Project 2,996: OS2 Nehamon Lyons IV, USN

2009 September 11
by JustMary

When I first heard of Project 2,996 I was very pleased and honored to be a part of such a loving and wonderful tribute to those who lost their lives so tragically on September 11, 2001. Sitting here right now though, having poured over countless pages detailing the life of the man I will remember today, I find myself adding the words humbled, grateful, and sorrowful to the list of emotions running through me. Humbled to be writing about someone so honorable and loved. Grateful for the life he led. Sorrowful for the tragedy that took him from us too soon.

OS2 Nehamon Lyons IV, USN


Nehamon was a loving son, friend, and brother. A man dedicated to his country, and to his fellow man. He was the sunshine that lit up the days of his friends.

Here are some of the many wonderful things that those who knew Officer Lyons personally, had to say:

Officer Lyons was not only a decorated and distinguished serviceman, but also an honorable member of his community. He served this nation and his fellow citizens with spirit and bravery. All those who knew him will miss his cheerful demeanor and hard-working attitude. His passing is a significant loss not only to his family and friends, but also to our state and our nation.

I am member of the United States Navy. I’ve have served faithfully for 16 years. You were my brother. I have thought about Sept. 11th over and over again for almost a year now. I was on the USS Enterprise, coming back from the Gulf on that day. All I could think about was returning to my family and friends, with no thought of anything else. You have shown me so much. There is more to life than a single moment in time. I want you to know that our ship and it’s crew, turned around and went back to fight!! So much can happen in a single moment and you have tought me how to live each one of them. You are truly missed. God bless you and your family. I hope that we as Americans can heal together.

Please go to to view all of the beautiful memorial entries.

From the Pentagon Memorial came a quote that gave me great pause:

Nehamon was a self-starter who would pursue a goal and work tirelessly to achieve it. He was a man, not because he was asked to be one, but because someone had to in his situation.

Because, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote:

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

God bless you Nehamon, thank you for your service to this great nation, and for the honorable life you led. May you live on in the hearts and minds of us all. To his family and friends I say, may God bless you and keep you, make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. You are in my prayers.

At the Pentagon Memorial each victim is memorialized by a bench, please click here to view Officer Lyons’ bench.

8 Responses leave one →
  1. 2009 September 11 8:10 am
    justrand permalink

    excellent, my dear. The closing words of your first paragraph were particularly poignant:

    Grateful for the life he led. Sorrowful for the tragedy that took him from us too soon.

    So many taken from us…we must NEVER forget!

  2. 2009 September 11 8:16 am
    JustMary permalink

    Eph- I moved your comment to the other thread.

  3. 2009 September 11 8:25 am
    INC permalink

    I love the quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. It is very moving and very appropriate to use to remember Officer Lyons.

    It also fits in nicely with Justrand’s Cost of Freedom post this morning.

  4. 2009 September 11 9:03 am
    janzam permalink

    Officer Lyons would have approved of your write-up, JM. A thoughtful tribute to the man!

  5. 2009 September 11 9:54 am

    Try to exclude the possibility of suffering which the order of nature and the existence of free-wills involve, and you find that you have excluded life itself. – C.S. Lewis

  6. 2009 September 11 10:05 am
    justrand permalink

    IP, another splendid quote…one which I would have included in my Cost of Freedom had I known of it!

  7. 2010 September 11 9:32 pm

    I was stationed with OS2 Lyons on board the USS Gettysburg. He was a good guy and loved what he did. RIP brother.

  8. 2010 September 11 9:40 pm
    JustMary permalink

    God Bless you, maddencorner. Thank you for your service.

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