The Pentagon on 9-11-2001: Photos

Employees at the Pentagon on 9-11-2001 went to work as usual, not once thinking about a plane crashing into the E-Ring. Why would they? The Pentagon store calls the building “Fort America.” The five-sided building embodied America’s strength and power, but on September 11, 2001 it showed that even the headquarters for the Department of Defense was vulnerable to attack. 125 people inside, mostly Army and Navy personnel, were killed, along with the 64 people on board Flight 77.

9:37 a.m., September 11, 2001

Clock frozen in time on a desk inside the Pentagon as the plane rammed into the building. Screenshot via Defense.gov

The Pentagon sits on 1,100 acres of ground that once belonged to Confederate General Robert E Lee and was confiscated after the Civil War. American Airlines flight 77, a Boeing 757, struck the west wall of the Pentagon somewhere around 9:37 a.m. and penetrated three of the building’s five rings. Burning jet fuel turned it into an inferno. Parts of that section were being renovated at the time, which likely saved many lives, since no one occupied that portion at the time. Ultimately, the project to replace the devastated sections of the building took $500 Million and a decade to complete.

Screenshot of flames from the E-Ring -U.S. Air Force/TSgt Louis Briscese
Screenshot U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl Jason Ingersoll
Photo screenshot via Alexandria Fire Department

Retired Army General Jack Keane was inside the Pentagon on 9-11-2001.

“I knew it was a terrorist attack,” Keane told Fox News. “…I was getting a report from the chief of my operations center — a two-star general — and we were talking about an airplane that had come up I-95 and had come close to Washington, D.C.,and then back to the east and went south. We were discussing what, if any, evacuation procedures there were for buildings in D.C. when the plane hit and rocked the Pentagon.”

As Keane and the chief of the operations center discussed why the plane turned away and the procedure for evacuating buildings in Washington, D.C., a plane hit the Pentagon, and smoke filled parts of the building “almost immediately.” He then told the two-star general “to get the word to the Army writ large that the Army operation center was operational despite the attack, and that we would maintain that command and control of the Army around the world here.”

Keane and his aide then wet some T-shirts in an office bathroom to prevent smoke inhalation and went to “assist people to get out of the building.”…

“We knew we were at war,” Keane said. “The first battle of that war took place in the Pentagon and the World Trade Center. I visited the hospital that night, five different hospitals. We had lots of wounded. Some of them stayed for weeks. I realized that there was a significant amount of heroism that had taken place from the patients in the hospital, as well as from my officers and CEOs and civilians who joined me in the operation center who had been assisting people outside.” 

Fox interview with General Jack Keane

All who remember the attacks on 9-11-2001 now know that the danger of another terrorist attack on US soil is not gone, but has increased. Life changed that fateful day, not only for the United States, but for the world. No matter how much Black Lives Matter, Antifa, the FBI, CIA, or even Hillary Clinton view the majority of Americans as terrorists, nothing compares to the tragedy of 9-11. Because of incompetence, we are destined to live it again unless stupidity is somehow removed from our leadership.

Screenshot US Marine Corps/ Cpl Jason Ingersoll

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Featured photo: screenshot via Defense.gov

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