The documentary We were on Duty featured the voices of
seven survivors of the 9-11 attack on the Pentagon. Also in conversation
were some of the spouses. Together they are...
Cooper - DIA Finance Manager. Was inside room 1C535 of the Pentagon
- the office of the Defense Intelligence Agency Comptroller. Seven of
the 18 people in the office died.
John Yates - John Yates served 20 years on active duty with the
U. S. Army and retired in 1990. He has worked in his current position
since 1991. John is married, has three children and three grandchildren
and currently lives with his wife Ellen in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
J.J. Jackson - a computer specialist was on the first floor of
the D ring, a hundred feet from where Flight 77 crashed. (story)
Major John Thurman - is currently an Operations Research Systems
Analyst in the Officer Division of the Directorate of Military Personnel
Policy in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1 (Personnel),
Department of the Army. (photo)
Gonzales - an office supervisor and retired Navy Commander was inside
room 1C535 of the Pentagon - the office of the Defense Intelligence
Agency Comptroller. Seven of the 18 people in his office died.
Racquel Kelley - A civilian computer technician in the Army's
Information Management Support Center. (photo)
Shari Taylor - DIA Finance Manager was outside in the parking
lot and watched the plane hit the area to which she was heading.
Mike & Louise Kurtz - currently live in Stafford Virginia,
with two children Corey Ann 30 and Michael Jr.. Corey lives in Rome
New York and Mike lives in Philadelphia. They have two grandchildren
ages 14 and 7. They also have two dogs Miniature pinchers Maggie &
Jake. Mike kurtz is retired from the Air Force (22 Yrs.) and currently
works for the Department of Justice. Mike and Louise have been married
for 31 years.
Brian & Mel Birdwell - Brian Birdwell sustained burns to
more than 40% of his body He received the Purple Heart for his injuries.
Lt. Col. Birdwell was released on December 5th from Washington Hospital
Center, where he continues to undergo physical therapy as an outpatient.
His wife, Mel, and his 12-year-old son Matthew have supported him throughout
his recovery process. Lt. Col. Birdwell currently serves as the military
assistant to the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management.