Lt. Col. Canfield Boone
As a student of history, Army Col. Canfield "Buddy" Boone knew the significance of all of the major battlefields and cemeteries honoring those who fell in battle in the Washington, D.C., area.

Their proximity was one of the reasons the 53-year-old Indiana native was willing to move to Washington to take a job with the Pentagon in 1990.

After the attack on the Pentagon on Sept. 11, Boone's old personnel office will now join that list of battlefields, and he will soon be buried in its most famous cemetery, Arlington National.

"Buddy would have liked that," said Linda, his wife of 31 years.

Born and raised in Milan, Ind., Boone went on to earn a major in history and political science at Butler University in Indianapolis, where he met his wife.

The couple had three sons, 23, 21 and 18, for whom Boone coached baseball over the years "and being a Hoosier, of course, basketball too," his wife said.

After graduating from college he started student teaching, but then took a job selling insurance.

During the Vietnam War, Boone signed up for the National Guard, doing weekend drills and a couple weekends every summer.

But he stayed in the Guard part-time until deciding to go to active duty with the Army in 1986. For five years with the Army, he taught ROTC at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, beginning a full-time career he loved.

"He was very patriotic. And I think he liked the order of it and the feeling that he was really doing something for his country," his wife said.
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As always, thinking of you, Buddy. On duty at your post for all eternity. Thank you!
William Arnold
September 12, 2020
May he rest in peace for eternity, a true example of a patriot.
Jack Serafin
September 11, 2020
I served as a cadet at EIU under, then CPT Boone, who taught Military Science in the ROTC Dept. I just learned of this site and felt compelled to tell my experience with this great man. He was a wonderful officer and a good friend to all of the cadets and cadre. Everyone liked and respected CPT Boone. He led by example and was always willing to help cadets, no matter the issue. God bless him and his family. I thank him for his leadership, dedication, and patriotic service.
Lee Leathers
September 9, 2020
Almost 20 years later and I still think of him with great fondness. I served with Bud and every meeting with him was received with a warm smile and encouraging words. In my heart he is unforgettable.
Lawrence Headley
April 26, 2020
I never met him and did not know him but I am proud to be associated with him as a Butler Alumni and thank him along with his family for his service and sacrifice.
Bruce Lamparelli
September 22, 2019
Thinking of you, Buddy, as always. Rest in peace, my friend.
William Arnold
September 12, 2019
Remembering LTC Boone today. RIP.
September 11, 2019
Awilda Velez-Rodriguez
September 11, 2019
Remembering Bud today. I had the privilege of working with him for five years at Prudential Insurance Company in Indianapolis.
Debra May
September 11, 2019
Dear Boone Family,

Hello, i am a student at Shanley High School studying 9/11. I researched Canfield and found out a lot about him. I found out that he was a great person and loved by many. I thank Boone for his service and he will always be remembered.

Best wishes,
September 9, 2019
In dear memory of Buddy Boone.
June 26, 2019
Today, as always, my thoughts are about you, Buddy, and your ultimate sacrifice.
To me and millions of others, always a
Bill Arnold
September 11, 2016
I salute you, Sir as we approach the 15th anniversary of this event that changed America. You were my commander for a short time while I was in the National Guard. You (nor all the other victims) will never be forgotten. Rest in peace.
Sheila Richerson
September 9, 2016
I think of you often. We had some good times.
September 12, 2015
Saluting you once more, Buddy, on this always poignant anniversary. You are forever in our hearts.
Bill Arnold
September 11, 2015
I walked a mile for you (mile #318) on 5/29/14 as a dedication to your life.
Barbara Boam
February 2, 2015
To the boone family.I was not in this world on this horrible day,but I have heard so many stories.All the victams of this day are all inocent and did not have to go out like this.The U.S.A. stayed strong.LT. Boone died for our country,I'm from Texas but this still affected me when I heard about it.The people at the Pentagon did not have to work there but they chose to,therefore they will be in our memories for ever,remembered as HEROS!
Richard Garcia
September 16, 2014
I love you Bud. I think of you and the good times we had, often
Nathan Smith
September 14, 2014
Thank you for your dedication. I still have and wear your Memorial Dog Tags every 9-11 and pray for Peace for your Family
Stormie Barfield
September 12, 2014
your husband was a hero
drake maroney
September 12, 2014
Buddy, it just doesn't seem that long ago that you and I sat in the stands at the Indy 500. It was 1986. We talked about many things, including our military experiences as young men and your decision to go active duty in the Army.
I met you through Joe and Judy, your Butler friends, and I told them later: "Buddy is truly one of the nicest guys I've ever met!"
The years went buy and then 13 ago today the unbelievable happened. I talked with Joe a few days later and learned that "one of the nicest guys I ever met" was on duty at the Pentagon that horrible day.
You will always be in my memories brother! Thank you for your service and ultimate sacrifice. You are sorely missed.
Bill Arnold
September 11, 2014
Thank you for protecting our country
September 11, 2014
Your husband was a true hero.
September 10, 2014
Always in our thoughts.
Jennifer Blanchard
September 11, 2013
Mrs. Boone, me and Tyler think of you on this day every year. We hope that your family is doing well and you are always in our hearts.

