Monday, September 12, 2011
Charles E. Williams of Fulton was on duty at the National Naval Medical Center at Bethesda, Md., on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, when an airliner hijacked by terrorists slammed into the nearby Pentagon building.
About six minutes after the plane exploded in a fireball at the Pentagon, all of the phones went dead at the hospital.
On the Intercom for the entire building, the voice of the commanding officer ordered all civilians out of the hospital. The entire complex was locked down and all military personnel were placed on combat status until further notice.