighbor in Charlebois' Washington, D.C. neighborhood, told the Washington Post. "His life was the kind of life I wanted to have someday."

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Published in The State Journal-Register on Sep. 13, 2001.
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September 17, 2020
Rest in peace, sir. We will never forget.
McKell Swain
September 11, 2020
I remember you. I do not forget
Cecile M Arquette
Friend
May 25, 2020
Amy Sweeney class graduation from American airlines..I am not sure what year I believe 1990 DFW international airport
Charlene Jones
May 25, 2020
Betty Ann ong graduation class Feb 3 1987 87-42 class betty is on top row DFW international airport
Charlene Jones
May 25, 2020
My American airlines calogue from 87-42 flight attendant training dfw international airport
Charlene Jones
May 25, 2020
Charlene graduation class Feb 4 1988 American Airlines flight attendant I am front row by the banister dark hair 87-43 class
Charlene Jones
May 25, 2020
Charlene I guess I always knew I would be a flight attendant arms up!! Elaine swalnick Barbara with Dartmouth college sweatshirt On..our other friends
Charlene Jones
May 25, 2020
Elaine swalnick and Charlene GREEN harbor Massachusetts
Charlene Jones
May 25, 2020
Captain Beverley bass book ME and the sky Dec 2020
Charlene Jones
May 25, 2020
Elaine swalnick my best friend. Since 1958 my sister Barbara my first BEST friend
Charlene Jones
May 25, 2020
Barbara RN and another best friend Chris petrillo cohasset Massachusetts
Charlene Jones
May 25, 2020
Cape cod Massachusetts 2020
Charlene Jones
May 25, 2020
Captain Beverley bass book ME and the sky Dec 2019
Charlene Jones
May 25, 2020
Captain Beverley bass book ME and the sky
Charlene Jones
May 25, 2020
Charlene at flight 77 memorial DFW international airport
Charlene Jones
May 25, 2020
Captain Beverley bass book ME and the sky
Charlene Jones
May 25, 2020
Charlene I am running out of gloves!!..I have worn gloves since 1987 I do not even touch mail..I use gloves when we have to clean the plane less than
Charlene Jones
May 25, 2020
Tim Charlene and Susan Christmas DFW international airport 2004Charlene
Charlene Jones
May 25, 2020
Tonya Sims-hill my good friend based ORD..empty American Airlines plane..we only had 4 paxs on a trip to Mexico
Charlene Jones
May 25, 2020
Gail my sister Barbara my grandfather William macdonald Elaine and Sylvia our HAPPY place..my grandfather home in GREEN harbor Massachusetts
Charlene Jones
May 25, 2020
Captain Beverley bass book ME and the sky came out Dec 2019
Charlene Jones
May 25, 2020
My sister Barbara Christine her best friend Helen jaffarian both in HEAVEN
Charlene Jones
May 25, 2020
Charlene Mary Lou mesnick colleen Johnson Training American Airlines training center Dec 1987
Charlene Jones
December 26, 2019
We send our deepest sympathy to your family. Always may God continue to give the help needed with each new day. David is still so greatly missed and will be always be remembered with deep fondness.
The Kindred Family
November 11, 2019
Dear Denise and your family..I hope this finds you guy's good..remembering your brother David today on veteran's day..captain David served his country family friends and crewmembers..god bless you Denise and your family love Charlene
Charlene Jones
September 11, 2019
We all love you and miss you! =–<br />Denise Charlebois Burger<br />September 11, 2019
We all love you and miss you!
Denise Burger
Sister
September 11, 2019
I remember❤
Meg
Friend
September 11, 2019
18 years and you are remembered with much fondness.
Cecile Arquette
Friend
September 11, 2019
Thinking of you
August 18, 2019
Charlenes pictures have caught my attention for days. I think the DFW International memorial of 9-11 is quite respectful, but carries somber feelings.
The charlebois family would be pleased with it.
August 7, 2019
Dear Denise..again they are sidewards..maybe your grandchildren know how to operate a computer..bet they do..I am from the age of manual typewriters..no computers and phones that have no answering machine..I can also text the sidewards pictures to you and you can post them on captain David's legacy..love Charlene
Charlene Jones
Friend
August 7, 2019
Charlene at the DFW international airport memorial..by betty name July 2019
Charlene Jones
Friend
August 7, 2019
Charlene in front of American airlines flight 77 captain David DFW international airport memorial July 2019
Charlene Jones
Friend
August 7, 2019
Charlene at the American Airlines flight 77 tribute DFW international airport memorial
Charlene Jones
Friend
August 7, 2019
Dear Denise and your family..I tried to turn a couple of picture's around but I don't know how too..sorry I will see if I can get another picture that goes correctly..love Charlene BOS Logan international airport and DFW international airport
Charlene Jones
Friend
August 7, 2019
Dear Denise and your family..hi!! How are you?.are you guy's having a nice summer?..raining today in DCA..I went to the DFW international airport memorial Denise..I have some pictures I am going to post to captain David legacy..it was such a beautiful day around 2 weeks ago..sunny shining blue skies birds flying..I found so much serenity and solace there..I have not ever been to the BOS Logan memorial yet that is my hometown..nor NYC yet..I am still planning on September 11 2019 for NYC..captain Beverley bass will be there September 9 2019..September 10 2019 Mr tony Gardner said is the ceremony at the 9/11 museum..Beverley said Sept 9 2019 will be come from away..seeing her musical..on September 11 2019 she starts a book tour..I did offer my assistance free of charge..captain Beverley has not emailed me back her answer..hey I am available..I have been part of several book tours for other friends..very fast moving..yikes I am 63 now so maybe I can not keep up the pace..will keep you posted on September 11 2019..thinking of your brother captain David..God bless you Denise and your family..my email is up and working charlenenyc33@yahoo.com 617-369-2444..love Charlene flight attendant American airlines BOS Logan international airport and DFW international airport
Charlene Jones
June 17, 2019
Dear Mr and Mrs Charlebois..I sent a picture of President George Bush at DFW international airport..DFW crewmembers..I was based in DFW also..this was before Sept 11 2001...the other is the original picture of me and betty..god bless love Charlene flight attendant American airlines BOS international airport BOS Massachusetts
Charlene Jones
Friend
June 17, 2019
Charlene marie jones and betty Ann ong
Charlene Jones
June 17, 2019
President George Bush at DFW international airport with our DFW crewmembers
Charlene Jones
June 17, 2019
Dear Mr and Mrs Charlebois..I do hope you all are well..thinking of captain David on father's day..I know you miss your son especially on days like this..ME too..my father Charles is in heaven too..it's just me..I am still planning on going to NYC for September 11 2019..617-369-2444..if you ever want to talk..god bless you and your family love Charlene Marie American Airlines flight attendant BOS Logan international airport BOS Massachusetts
Charlene Jones
June 7, 2019
David, I am terribly sorry you perished on an inexplicable day of horror. No pilot should ever be put in a dire situation like that. But continue to fly with the angels, man!
Alex Lai
May 27, 2019