Rose K and Tyler J. (4th grade class)
September 11, 2012
To the family - As with all of America, I was horrified at the occurrences of 9/11, but even more so when I learned that Lt. Boone was lost during that tragic even as well. I have wondered for years. but feel that I am correct in that I believe I went to elementary school in Milan Indiana with Buddy Boone, and that his mother was my school teacher in 3rd grade? I may be incorrect, and it may be 4th grade, but I remember her as a lovely lady with a soft voice, but who inspired her students to learn and strive with dignity, for their dreams. Obviously she instilled the same belief in her own children, because the young man I remember from elementary school, was bright, funny, and a good friend. My family moved from Milan, but my grandparents lived there until l985. I know we lost touch with our school mates, but I had to tell you that after all these years, your family still impacts my life through my childhood memories. I
am now serving my 3rd term as a city council woman, and this year I am the first woman council president in my city. You see, those wonderful small town values stay with you for life! All of my prayers to you, and my heartfelt thanks for Lt. Boone's service, and sacrifice for his country, and for the loss for his family, as well as their gift to us through "Buddy".
Linda Treat
April 19, 2012
Bud was a true friend. He always smiled and had a positive word. he had a tremendous impact on my life. I would love to talk to someone in his family.
Nathan Smith
September 11, 2011
I often think about the impact you had on the youth baseball team you found time to coach... you taught our son Shawn good sportsmanship and how to live happy in life. You were one who guided his life choices and he graduated USMA 05 - the class of 9/11. I know God holds you in his hands!
Fred Naigle
September 11, 2011
I think about you daily and the impact you had on all the cadets. God bless you and your family.
Kate Reidy
September 11, 2011
I'll always remember the first time we met as freshmen at Butler. Your gigantic smile led to a 4 year friendship. Many years passed and it was a thrill to see you and Linda back on campus with your son during college visitation. A few years later I met your son and your mother at your memorial in Milan. You would be proud of him. Peace be you and your family. See you down the road.
Rick Fields
September 9, 2011
In Iowa City, Iowa, there will be a special service of remembrance the evening of September 11, 2011. It will focus on peace, reconciliation, and understanding.

Last weekend, the people at our local churches and synagogue were each given names of people to hold in prayer this week. I have the name of Lt. Col. Canfield Boone. Please know that your family is in our prayers as you remember your years together. May you be blessed with a feeling of love.
Carolyn Otis
September 8, 2011
K.R. Zack Earp
September 7, 2011
May God Bless you and your Family in this time of loss.
Stormie Barfield
August 29, 2011
My 12 year old son was given a project at school to research people who perished on 9/11 and to create a tribute poster. He read about Lt. Col. Boone and we sat together and talked about how his family must miss him so much. We are so sorry for the loss to his family, they are in our thoughts and prayers. Hunter will pay tribute to "Buddy" this year, along with dozens of other students who are paying tribute to those who perished. They are all still Remembered, even by those of us who didn't know them.

