Wilson "Bud" Flagg
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Wilson Flagg, 63, of Millwood, Virginia, a U.S. Navy Admiral and pilot with American Airlines before his retirement.

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Published in The State Journal-Register on Sep. 13, 2001.
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September 18, 2020
Buddy - you left us all a great legacy! You were widely admired, and touched the lives of thousands in a great and positive way. We all thank you for your service and for your friendship, Sir! Bravo Zulu!!
James Pixley
September 17, 2020
Thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family and friends who still mourn this loss. We will never forget.
McKell Swain
November 22, 2019
RIP, sir.
September 11, 2017
Remembered. Thank you sir for your service, your courage, your sacrifice. I pray God blesses your family with peace this day. We celebrate your life
May 4, 2017
Sorry sir that it took so long to get back to you and Dee. I still remember you asking me to make a name tag for your flight jacket with ADM Big Mac McDonald. I was in such a hurry Left out the L in your last name and you walked around DC with it all week.And you laughed at it with me God Bless You are a hero to all of us

PR2 Leslie R Newman USN
VFP-206 NAF Wash DC
Leslie Newman
January 15, 2016
I met Admiral Bud Flagg while working at American Airlines (Aircraft Maintenance)at JFK. I believe it was sometime in 1994. I was introduced to him by a fellow reservist. I recall our first conversation while on a maintenance delay we got to talking about common interests; service-duty, honor,country. Admiral Flagg was a nice down to earth gentlemen and shared with me lots of professional and personal information. I worked the night shift and would look forward to talking to him before his international outbound flights. I saw his name listed as one of the passengers it really hit home. I knew this man, a good man, a decorated aviator and a fellow employee at the airline. I think of him whenever someone mentions 9-11, I will never forget him. May his and his wife's souls rest in peace. Lt Col Elliot Safdie, USAF Reserve.
Elliot Safdie
April 13, 2015
You were born male, but showed the world what it took to be a MAN. What a fine Naval officer, AA Pilot and husband. May we all continue Bud's legacy and be kind to everyone we meet. Thank you for your service to our country. I pray for Bud and Dee's friends and family whose lives were forever altered on that horrible day. Much love from Texas
Del Newberry
September 11, 2014
Thank you for your service to freedom. You are remembered. May God comfort and bless your family
November 23, 2012
Jeff Pixley
November 21, 2012
To The Flagg Family,
I know that it's been 11 years, but, 9/11 still remains one of the saddest days of my life. I did not know Mr. Flagg but I do have faith that one day I may have the pleasure of meeting him and the thousands of other innocent ones who died during the WTC attacks when God remembers all righteous ones and brings them back to life during the "Great Resurrection."

Mr. Terry of NC
September 11, 2011
James Pixley
September 10, 2011
Your AA family will always remember. You will never be forgotten.
September 10, 2011

You may be gone but your not forgotten!

Fair Winds and Following Seas
Pete Mulcahy
September 9, 2011
Bud and Dee were my landlords. We rented a condo from them in Brookfield CT from 1987-90. They were so very kind to us, reducing our deposit and giving us a gift when our daughter was born. When we bought a house they gave as a housewarming gift, even though it meant they had lost their renters! I remember calling Bud because our water heater wasn't working. He showed up with his tools and started in working. When I asked him what he did he said "I do a little work for the Navy". After further investigation I found out he was an Admiral working at the Pentagon. I will always remember how kind they both were to a young midwestern couple who were a long way from home. God rest their souls.
Steve Cotten
January 26, 2010
January 26, 2010
January 24, 2010
The finest Officer I have ever served with!

You and your family will always be in my thoughts and prayers.

