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Mark Bingham, 31, of San Francisco, owner of The Bingham Group, a public relations firm.

Mark Kendall Bingham (May 22, 1970 September 11, 2001) was an American public relations executive who founded his own company, the Bingham Group. He died at age 31 in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on board United Airlines Flight 93.

Bingham is believed to have been among the passengers who attempted to storm the cockpit to try to prevent the hijackers from using the plane to kill hundreds or thousands of additional victims. In a cell phone call to his mother, Alice Hoglan, shortly before the plane went down, he told her, "some of us here are going to try to do something." Hoglan, a flight attendant with United Airlines, instructed Bingham to reclaim the aircraft after it became apparent that Flight 93 was to be used in a suicide mission.

Bingham was survived by his former boyfriend of eight years, Paul Holm, who says this was not the first time Bingham risked his life to protect the lives of others. In fact, he had twice successfully protected Holm from attempted muggings, one of which was at gunpoint. Holm describes Bingham as a brave, competitive man, saying, "He hated to lose at anything." He was even known to proudly display a scar he received after being gored at the running of the bulls in Pamplona.

Bingham attended Los Gatos High School. He was a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where he was also president of his fraternity, Chi Psi. In college, he played for the UC Berkeley rugby team and helped them win a string of national championships.

A large athlete at 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) and 225 pounds (102 kg), he also played for the San Francisco Fog, a gay rugby team.
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Mark Bingham
BY Anonymous on Sep 11, 2007
  May God Bless You and your family always.

Todd
 


Prayers & Condolences For:
Mark Bingham
BY Anonymous on Sep 13, 2006
  I thank you for your heroism. You are remembered.
 


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