God bless.
Allison & Hunter Pike
August 28, 2011
Prayers always for you and yours.
Stacey E
May 2, 2011
Then-CPT Boone was one of my ROTC instructors at Eastern Illinois University...he was an impeccable officer, a good man and someone I hope to emulate.
David Dosier
October 23, 2010
God Bless LTC Boone's Family. I hold his Memorial Dog Tag each and every day as I pray the Rosary for him and his Family.
Stormie Barfield
September 11, 2010
I remember talking to LTC Boone on the phone and him e-mailing me some personnel slides for us to view while I was stationed in Puerto Rico working for the Deputy Chief of Staff, Personnel. He was always very courteous and very helpful. I always asked him about Washington DC and how it was to work in the Pentagon. Even though I never had the opportunity to personally meet him, I feel like I lost a family member, probably because, in the Army, we are a big family. I am eternally grateful for your service Sir.
Carl Mantovani
March 28, 2010
My wife and I want to express our deepest sympathy to all the Boone family. I went to high school with Buddy and played basketball and baseball with him. He was a class act and a great friend! Our hearts grieve for the loss of this fine man. May God continue to give strength to the family. Never forget!
Gary Gault
November 24, 2009
hello, i am doing a report on 9/11 hero's and i chose lt. col. canfield boone. i do not know why, but he seemed interesting. if any of you find anymore information on him email me at
[email protected]
brittni anderson
September 20, 2009
Hello my name is jared dizon and were sad that you couldn't say goodbye to your sons and its awesome that you protected the us and I will be a lt too
September 11, 2009
Hi my name is Ryan Abagat and my Friends name is Jared Dizon. Both of us are sad for you that you didn't even say goodbye to your kids. It is cool that you are a Lt. and that you made an awesome sacrifice for the world.
September 11, 2009
I never knew what happened on september 11, 2001 until now I was just 4 and I really feel bad that he died saving our county and I pray for him to have a better life
September 11, 2009
I 'met' you this past month working on Project 2996. You are the person I chose to pay tribute to.

The love that surrounded you with your family and friends has touched me.

We lost so many wonderful people that day, and you are one of the best.

And, because of you, I am reading the new book on Daniel Boone - quite a family you are from!
Cynthia "Flag Gazer"
September 11, 2009
To the family of Lt. Col. Canfield Boone:
Canfield 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
September 10, 2009
Happy Birthday!!!
Doug Abraham
February 2, 2009
October 1, 2008
though i don't know yuo sound like a great person. i'll never forget what you did for us.
God Bless America!
Serena Porter
September 11, 2008
May God bless you & give comfort to those who love you. I will not forget.
September 11, 2008
In loving memory. Thank you for your service. May God bless your family always! We will NEVER forget!
September 11, 2008
You Where all Heros and will never be forgotten. Sometimes it takes something really bad to happen to make something good come out of it. The good thing that came out of this is that we will never let someone control our lives and our country ever again. You all fought for us and now it is time for us to fight for all of you. RIP to everyone of you lost on that terrible day. Paula LaBrecque
Paula LaBrecque
March 5, 2008
Happy Birthday!!!
Doug Abraham
February 2, 2008
Although we were just neighbors and I only watched your dog once I will always remember you - especially today. I'm sure you remain in many hearts. ...gone but not forgotten...
Jennifer Blanchard
September 11, 2007
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Debbie , Kenny Coffey
September 11, 2007
In remembrance....
P Tabbernor
August 22, 2007
Happy Birthday!!!
Doug Abraham
February 2, 2007
i'm sorry for the horrible lose for i also have lose som one so i know how it feels
Alex morillo
December 19, 2006
As I cross-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.
October 24, 2006
Hey i am very sorry for you lose.
Lindsey Brehm
October 19, 2006
Best wishes to Linda and family. I'll continually remember the fun we had together working together at Arlington Station, my favorite running buddy!
Jay Lowery
October 18, 2006
Mrs. Boone and family,

