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 hit by a fireball and sustained burns to his face and other exposed skin. Despite his injuries, Smith administered first aid to other Pentagon employees and searched for additional survivors.