SEPTEMBER 11
BEARING WITNESS TO HISTORY

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Candy dispenser.
Melted chocolate inside this candy dispenser from Charles Reimerís office testifies to the heat from the Pentagon fire.


Location: Pentagon
Source: Gift of Charles A. Reimer


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Objects from Pentagon civilian office
Description: This M&M dispenser, soot-covered calendar, and desk copy of the U.S. Army code were recovered from the Pentagon office of Charles A. Reimer, Deputy Division Chief, Strategic Leadership, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff Operations/Army G-3.

Context: Charles Reimer, a civilian employee for the Department of Defense, survived the terrorist attack on the Pentagon. His office was on the third floor of the D ring (the E ring is the exterior), and was directly above the path of the airplane as it slid through the first and second floors of E, D, and C rings. As flames shot up past the windows and the area filled with smoke, he helped a fellow worker escape from the building. In the Pentagon attack, 125 employees were killed and 140 were injured; on board the airplane, all 53 passengers, six crew members, and five hijackers were killed.

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Desk calendar
This calendar page, frozen on September 2001, is covered with soot from the terrorist attack.
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Statement from Charles Reimer
When the explosion occurred, I had just stood up from my desk to go to COL Volk's office. The explosion knocked me against the wall, blew out the windows on the E-ring side of 3D450. I watched the flame come in the windows and them go back out, presumably [...]
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Recovering office materials
Reimer and colleagues, wearing protective gear, returned to their damaged offices to recover government property and personal objects. They were not allowed to stay long because of fears that their section of the building would collapse.
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Title 10 United States Code
A Title 10 Army book of regulations from Charles Reimerís office survived the Pentagon attack.

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