I had the honor and pleasure of playing basketball for your husband and father. He was a great guy to be around and had class and dignity that came across in all of his actions. He will be missed but never forgotten.
September 11, 2006
To the Boone Family,
I just wanted to let you know that I've been praying for your husband/father for almost 5 years now. I received his name on a slip of paper in a Church up in the Adirondack's (Bolton Landing) while at Mass on vacation. I hope my prayers have helped and I thank your loved one for his sacrifice for all of us to live in this country. God bless you and I'll continue to pray for him.
With my deepest sympathy, Victoria
August 27, 2006
I am very sorry that you have lost a loved one. You can just look forward to a time with no more death and sorrow. "God will swallow up all death" (Isaiah 25:8) I promise you that you'll see your loved one again.
Jayson westbrook
June 23, 2006
On June 14th, 2006, 1 mile was walked to honor the life of Lt. Col Canfield Boone. May you find some comfort in knowing that you do not grieve alone and that Canfield will never be forgotten.
Kathy Swaringen
June 14, 2006
Our prayers continue to be lifted for the friends and family of Buddy and all others who left us on that terrible day. We pray that your memory will keep us striving to be better people, better citizens, better human beings.
Love from Texas
Del Newberry
January 2, 2004
Mrs. Boone,
You are in my prayers.
Joey Brown
September 11, 2003
My prayers are with Buddy's wife and three sons. May peace be with you. We will never forget.
Salina Romero
September 11, 2003
Coach Boone,
We will never forget the guidance you gave us on and off the baseball field, the friendship we shared with your sons, and the respect our Mom and Dad had for you and Mrs. Boone. Your kindness will stay with us forever.
Christian & Sean Norton
September 11, 2003
ALthough we are probably not related, I feel a sense of closness to you. This was a terrible tragedy but, and I know have famliy fighting to protect us from this. God Bless the work that you have done.
Alex Boone
September 11, 2003
anne jones
August 7, 2003
I attended grade school with Buddy and his Mother was one of my grade school teachers in Milan. My prayers go out to his family.
Marcia Sheldon-Foulkes
July 21, 2003
My thoughts and prayers go to Buddy's family.
Connie Adney
January 22, 2003
May God give you and your family the strength and peace to go forward. God Bless you.
Sherri Robbins
September 28, 2002
You do not know me, but I attend a Catholic high school in Houston, Tx. On 9/11, we had a prayer service in memory of all who lost their lives just one year ago. We each recived a bracelet with a name on it, and I recived Lt. Col. Boone. I have read his bio, and am sorry such a great man lost his life. My prayers are with him and his family.
God Bless~
Ashlei Williams
September 12, 2002
our thought's and prayers are with you. Everyone from Sasakwa High School. We had a serimony this morning that remembered 1 year ago today. It was touching knowing that people can really be sad about people theydon't even know. But we know they are great people cause they give there lifes for the protetion of ours. our prayers are with you
Amanda Jacobs
September 11, 2002
Such a tragedy to lose such a good guy.
Darlene McGovern
September 10, 2002
In sympathy, God Bless You
Zachary Murphy
September 9, 2002
God bless you.
Skyler Burden
September 9, 2002
I did not know you but as a widow of
a Colonel and formerly from Illinois
and the Illinois Nat'l Guard, I just
want to express my gratitude and deep sympathy to your family - we still have heroes in America!
Loretta Lane
August 17, 2002
Our thoughts will always remember Canfield Boone with kindness and tenderness. I pray for the family often. He coached my son in baseball and was very sweet to my daughter, a friend of one of the boys, she remembers him making her soup once when she was hungry. Both children remember him and miss him.
Sally Horn
July 16, 2002
Mrs. Boone and Family,
My prayers are with you always and I hope God carries you in your time of need. I wear a bracelet daily with your husband/fathers name on it to remember his life, courage, and accomplishments. I tell others of this man I can only read about and ask that they too will pray for you. May God bless you and keep you always in his endless love.
Melissa Maes
July 15, 2002
May you rest in peace forever more!
Angela & Anthony Clement
June 18, 2002
Dear Mrs. Boone,

My son, Tyler J., was in your second grade class. Our family wants to extend to you and your family our deepest sympathy, love, and prayers. You will always be in our hearts.

