DoD Announces Preliminary Casualty Numbers from Pentagon Attack
By Sgt. 1st Class Kathleen T. Rhem, USA
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2001 DoD officials announced tentative numbers this morning of those still unaccounted for in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon.
Defense officials said 126 persons are still missing. The number doesn't include the victims who were aboard the hijacked plane that slammed into the Pentagon.
The Army is missing 21 military, 47 civilian, and six contractor personnel. Navy officials report they are missing 33 sailors and nine civilians. Other defense agencies reported a total of 10 persons still unaccounted for as well.
Officials stressed the numbers are initial estimates. "While the number is not expected to change significantly, this is only a preliminary initial estimate based on roster checks and other information," a spokesperson said.
No one has said how many remains have been removed from the wreckage, but officials have said all remains recovered are being sent to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology at Dover Air Force Base, Del.
After the remains have been formally identified, the families of those killed will be notified and DoD will release the names to the public, officials said.