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Dear Paul and family

I am so sorry for your loss. I'm a student a stafford highschool and the other day we were watching many videos on 9/11 in my history class. To me all these videos just made me angry and upset with the terrorists but then i thought to myself I have to realize that it isn't just me who is hurting... I can t imagine how hard it is for you guys! He was so young and innocent! I bet he a great guy with an awesome personality! I hope all of his friends comfort you guys (the Battaglia family). I know I really cant comfort you but I am glad that I can say to you guys that the seals finally took down Osama Bin Laden! It took 10 years but now we can sleep knowing he won t ruin anyone else's life! Again I m sorry for your loss and your son Paul J. Battaglia will be in my prayers tonight. Just like everyone else who loss their poor lives on 9/11! God Bless you guys for being strong! -Cole

Posted by Cole F

I’m really sorry for your lost, I can’t imagine the pain that you feel... but looking to this photos I could realize that he was very loved by his family and I know that he was a happy guy. His smile was lovely, contagious and full of life, i’m sure that he was a guy full of life... this was a tragedy, i can’t never accept this, and looking to this photos, to his smile, i feel so mad that the life was taken from him that way... i can’t imagine your pain, but i have empathy to put myself in your shoes and i share some of your pain. I wasn’t even born in 9/11, i’m almost 19 years old, i was born in 2002 and i’m not american, i’m brazilian so you can see that the whole world are with you until today... we’ll never forget...

I randomly thought about you today and remembered your old website, now long gone. A google search lead me to here, along with the realization that today would have been your birthday. I recognize that it's been over 20 years since you died. Yet there are still those of us who still remember when you were here and how funny, energetic and inspiring you were. It was a pleasure working with you in college at the radio station and thank goodness I heard those recordings of the jazz broadcasts you used to do.

Posted by Shirley Grace

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In Remembrance
Place of Residence:
Brooklyn, NY
Location on 9/11:
Marsh & McLennan | Risk Consultant
The New York Times Portraits of Grief
Paul J. Battaglia Memorial Scholarship Fund

Marsh Memorial Dedication

Regis High School

Paul J. Battaglia's mother, Elaine Leinung, likes to say that her son was "born at age 40."

Even as a preschooler, Mr. Battaglia, who was actually 22, had a knack for numbers. How else to explain a 4-year-old tallying the correct amount of change due even before the cashier at the grocery could? It happened a lot, Ms. Leinung said, and by age 10, he was balancing checkbooks.

"I would have such difficulty with it and complain," Ms. Leinung said. "It all started with his Commodore 64 computer when he was 9. He found his niche: numbers."

By his senior year at Regis High School in Manhattan, Mr. Battaglia had earned an internship with Marsh & McLennan. After he graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton, his internship turned into a position as a risk consultant. He was so proud of his job on the 100th floor of Tower 1 that he posted pictures of his office and his view of the Brooklyn Bridge (his home borough) on his Web site, One snapshot was mostly gray. "Cloudy day!" he wrote underneath.

911 Call on September 11, 2001