On 9/11, Couple Used Handwritten Note To Find Each Other In Chaos At The Pentagon

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The note reads:

Frank —
Sweetie I am okay. I’m w/ my office over by the Lyndon B. Johnson memorial sign. I’ll stay there till you come.
Love lots + lots,
Chip 

The note is very simple, but speaks volumes about the desperation of the situation after the Pentagon and the twin towers were attacked.

Chip and Frank, both Air Force members, worked inside the Pentagon in different sections.

Being aware of the importance of their building, they already had an agreement that they would meet in the parking lot in case of emergency.


The plane crashed into the western side of the Pentagon at 9:37 a.m., almost an hour after the twin towers were hit, according to History.com.

No one could be sure what would happen next. Especially because cell phones and the networks they depended on were compromised at the time of the attacks.

When the Pentagon was hit, a mass evacuation of high-profile buildings in Washington, DC, went underway.

Tragically, the passengers inside the hijacked plane and 125 Pentagon employees died in the attack.

Luckily, Chip and Frank lived to tell the tale — as did their note, which is now part of the Smithsonian’s 9/11 collection.

 

Thanks to the note, Chip and Frank were able to find each other. According to the Smithsonian, they helped evacuate children from the Pentagon’s childcare center to safety.

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