Rest in peace shipmate.
Capt Pete Mulcahy
November 1, 2009
I never personally knew Admiral Flagg, but I knew his wife, Darlene and her mother, Mrs. Ada Embree. I used to pick Ada up for church on Sundays, and would take her back to the convalescent home where she enjoyed her many friends and the activities of the center. I had the occasion to meet Darlene a number of times, and was kept abreast of Buddy and Darlene's ongoing adventures by Ada. The loss of Mrs. Embree was painful to many, and I was horrified to see Buddy and Darlene's names on the passenger list for Flight 77 on Sept. 11, 2001. I salute you, Admiral, for your service to our country, and I will hold the memories of your family in my heart forever.
James Pixley
August 13, 2009
To the family of Wilson "Bud" Flagg:
Bud gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. My deepest sympathy to you. We must never forget!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers
June 13, 2009
Served on his staff of REDCOM II
Scotia, NY as Senior Enlisted Advisor for Cryptology. a truely great man and wonderful wife..
Lincoln Grimm
January 14, 2009
BUD, I never met you but thank you for your service to our Country and may God Bless Your Soul Amen
Gary Thomas
October 30, 2008
Dear Mr. Flagg, You was my maintenance officer in VF162 1964-1965. You was the BEST Pilot we had . You could really fly that F8. I found you looking for you to help me prove that I was in Viet Nam. I am so saddened to know that you are gone. May God bless your family and your many friends. I only wish I could have worked for you as a Skipper. You never turned down a cat shot. The men loved you.
Lee Roy [ Tex ] Moore
September 11, 2008
September 12, 2008
Bud and Dee, My husband Jerry and I will always remember when we met
you back in 2001 at the wedding of our mutual friends Terry and Jeannie.We really enjoyed our nice conversatioins as we were lucky to have set at the same table with you.
May god bless you and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family always.
Veronica and Jerry Salisbury
Annapolis, MD
Veronica Salisbury
September 11, 2008
You were my cousin first and most and I was always so proud of you and I loved Dee she was such a great person. I miss the old days at Aunt Bet's house in Riverside when we would all gather together during the holidays. I miss the fun we use to have. I miss you and Darlene. God bless you both.
Virginia White
September 11, 2008
It was an honor to have served with such a wonderful human being, inspirational leader and truly caring individual. Admiral, you have personified the term naval officer, warrior and american hero.

Rest peacefully my shipmate, and may your family's sorrow be eased as you watch over them.
William Pisano
September 11, 2008
Admiral Flagg,
It was an honor for me to serve under you. You were a great inspiration to me through my Naval carreer. You were a true leader that looked after his people. When I was promoted to Chief, every decision I made, I thought of you and how it may affect my junior sailors. For your guidance, I am greatful. To your wife Dee. I've only met her a couple of times, but she was a true genuine lady. "Fair winds and following seas"
Thomas Abbott HMC (RET)
September 11, 2008
Gone but never forgotten. Thank you for sharing your experiences in aviation with me. You and Dee will always be part of our airport family. We send our prayers and thoughts to your family.
Renny Manuel
March 18, 2008
Bud & Dee, we will always remember you. You were one of our first friends when we attended Church in Winchester.

Susan & Bob Conway
Front Royal, VA
Susan Conway
March 5, 2008
You where all Heros and will never be forgotten. I think about that day everday and it still makes me sad. You will all be remembered always. My heart goes out to your families and when my time comes hopefully a long time from now I hope to meet all of you Heros that should have had a longer life to live. You are all the best at what you did. RIP to all of you. Paula LaBrecque
Paula LaBrecque
October 25, 2007
Happy Birthday!!!
Doug Abraham
September 11, 2007
Admiral Flagg,

I never got the pleasure of meeting you or your wife, but I have met your son. He is my cousin-in-law. You did one hell of a job in the Navy and at American Airlines, but you did the country and the world a justice in how you raised your son. Your grandkids are gems.

God bless you and Darlene. You are missed by those who knew you, as well as those who wish they had.
Brett Alton
September 9, 2007
In remembrance..
July 19, 2007
In memory....
P Tabbernor
May 1, 2007
I didn't know Bud, but my husband did. They were both pilots for American Airlines and he has always spoken so highly of Bud. Rest in peace.
Donna Christopher
February 5, 2007
I didn't think I knew anyone who was killed on 9/11 until I found about about Bud Flagg. He was my skipper in one of the Crusader squadrons I served in in the seventies. Now I work with a defense contractor in the war over in Iraq. Before, the war was
acedemic: now it's personal

Jim Epps
James Epps
November 2, 2006
As I stitched your name on the memorial that I am doing for all of the victims, I prayed for you and your family. Please know that your death was not in vain. We will always remember. God Bless.
September 14, 2006
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Joe Rotter
September 12, 2006
Buddy, We had good times together when I was little. You use to chase me around Aunt Bet's big ol' house. I will always remember that. You made everyone so proud of you. You accomplished so much in your life. But now God has given you more work to do and I know that you will do it in the same way that you lived life.. to the fullest!
Jenny White
September 11, 2006

It's not possible to reflect on September 11th and not think of you and your wife. I knew you briefly during my tour in New Orleans, and then again during my tour at AIRLANT. Even your attached photo reflects what a kind and genuinely nice officer and gentleman you were (and I'm sure still are).

