SEPTEMBER 11
BEARING WITNESS TO HISTORY

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Negative #: 2002-3673


Location: Pentagon
Source: Transfer from the U.S. Department of Defense, Fort Myer Fire and Emergency Services Division


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Pentagon fire truck panel
Description: This panel was part of Foam Truck 161 operated by the Fort Myer Fire and Emergency Services Division, Pentagon Station.

Context: This fire truck panel, covered with soot and pockmarked by flying debris, is mute testimony to the intensity of the plane crash. On the morning of September 11, Mark Skipper and fellow firefighter Alan Wallace pulled Foam Truck 161 out of the Pentagon firehouse and parked it next to the Pentagon helipad in preparation for President Bush’s planned arrival later in the day. Debris from the crash of the airliner into the Pentagon destroyed the back of the truck and threw Skipper to the ground. After calling for help on the truck radio and extinguishing the burning truck, the firefighters turned their attention to the heavily damaged Pentagon.

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Foam Truck 161 on fire
Pentagon firefighters battled a fire on Foam Truck 161 that was caused by the impact of the airplane.
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Pentagon helipad
Debris from the impact covered the Pentagon helipad. The disabled Foam Truck 161 is barely visible against the scorched Pentagon in the center of the picture.
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After the attack
Foam Truck 161 sits abandoned near the damaged section of the Pentagon.
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"...The whole back of the fire truck had melted."
William Yeingst
September 11 Collecting Curator. Museum Specialist, Division of Social History

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