“I don’t know if my husband called me or I called him, but we got on the phone,” die Lugmag officer told Fox News. “The only thing I said was, ‘The Pentagon’s been hit.’”
“Hy het gesê, ‘I’m on my way,’ which told me he was going to look after figuring out how to get the kids,” vervolg sy. “And then I went into commander mode along with my team to do what we had trained to do.”
Lt. Kol. Tim Born made it to the Pentagon and was directed to where the day care center had been relocated after being evacuated. The day care center director would later describe the rescue: service members from each military branch carried cribs with multiple infants in them, followed by confused and stunned toddlers.
The Born daughters, nou 23 en 20, both grew up to join the Amerikaanse. militêre.
Their mother Dana, who at the time commanded the 11th Mission Support Squadron at what was then-Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., was conducting a staff meeting across the Potomac River from the Pentagon when the third hijacked plane struck the Pentagon.
“It was a beautiful morning, as beautiful as they come, blue skies, and look at how things happened,” Dana told Fox News in an interview.
‘There was a ring of cribs with two or three young infants in each crib’
Tim Born, who had dropped the girls off that morning, was in his office’s conference room watching the news coverage of the attacks on the twin towers.
“Oor 30 minutes into the broadcast they reported an explosion at the Pentagon,” het hy aan Fox News gesê.
“I didn’t wait around for the details,” Tim said. “I ran to my office to grab my car key and just as I was rushing out the door the phone rang and it was my wife on the phone.”
“The only thing she said was, ‘You’ve got to get the kids, the Pentagon’s been hit,’” he recounted.
It took him 45 minutes of navigating traffic to reach the Pentagon, but by the time Tim arrived, armed guards told him that the day care had already been evacuated and relocated to a position half a mile north of the building.
The frantic father spent another 15 minutes searching until he was finally granted a moment of relief.
“It’s a scene I’ll never forget as long as I live,” Tim said.
“Behind me was total destruction, chaos and death,” het hy aan Fox News gesê. “And in front of me, on the banks of the Potomac, a small tributary called Boundary Channel, they had reestablished the Pentagon day care and there was a ring of cribs with two or three young infants in each crib.”
Hanna, who graduated from the Air Force Academy last year, aan Fox News gesê: “I remember my dad came to pick my sister and I up and we went out and stayed with one of his co-workers.”
“My memories of 9/11 are a bit fragmented just because I was so young” the second lieutenant continued, though she said she vividly remembers the chaos and confusion of that day.
Relief had not yet set in for Dana, egter. She didn’t learn her daughters were safe until nine hours after the attack on the Pentagon.
“In that nine hours, probably in the in the depth of me I was concerned, but my role was as commander and I had to stay in that role,” said Born.
Tim Born recalled returning to the day care center three days later to thank the director for getting the kids to safety. He also asked her how she was able to evacuate everyone so far so quickly.