Tribute to our crewmembers and families lost on September 11 2001 DFW international airport
Charlene Jones
Friend
May 27, 2019
Charlene marie jones and betty Ann ong on our layover
Charlene Jones
Friend
May 27, 2019
My first flight 11 BOS-LAX 1988
Charlene Jones
Friend
May 27, 2019
Tribute in my American Airlines flight attendant APFA union magazine
Charlene Jones
Friend
May 27, 2019
Dear Mr and Mrs Charlebois and family..I found a few pictures I have in my room and pocketbook that I carry with me..I honor of our loved ones lost but NOT forgotten..god bless love Charlene marie jones flight attendant american airlines BOS Logan international airport BOS Massachusetts
Charlene Jones
Friend
May 27, 2019
Tribute to flight 11 flight 77 flight 93 flight 175 in DFW international airport
Charlene Jones
May 27, 2019
American airlines flight attendant class 87-43..I am front row dark hair by the banister
Charlene Jones
May 27, 2019
Dear Mr and Mrs Charlebois and family..I hope this finds you and your family well and healthy..today is memorial day..a day to honor your son captain David..captain David with his bravery heroism and dedication and devotion to his country his career for American airlines..your family friends and crewmembers have not gone forgotten..in fact.the opposite..proud parents of captain David..god bless you and your family..thank you captain David love Charlene Marie Jones American airlines flight attendant BOS Logan international airport BOS Massachusetts
Charlene Jones
November 12, 2018
Dear Mr and Mrs Charlebois and family..thinking of your son captain David today on veteran's day. Thank you captain David for your commitment to your family friends crewmembers and your country. May God bless you Mr and Mrs Charlebois and your family today tomorrow and always Charlene Marie Jones Flight attendant American airlines BOS Logan international airport BOS Massachusetts
Charlene Jones
September 13, 2018
Just want to say thank you from our family to all who write entries here! It's precious to read rememberences of David! He loved flying from when he was very little and we would bring my Dad to the Dulles for his work trips. David would stop with his notebook and take notes as we walked inside the airport. Then we'd always go outside and watch for Dad's plane until it was out of sight. It was a dream come true to fly! He cherished all of you! He was the best of us and we love and miss him dearly! Mom and Dad are with David now. It is my older brother and I, our children and grandchildren (who know all about Uncle David), and David's partner. We love and honor David, keep his memory alive. Thank you for sharing memories and even just that you remember! It helps, as we will never forget. We love you David!!
Denise Charlebois Burger
September 12, 2018
David M Charlebois, bench in the Pentagon Memorial Garden
Denise Burger
September 12, 2018
David M Charlebois, Arlington Cemetery, Pentagon
Denise Burger
September 12, 2018
Arlington Cemetery Pentagon Memorial
Denise Burger
September 12, 2018
I thought about you yesterday, and talked about that day with my university students. For them, September 11th is history: they were 2 or 3 years old then. For your family and partner, your friends, co-workers and all who remember you, it is fresh, and we remember.
Cecile Arquette
Classmate
September 12, 2018
Captain David Charlebois and his crew flight 77 American Airlines from my APFA union magazine..
Charlene Jones
September 12, 2018
Charlene marie jones betty Ann ong on layover flight 11 my BEST friend betty..American airlines
Charlene Jones
September 12, 2018
Charlene marie jones flight 11 my first flight BOS-LAX..BOS Logan international airport BOS Massachusetts
Charlene Jones
September 12, 2018
Dear Mr and Mrs Charlebois..September 11, 2018 is upon us yesterday..17 year's since 9/11..seems like betty ong and myself on flight 11 our flight were checking our meals..hanging up paxs coats as the American Airlines flight attendant on captain David's flight 77..its still difficult for me..I can not phathem the pain your family has endured..your son David has walked with you every passing day and will continue throughout the year's..I look at the sky in BOS today..rain..not bright and shiny..captain David bright light shines down on you today tomorrow and forever..in honor of captain David..I am proud to say he was the BEST pilot for American airlines..I know our paths have crossed during our flying days..may God bless you and your family Charlene Marie Jones American airlines flight attendant BOS Logan international airport BOS Massachusetts
Charlene Jones
September 11, 2018
I had the pleasure of taking you to your first bluegrass first concert first soda
jacqueline
September 3, 2018
Dear Mr and Mrs charlebois..taking a moment of silence for your son captain David..it is labor day were I honor all our first responders..military men and women and our crewmembers..please know your son is your son forever..a captain for American Airlines forever and friend and family man forever..bravo!!..captain David..the flag rises in your honor..Charlene Marie Jones Flight attendant American airlines BOS Logan international airport BOS Massachusetts
Charlene Jones
August 30, 2018
So very sorry for your loss.
Darrell Russell
Acquaintance
July 31, 2018
To David charlebois family..my sincere condolences to your family for the loss of your gifted son captain David..my name is Charlene Marie Jones American airlines flight attendant based BOS Logan international airport..betty and myself graduated from training 87-42 and 87-43..we both went to BOS..my hometown..betty from SFO..I had flown with captain Charles..captain john and captain thomas..I didn't have the honor to met you..yet I feel in my soul our paths have crossed..I lived in DCA from 2009-2010 and went to the Pentagon..I cried..I still cry..I salute you captain David for your courage and your love for being one of the BEST pilots for American airlines..may you shine bright light from heaven to your family and friends..I salute YOU..may god bless and watch over all your loved ones..thank YOU captain David..tailwinds..Charlene Marie Jones.flight attendant American airlines BOS Logan international airport BOS Massachusetts
Charlene Jones
September 11, 2017
Sheri
May 13, 2017
Charles
September 17, 2016
Flew out on vacation sept 11th and back sept 16th.
wear my band with David's name every day.
he's my guardian angel when I travel.
hope to meet him when my time comes.
paul baca
September 16, 2016
Kim Burgamy
September 12, 2016
With love to all those who loved you, I am remembering.
Cecile Arquette
September 11, 2016
Sheri
September 15, 2015
You are missed and loved.... Always in our hearts.
DCA Crew members
September 11, 2015
I always remember.
Cecile Arquette
September 11, 2015
sheri
September 10, 2015
I will never forget the amazing crew of Flight 93. I worked with them at UAL, and flew with them many times. God Bless.
October 14, 2014
Never forgotten and always loved! Miss you so very much!
Denise Burger
September 11, 2014
Remembered
September 11, 2014
Sheri
September 11, 2013
David, I remember the friendship and guidance you offered. The passionate intellect that you shared easily. Thank you for Blessing my life....if ever so briefly.
Dean Pulliam
September 11, 2013
David on this the 12th Anniversary it seems as it was yesterdayou are missed my friend. I think of your kindness and smile often.