My thoughts and prayers are always with you and your family.

May God bless and keep you,
Allison Alger
Allison Alger
September 10, 2006
I just want to say I will remember you and all you your crew and every passinger on your flight today the 5th anniversy of 9/11. May you rest in peace.
Thomas Cullen
April 17, 2006

It's been sometime since you left. We never met.

Your smiling face is one that is etched into my memory. I hope your family is well, and I look forward to someday finding out what that great smile is all about.

Till we meet.

J.P. Snyder
John Snyder
December 20, 2005
Buddy and Darlene. From your classmate at Corona High School Class of 1956,in Corona. I am sorry you are gone. I will never forgot our time in school together. Nor will forget you. Much love Alberto Varela
Alberto Varela
October 15, 2004
Bud: Your Legacy has been a Man among Men. Rest in Peace.
AAL Capt. James A. Boyer
January 23, 2004
My Dear Cousin Bud: You are now in heaven with your Mom (Aunt Bet) and my Dad (Uncle Zed). I didn't find out about your passing until I watched the Super Bowl Game on TV and just happened to glance up and see your name and Dee's go by...I thought, no it could not be...but it was. I wish my cousins Mark and Mike along with their families peace and send my familes deepest sympathy. We lost contact after my Dad's passing. I have a lot of fond memories of growing up in Riverside with my cousins (Mark & Mike) and hope they will read this and e-mail me. Familes are forever. Love your cousin, Linda
Linda White Cunningham
January 20, 2004
You are in my Thoughts and Prayers. God Bless you and your Family
February 20, 2003
In 1960, we were stationed at Pensacola, Fl. and met as our wives were cousins. You were a young Ensign going through flight school and I was a 2nd class air traffic controller. Because neither of us had a penny, the four of us would spend most every evening together playing games or cards. I had no intention of staying in the Navy but felt the Navy would be your home for many years. As it turned out, the Navy became home to us, our wives and children until retirement.
Buddy & Darlene, you never forgot your roots and we stayed in touch. My greatest disappointment was that my wife and I never got to accept invitations to be guests at your Change of Commands.
You always took great pride when you spoke of your Father being a Navy Chief - This retired Navy Chief takes pride in saying he knew a great Admiral and his wife.

John F. Sims

John Sims
January 26, 2003
Bud, we go back a long way. You were a dedicated patriot and family man. It was an honor to have shared some of our careers together. May God bring peace to you and your family.
Bob Ponti
September 24, 2002
I served under ADM Flagg when he was CAPT Flagg. I had a total of 28 years of Navy service and I can only say that he was the greatest CO a man could ever ask for. He was truly a leader that inspired all.
Earle Mitchell
September 11, 2002
I met you in 1989 and am still in awe of your accomplishments serving our country. May you rest in peace.
Lawrence Clarke
September 11, 2002
Although I've never met Wilson Flagg, I feel a debt of gratitude to him not only serving our country through out his life, but also for the bravery I'm sure he showed in his last horrific moments on Earth. Only people of great strength can live and die the Bud did.
nancy stevens
September 11, 2002
I believe this man gave his life in defense of his country and I thank him for that. The family left behind is in my prayers. Be proud.
Mary Lou Hubisz
September 11, 2002
Bud, I worked with you, respected and admired you. You and Dee are missed. God Speed. Your friend.
Andrew Murphy
September 8, 2002
I did not know Bud Flagg, but I know God welcomed him with open arms.
Frank Griffin
Frank Griffin
September 4, 2002
You gave your all that day. Bless you, and your fellow crew. Your in a place where you can fly endlessly in solitude. Thank you sir, Goodbye
Andrew Green
August 29, 2002
Admiral, I enjoyed seeing you on the streets of our small town. You never lost your smiley face when we worked at the Pentagon. Sir, you remained a gentleman and a true Patriot. The Reserve Force has not been the same...I do not know one USNR Flag officer who has come close to filling your shoes. May God Bless You and Dee. With all due respect, Ralph Hensley, YNC(Sel) USNR
Ralph Hensley
May 1, 2002
Although I never personally met you Sir, we have been drawn together. Ironically, I found your ID card in the wreckage at the Pentagon (specifically the Navy DCOPS area) while searching for victims in the aftermath.

