David Whelan was born in in Trenton, N.J. He graduated from Trenton State College in 1968 with a BA in Industrial Education. He enlisted in the Army in November 1968, graduated from OCS in October 1969, and served as a Platoon Leader and Executive Officer in a Pershing Missile Battalion in Heilbronn, Germany.
In 1973 he joined the US Army Reserve and retired as a Lt. Colonel in 1997.
His civilian career began in New Jersey in 1973 and he retired in 2012 after working for companies such as Sun Chemical, Frito Lay, Borden Snacks and Hartz.
Whelan is married with 3 sons and 3 grandchildren and a 25-year member of American Legion Post 504 in Jackson, N.J.
Dave’s cousin by marriage is Richard Guadagno, who was a passenger on Flight 93. While the family will never know what happened in the plane that day, they have no doubt Richard was working with other passengers to take action, and they work with the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial to ensure that America never forgets the nearly 3000 people who died that day.
Episode 91107: Tango Alpha Lima remembers 9/11 with David Whelan, family member of Flight 93 passenger
August 24th, 2021 | Season 911 | 24 mins 25 secs
9/11, american legion, commentary, community, community service, families of flight 93 hero award, flight 93, friends of flight 93 memorial, military, never forget, non-profit, pa., post-9/11, shanksville, topical, tower of voices, veteran, veterans service, wall of heroes
Bonus Tango Alpha Lima podcast episodes from The American Legion in honor of the 20th Anniversary of 9/11. Learn more at www.legion.org/tangoalphalima.