Patton Museum now has 9/11 Pentagon Fire Truck on display
Foam 161 Arrives at the Patton Museum on 11 September 2013. Firefighters Skipper, Young and Wallace are in the front row, center.
The collection of the General George Patton Museum and Center of Leadership now includes the Army fire truck damaged by the September 11, 2001 terror attack on the Pentagon.
This unique piece of American history formally entered the museum’s collection on September 11, 2013, as the culmination of a 3-day series of events that included a parade under KY State Police escort along U.S. Highway 31W from Fort Knox to Elizabethtown KY, and back to Fort Knox. This chief result of this event alone was an unprecedented level of community involvement and support.
The truck’s original crew, Mark Skipper, Alan Wallace and Dennis Young were guests of honor at the events, which included events hosted by the Hardin County KY Fire Chief’s Association and the Fort Knox Fire Department. Installation commander, MG Jeff Smith and the commanding general of the US Army Human Resources Command, MG David Mustion, met with the crew. Finally, the crew and truck were focal points of the annual Fort Knox Patriot’s Day ceremony on the morning of September 11, 2013.
The Patton Museum Foundation (a 501c3 non-profit organization) is now raising funds to construct a permanent exhibit that honors all first responders and all levels of leadership that responded to the 9-11 attacks. According to Museum Curator, Nathan Jones, “Foam 161 will be displayed in its damaged condition in an exhibit that allows the visitor to enter a “Pentagon Office” and, while trying to escape the fire and damage, emerge ‘outside’ and sees the damaged Foam 161” as it was during the aftermath of the attack. He added, “We will display images of the proposed exhibit as the exhibit designer, Explus, Inc. completes detailed renderings”
Meanwhile, if you are interested in supporting our exhibit, please contact the Foundation’s administrative offices directly at 502-943-8977.