Rest in Peace my friend.
Paul Marshall
September 11, 2013
Sheri Madden
September 12, 2012
David,
I remembered you yesterday, on the 11th anniversary. I talked with my son Joel about you, and how you were a friend when we were in high school. I talked about your love of flying, even when you were in your teens, and what a great person you were. It is important to remember that events that are now 'historical' involved real, wonderful people such as yourself. Joel was still 5 months away from being born on that terrible day...but I want him to know that real people died on September 11th, and one of them was you, my old friend.
Cecile Arquette
September 11, 2012
We remember. <3
September 11, 2012
Sheri
June 8, 2012
Each Day I think of the friends and families of those lost on that terrible day. Today I also lift up in prayers all of the AA family as they struggle with the changes that have forever shaped our world. Much love from Texas,
Del Newberry
February 6, 2012
David,
It was nice meeting you and to fly with you I only flew 5 times with you and I was a flight engineer at the time I knew you.You taught me so much,I and Doug where talking about you the other day coming back from LAX I am now a Frst Officer sitting in your seat all of us at AA your second family will never forget the great times we had together flying together You are the Captain with your gold wing's in heaven watch over your family and your family with AA my friend
Frst. Officer Dave Jones
September 11, 2011
I have had a Mercy Band with David's name since around Thanksgiving 2001. Putting it on every day is as automatic as putting on my pants. The band is for Bearing Another's Name Daily. There wasn't much I could do from Albuquerque in the days after 9/11, but I chose David (and I did ask for his band) to remember daily as my tribute to those who died. I view him as my personal guurdian angel, not just when I fly, but just living my life in general. He seemed like a great person and hope to meet him when my time comes. To those who knew and loved him, his name and memory continue to bring comfort and guidence, at least to me.
Paul Baca
September 11, 2011
Today our small community held a National Day of Remembrance. I received David's name on a rosette. I have prayed for your family and friends. Your memory is not forgotten
Dawn Widney
September 11, 2011
I had the privilege of meeting David in Rehoboth Beach about two weeks before 09/11/01. He and his partner were introduced to me through other friends who have a home there. When people say it is a small world, it really is. I will always remember David, very happy, on the beach, enjoying himself on a beautiful late August weekend.
Bradford Dunkin
September 11, 2011
Tom and the whole Charlebois family,
Peace be with you on this tenth remembrance of that day. There are so many who have written here over the years and it is a comfort to read and re-read them.
I am proud that I was able to know David for a short time.

