• Wall of Names, part of the Memorial Plaza at the crash site

    Flight 93

    National Memorial Pennsylvania

Joseph DeLuca

Age: 52
Hometown: Succasunna, NJ
Occupation: Business Systems Specialist, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare
Reason for travel: vacation

Joseph DeLuca, 52, a lifelong resident of northern New Jersey, graduated from Jersey City State College and worked at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare for twenty-three years, designing computer software systems. The Succasunna resident was devoted to his parents and is remembered for his sense of humor and caring ways. He was passionate about sports car racing, edited a sports car newsletter, and loved driving his yellow Morgan roadster. DeLuca's alter ego was a car-racing feline, immortalized in his syndicated cartoon, "The Adventures of Raymond the Cat." DeLuca was aboard Flight 93 with his girlfriend, Linda Gronlund, traveling to the wine country of Napa Valley. During the hijacking of their flight, Joe telephoned his father to say good-bye. He is survived by a sister.

Did You Know?

Looking over the U.S. Capitol at The Mall in Washington DC

On September 11, 2001 United Flight 93 was only 20 minutes flight time from the nation's capital when the passengers and crew of the plane rushed the cockpit in an effort to overpower the hijackers. Flight 93 crashed in a field outside the town of Shanksville in rural southwestern Pennsylvania. More...