Marines and the Day Care—A 9/11 Story

This was sent to me via e-mail by a friend–no author named. Is not mentioned on snopes or other check-it-out sites. It sure sounds, though, like something quite probable within the right circumstances.

God bless your 2010 with many opportunities to serve others, to be served, and to find joy in both.


Did you know there was a day care center in the Pentagon?
This is a little-known story regarding the 9/11 terror attack on the Pentagon. Another thing we never heard about.

“During a visit with a fellow chaplain, who happened to be assigned to the Pentagon, I had a chance to hear a first-hand account of an incident that happened right after Flight 77 hit the Pentagon. The chaplain told me what happened at a day care center near where the impact occurred.

“This day care had many children, including infants who were in heavy cribs. The day care supervisor, looking at all the children they needed to evacuate, was in a panic over what they could do. There were many children, mostly toddlers, as well as the infants that would need to be taken out with the cribs. There was no time to try to bundle them into carriers and strollers..

“Just then a young Marine came running into the center and asked what they needed. After hearing what the Center Director was trying to do, he ran back out into the hallway and disappeared. The Director thought, ‘Well, here we are – on our own.’ But in about two minutes the Marine returned with 40 other Marines in tow. Each of them grabbed a crib with a child, and the rest started gathering up toddlers.

“The Director and her staff helped them take all the children out of the center and down toward a park on the Potomac near the Pentagon. Once they got about 3/4 of a mile outside the building, the Marines stopped in the park, and then did a fabulous thing – they formed a circle with the cribs, which were quite sturdy and heavy, like the covered wagons circled in the Old West. Inside this circle of cribs, they put the toddlers, to keep them from wandering off. Outside this circle were the 40 Marines, forming a perimeter around the children and waiting for instructions. There they remained until the parents could be notified and come get their children.”

The Chaplain then said, “I don’t think any of us saw or heard of this on any of the news stories of the day. It was just an incredible story of those Marines responding willingly and quickly to a tactical problem that presented itself. – But would we have expected any less of them?”

“Most of us wonder if our lives can make any difference. Marines don’t have that problem.”
Semper Fi ….


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4 thoughts on “Marines and the Day Care—A 9/11 Story

  1. Dennis S Winningstad Tuesday, 17 July 2012 at 14:10 Reply

    Yes, Marines are good, but why do they always get all the credit? Any platoon from the US Army would do the same thing. Navy, Coast Guard etc.

    • Christine Hunt Tuesday, 17 July 2012 at 14:36 Reply

      Don’t know that they do “always get all the credit,” Dennis. I also know dozens of members of the other services and honor their proficiencies and sacrifices, as well. This story, though not proved to be historically accurate, just happened to be about Marines — and was particularly poignant to me because when I posted it my son, a spec ops reconnaissance Marine, was in Iraq.

  2. Robert Nielsen Sunday, 25 July 2010 at 20:00 Reply

    Unfortunately, DOES mention this story – and says that it is FALSE. Link:

    Now, take it for what it’s worth, since snopes has been proven wrong, and accused of being liberally biased.

    • Christine Hunt Monday, 26 July 2010 at 11:59 Reply

      Thanks, Robert, for pointing out it’s presence on Snopes. It would not surprise me if the story were an embellishment, but it’s one I could see Marines doing if called on. I’d never hesitate to call for help from a platoon of good Marine grunts. They know how to get things done!

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