SEPTEMBER 11
BEARING WITNESS TO HISTORY

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Burned military ID card.
Comdr. Patrick Dunn, like all members of the U.S. armed forces, carried a military ID. This card was heavily burned in the fire that followed the crash of the hijacked airliner.




Location: Pentagon
Source: Gift of Stephanie Dunn


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Navy Commander's identification badges
Description: These ID badges belonged to Comdr. Patrick Dunn, a victim of terrorist attack on the Pentagon.

Context: Being a U.S. soldier has always been a dangerous job, but a terrorist attack was not expected by anyone sitting at a desk in the Pentagon.

On the morning of September 11, Comdr. Patrick Dunn was the watch commander of the Navy Command Center on the first floor, in the D ring of the Pentagon. Personnel in the Center were aware of the terrorist attacks in New York and were monitoring developments along with other situations around the world.

At 9:38 am, terrorists crashed a Boeing 757 into the Pentagon. The plane slid directly through the Navy Command Center, killing twenty-nine of the thirty people working in the facility. In the Pentagon attack, 125 employees were killed and some 140 more were injured; aboard the airplane fifty-three passengers, seven crew members, and five hijackers died.

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Athletic Center card
This card was used by Comdr. Dunn to access the Pentagon athletic center. Physical fitness is very important to a fighting force; every member of the military must pass a rigorous physical exam twice a year. Military personnel are required to maintain [...]
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Navy Command Center card
This card was used to gain access to the Navy Command Center on the first floor of the D ring in the Pentagon. The Command Center was staffed 24 hours a day by personnel who monitored U.S. naval units around the world and watched worldwide news broadcasts. [...]
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Pentagon ID badge
Comdr. Dunn used this card to enter the Pentagon and gain access to areas outside the Navy Command Center.
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Television from Navy Command Center
Staff members in the Navy Command Center were watching live news coverage of the World Trade Center attacks on this television when a hijacked plane struck the Pentagon.
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Navy Command Center survivor's story
September 11th Reflections: My Ring Story By Lieutenant Kevin Shaeffer 94, U.S. Navy (Retired) September 11, 2001A beautiful morning to be sure. At least thats how it started out. It was close to 6:30 a.m. and I was riding in to the Pentagon [...]

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