Being an active duty soldier, I was overwhelmed as I sifted through the debris and found your “retired” ID card. I noticed the peculiar spelling of your last name (resembling so close the symbol for which makes our Country so strong and determined). Your ID card was unscratched.

I went back to our command post where I looked to the list of the many missing Pentagon workers to see if your name was there. I assumed you were working in the Pentagon as a retiree, but I was mistaken.

In a fateful twist later on that day, I received a voice message from a family friend of my in-laws asking how I was doing. I had only met this woman maybe 3 times in the past 20 years.

You see, she is a career sailor previously assigned to the Pentagon (and Navy Annex) until just recently, and had been told by my in-laws that I was conducting search and rescue operations. I called her and thanked her for her concern, and we talked about how she had worked in the area that had taken the brunt of the impact of the terrorist attack. She reminisced about looking out the windows over to (and from) the Navy Annex, and that she lost many a friend and sailor on that day.

She went on to talk of the tragic loss of her most influential commander of her career - who was on the hijacked plane. When I asked her what the name was, she said Admiral Bud Flagg! I was in shock. I had been working tirelessly for over 5 days when I talked to her, and I immediately broke down (and still do when I speak about this).

As service member assigned here in the Washington, DC area, and personally knowing some of the victims, it has been so difficult to deal with the tragedy - especially of being witness to so much death and destruction.

I can only imagine your family’s loss, as well of that of the many, many Sailors you have touched throughout your distinguished career. I salute you, and your family for all you have done for this grateful Nation.

First Sergeant R. S. Gould, US Army
Raymond Gould
April 18, 2002
May God Bless you and your family.
Angie Campbell
March 29, 2002
To Mary and Michael I know the loss of Micheal's parents has been terrible and I hope you are now being able to find peace with that loss. Take care, God Bless!
Dan Hammond II
Dan Hammond II
March 13, 2002
America will nevery forget you or your efforts!
January 12, 2002
We thank Bud for helping protect America while in the Navy. Such a devotion comes with a brave, warm and caring heart. We also thank him for trying to help in any way on that tragic day. We are very sorry for your loss of Bud. Our hearts cry with you.
America Cries
We see your sorrow-
and our hearts cry....
We can not erase your pain
but you do not have to face the anguish alone-for we-
-the American people-
are beside you.
We so desperately want to have the touch that brings you comfort,
the strength that gives you courage,
and the words to lighten your spirits.
And when we are left speechless
may the silence of our nation weave love into your hearts
to ease your sorrow.
May you find healing through our nation's strength as we-
-the American people-
face this difficult time together. Our hearts are with you. Teresa Jahn
Dixon, IL
Teresa Jahn
January 2, 2002
Admiral - It's always a tragedy when we lose one of our own. Rest well Sir. You will be remembered.
A fellow Sailor
December 31, 2001
Being an American Airlines employee
at the time, we just wanted you to know how saddened we are, you are forever in our hearts. God Bless
lisa ewing
November 22, 2001
Admiral - the Navy never forgets their own, and as your watch ends on this earth, be assured we will continue to stand the good watch.

Every sortie off our carriers at sea will be in your memory, and we will get a final settling of this account for you.

Your shipmates aboard every Navy Ship at sea tonight....Sleep well our dear shipmate.

U.S. Navy Sailors aboard Aegis Destroyers in the Fleet.
November 20, 2001
I know that you will always miss Mr Flagg. Please know that I will as well and please know that love for hime and you in your time of greef is there for all of his family.


Jerry and Suzanne Kernahan
Jerry Kernahan
October 19, 2001
In loving memory of Wilson "Bud" Flagg, on October 12, I walked 1 mile and dedicated it to Bud and those loved ones he left behind. Bud will not be forgotten.
May God bless and comfort you in this time of such deep sadness.
Kathy Swaringen
September 30, 2001
September 24, 2001
America is grateful for your service Admiral Flagg. Thank You, and rest in peace.
Proud American
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