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Hickam Airman Describes Attack on The Pentagon

Chief Master Sergeant Bill Abbott Chief Master Sergeant Bill Abbott
Smoke rises from the Pentagon after the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001 Smoke rises from the Pentagon after the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001

by Beth Hillyer

HICKAM AFB (KHNL) - Even though it's been five years, Chief Master Sergeant Bill Abbott says the attack seems like it was yesterday.

He recounts his near-death experience because he says it is important for everyone to remember the tragedy.

Had the terrorists crashed just 50 feet higher, they would have hit Chief Abbott's office.

Bill Abbott explains, "Where the aircraft hit the pentagon we were directly across from it."

Five years and thousands of miles don't erase his emotions. "It's hard to believe it's been five years seems like it was just yesterday, says Abbott. It was sad knowing innocent people lost their lives and it could have been me."

Abbott recalls his escape. "As i got outside I turned and looked and you could see the smoke and flames coming out windows."

Abbott explains, "During the evacuation officials feared a second attack. "At that time when the plane was coming and the plane had already hit the Pentagon, I was thinking this is what it kinda felt like at Pearl Harbor. The planes coming in attacking and nobody expecting it. My family didn't know if I was OK or not. I think that was the most difficult thing for me."

The very next day, September 12th, Abbott went back to work at the Pentagon.

"I think at the time the terrorists think they were probably breaking our spirit but in my personal opinion I think it made us stronger."

He says five years later Americans can't let their guard down.

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