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This is little-known story from the Pentagon on 09/11/2001

Sunday, January 01, 2012

A chaplain, who happened to be assigned to the Pentagon, shared a first-hand account of an incident that happened right after Flight 77 hit the Pentagon. The chaplain told what happened at a daycare center near where the impact occurred. This daycare had many children, including infants who were in heavy cribs. The daycare supervisor, looking at all the children they needed to evacuate, was in a panic over what they could do. There were many children, mostly toddlers, as well as the infants that would need to be taken out with the cribs. There was no time to try to bundle them into carriers and strollers. Just then a young Marine came running into the center and asked what they needed. After hearing what the center director was trying to do, he ran back out into the hallway and disappeared. The director thought, 'Well, here we are-on our own.'

About 2 minutes later, that Marine returned with 40 other Marines in tow. Each of them grabbed a crib with a child, and the rest started gathering up toddlers. The director and her staff then helped them take all the children out of the center and down toward the park near the Potomac and the Pentagon. Once they got about of a mile outside the building, the Marines stopped in the park, and then did a fabulous thing - they formed a circle with the cribs, which were quite sturdy and heavy, like the covered wagons in the Old West. Inside this circle of cribs, they put the toddlers, to keep them from wandering off. Outside this circle were the 40 Marines, forming a perimeter around the children and waiting for instructions. There they remained until the parents could be notified and come get their children.

None of this was on any of the news stories of the day. It was an incredible story of our men there. The thought of those Marines and what they did and how fast they reacted; could we expect any less from them? It is one of the most touching stories from the Pentagon.
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  • v SUNSHINE65
    EGAMER is correct...no burly Marines helped evacuate the kids. One father, Col. William Stoppel, of the National Guard, stopped by to check on his son when he heard of the New York attacks. He was involved in evacuating the kids. His cubicle was destroyed in a direct hit by Flight 77. Park Rangers showed up a couple of hours later and did form a ring around the kids, until they could be transported by an empty tour bus to a Virginia DoT facility to await their parents. Apparently the burly Marine story arose from the Park Rangers, but it didn't circulate until 2008. And it wasn't reported in the news because it didn't happen.
    1449 days ago
  • v EGAMER
    This is a good story but there is no substantiation anywhere. The author deserves an award for best 9/11 fiction.
    1450 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/7/2012 10:33:02 AM
  • v UNSTOPPABLE_
    What a wonderful story of our heroes. Thank you for sharing it.
    1667 days ago
  • v CJSARGENT1
    what a great story of strength, duty and love. Thank you for sharing
    1667 days ago
  • v AQUAGIRL08
    What a touching story. My daughter works at the Pentagon. You'll be happy to hear that many changes in security have happened there since 9/11. One change in particular is that the day care now has it's own security entrance/exit. This is good news for those of us who lived in the area during 9/11 and had safety concerns for the little ones. The entire Washington, D.C. Metro area was a scary place for us to live in back then. I'm glad I moved in 2003!
    1667 days ago
  • v TUTUNAN
    A great tribute to the Marines .
    1668 days ago
  • v GRANDMA624
    That is a great story. Whenever I hear stories like that about our military, it brings tears to my eyes. God Bless them. emoticon
    1668 days ago
  • v ALICERIEGER
    Why is it great stories of the goodness of our military never makes the news? I'm so glad you shared this with us. Thank you.
    1668 days ago
  • v NAYPOOIE
    great story
    1668 days ago
  • v HEALTHYSLIM2
    Great story of what it means to be a true hero - acting quickly and selflessly to save the lives of children!
    God bless each and every one of those marines!
    1668 days ago
  • v HELEN_BRU
    Wonderful story! Sorry it didn't get the publicity it should have.
    1668 days ago
  • v DIDMIS
    My husband was a marine. They go through rigorous training. I am glad to hear that story. Thank you.
    1668 days ago
  • v MARYB73
    I had not heard that, either, but I think I can believe it of our Marines.
    1668 days ago
  • v ECONLADY
    I had never heard that story. Thank you for sharing!
    1668 days ago
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