Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2016.170.1
Credit Line: Gift of LTC Philip J. Smith, U.S. Army
Class B pale green short-sleeved uniform dress shirt with dark blue epaulets, each embroidered with a silver service star. The shirt is stained with jet fuel splashed across the front and covering the sleeves.
On September 11, 2001, U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Philip J. Smith was a Branch Chief at the Pentagon, with responsibility for supervising multiple staff members and managing core personnel functions. His work space was a compartmentalized office area, 2D-450, which sat directly in the path of Flight 77. At that time, Smith was standing in front of a copy machine, making photocopies for a meeting, when the plane struck the building. Smith was splashed with jet fuel and sustained burns to his face and other exposed skin. Despite his injuries, Smith assisted with evacuations as he made his way out of the damaged building. It wasn't until much later in the day that he learned of the severity of his own injuries.