God Bless you.
Rose Kloehn
May 30, 2002
My thoughts and prayers go out to your family daily. A friend of mine ordered three "mercy" bracelets - no special request. When they arrived, Lt. Col. Canfield Boone was named on one of them. Of course it was to be the one I wore. My son graduated from Basic Training in the Air Force in August '01. My husband was a Marine in Viet Nam. I salute you in your sacrifice and heartache. May God be with you..
Margery Canfield
May 26, 2002
To Col Boone's family and freinds,God Bless you! I will forever remember 9/11/01 and what happened to my country! Rest in peace sir!! Dan,,Sgt,USAF 1984-1988
Dan Dames
May 12, 2002
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Lt. Col. Canfield Boone. I did not know the Lt. Col. but I am sure he was a fine man and I do know he shouldn't have lost his life in this manner. With time there is healing, may all his family and friends then find peace and comfort in the good memories of him.
Sheila Werland
April 21, 2002
My family feels sorrow for your family and the 3 sons,may they always rember him as a hero for my family and all americans family will.
jaime pflugradt
April 15, 2002
Dear Mrs Boone,
I served with your husband when he was Commander of Co B 738th FSB, Indiana Army National Guard in Kokomo. Those of us that are still around have fond memories of then 1Lt Boone. He will be sadly missed by us all. May God be with you.

CW3 Bill Michael
Bill Michael
March 17, 2002
You served your country in life and in death. It broke my heart to see your name on the list. You were truly the best of the best. As I go through this book of tributes, it is all I can do to write you and Capt Punches and the others. Be with us in spirit as we endure the world without your humor.
CDR Millie Wears
March 13, 2002
Deepest sympathy and heartfelt thanks to Col. Boone's family.
Gerldine Ingersoll
March 4, 2002
To the immediate family of Canfield, You certainly have my sympathy and prayers. Your Boone Cousin and a member of the Board of Directors of The Boone Society. Our website also has a tribute to Canfield.
Ivan D. Lancaster
March 3, 2002
To the Boone family I would like to let you know that you are in my prayers. I'm from Milan and I knew his family well. Very nice people. Buddy's mom taught with my aunt Polly. And Buddy went to school with my older sister Gloria Allen.
Take Care and May God Bless You!!!
Brenda (Allen) Derenski
February 22, 2002
My sympathies go out to the Boone family. I live on the same street and two of my sons are classmates of two of the Col Boone's sons. I continue to remember Col Boone in my prayers.
Lt. Col Tom Curtin, USA, Ret.
January 20, 2002
We are deeply sorry for your great loss of Canfield. May golden memories of times together lighten the sorrow in your hearts. 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 12, 2002
As I was looking at this memorial site, I wondered if anyone of my same name was lost in the attack. I found your husband and I will remember you and any family in prayer with the loss him. May God bless and keep you in this loss.
Terry Boone
January 8, 2002
We would like to offer our heartfelt sympathy to all of the Boone family. Although Buddy was a few years older than me, I remember him as a friend & classmate of my sister. He will always be remembered as a hero in our hearts. Please know that our thoughts & prayers are with you!
Dee Dee & Lloyd Anderson
January 6, 2002
Dear Boone Family,
My deepest sympathy goes out to your family in your time of need. I recently lost my sister CSmsgt Debra J. Hess Air Force in March.I know what your family is going through as my family shares in your grief. I wanted your family to all know that I have been wearing a "Mercy Band" initiated by my church, Calvary Chapel with LT COL CANFIELD BOONE'S name on it everyday. I chose the Pentagon in some way to honor my sister's military service. I wake up each morning and say "good morning Canfield" along with a prayer. Your family is in my prayers and in my heart.

Always in my thoughts and prayers. Rhonda Griego
Rhonda Griego
December 3, 2001
Dear Mrs. Boone and family: Our hearfelt sympathy to all of you. My grandson is in your second grade class in Virginia. He said you will be coming back to teach soon. I know he was worried about you and your family. We are praying so much for you and your family.

Love, the Gunn's
Bea Gunn
October 25, 2001
I was a Marine in Grenada and Beirut, Lebanon 83-84, I witnessed first hand the horror of the terrorist attack on the barracks there. President Lincoln's words to Mrs. Bixby of Boston sum up the feelings I have to those who have lost a family member or friend in the September 11th attack
"I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom."

Joseph Hickey
Joseph Hickey
October 24, 2001
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Col.Boone.
Jan and Zane Azbarea
October 23, 2001
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