Bob Rohden
Bob Rohden
September 11, 2011
A decade has passed since that terrible day....but you are not forgotten friend...and never will be!!
John
September 11, 2011
Dave, I miss the times at the river and the conversation...rest in Peace with the Lord, my friend.
September 10, 2011
To Family and Friends,
Words will never be enough. Please know that so many of the AA family are thinking of you this weekend. We have not forgotten.
September 9, 2011
Thinking of all the lives lost. God bless all of you resting in the heavens.
J Obando
May 4, 2011
They got him David.... Rest my friend.
Dca crew member
May 3, 2011
9/11/01 NEVER FORGET
February 23, 2011
I had known Davis back @ Embry riddle he was a good man, and a great loss to the aviation world
September 11, 2010
David,

I can still remember running into you at the gym on Monday 9/10/01 and as you always did, you had a big smile on your face and it was always very nice talking to you and getting to know you over those short two years. You had such a good heart and you are still very much missed. I still remember the last words you said to me. " I am leaving tomorrow for LA, I will see you when I get back".

Stephen, Washigton DC
September 11, 2010
David,

On the anniversary of this day, I will reflect as I have every anniversary this past decade.

I will dig out my old logbook, run my finger over your signature, go down to the airfield, and remember when the world was young.

It is a good day to fly.
Doug
August 13, 2010
Never had the pleasure of knowing you, but we shared the same surname and features.
RIP David
Jo-Ann Charlebois - Canada
Jo-Ann Charlebois
September 13, 2009
David,
You know from Heaven what a profound effect you had on this young nieve guy starting out in GSO.You were my friend right away and helped to point me in the right direction.You told me to be proud of who I was and I am! I remember you talking so proudly about Tom and listening to you told me how it would be for me some day.You told me to read up to broaden my knowledge and I am a writer now too.Thank you David,you were a Blessing to my life and I remember you often with a smile.
Dean Pulliam
September 11, 2009
Thank you for taking me around on career day to the airport when I was young. I'll never forget you.
Elizabeth Kelley
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