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September 11 Memorial: Remembering the victims who died at the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania

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Gerard (Jerry) P. Moran Jr.

Age: 39

Hometown: Upper Marlboro, Md., USA

Occupation: Engineering contractor, U.S. Navy

Location: Ground, Pentagon

"Jerry loved life, he had a sparkle in his eyes. His appreciation for beautiful things came from being a photographer and a videographer. He collected statues from all over the world; they were all over the house. This panther I gave him before we were married. He insisted that it had to be in the living room where he could see it. I gave him the swan for our fourth wedding anniversary, and he fell in love with it as soon as he saw it. I took all the other statues he had collected and made the basement entertainment area a room of statues that Jerry would have loved." Joyce Moran, wife

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Gerard P. "Jerry" Moran, 39, of Upper Marlboro, traveled the world as a combat photographer for the Navy between 1979 and 1984.

When American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon on Tuesday, Moran was working there as an engineering contractor for the Navy, doing video teleconferencing, as he has for the last three years. He was still listed yesterday as missing.

Moran, who was born in Baltimore, studied photojournalism at Oklahoma University after graduating from Scranton Technical High School in Pennsylvania. His wife of 18 years, Joyce A. Moran, is a retired Navy photographer.

Their two children -- Shannon, 16, and Dane, 14 -- are accomplished athletes whose teams their father has coached.

Family and friends describe Moran as a humorist and a humanitarian. When he was not coaching fast-pitch softball, baseball or power lifting, Moran's wife said, he could be found in the kitchen whipping up gourmet meals and experimenting with recipes from his many cookbooks. Some of his favorite ones are for coconut pork, chicken cordon bleu and prime rib.

He also enjoys relaxing at home with his family and trout fishing with brother Kevin.

Kevin Moran's daughter was in one of the World Trade Center towers when it was hit on Tuesday. She escaped before it collapsed.

-- Tracey A. Reeves

Source: The Washington Post, AP and washingtonpost.com

The profiles in this feature were written in the months following Sept. 11, 2001.

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