Due to the sensitive nature, and considering the time frame and equipment with which they were captured, the majority of the photographs used in this exhibit will appear pixelated.
From the collection of the National Museum of the United States Army
The National Museum of the United States Army celebrates over 245 years of Army history and honors our nation's Soldiers - past, present, and future - the Regular Army, the Army Reserve, and the Army National Guard.
National Museum of the United States Army
1775 Liberty Drive
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060
Melted Coin Cluster (1998) by U.S. MintNational Museum of the United States Army
These coins were recovered from the Pentagon following the attacks by a team of U.S. Army Center of Military History (CMH) curators. There is plastic melted onto the coins that is believed to be from the container the coins were in.
Landing Gear Fragment
This fragment is from the lower portion of a landing gear strut. It is from one of the aircraft that struck the World Trade Center. It was retrieved during the debris recovery operation, which was a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project.
From the collection at The Pentagon
1400 Defense Blvd
Washington, D.C. 20301
From the collection of the Army Museum Enterprise
Missing Flight Recorders Poster (Early-21st Century) by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)National Museum of the United States Army
Missing Flight Recorders Poster
This FBI poster was created for the World Trade Center site in New York City, alerting those in the recovery efforts to be on the lookout for any of the missing “black box” flight recorders from the planes.
Appreciation (2001-09) by Branden MorganNational Museum of the United States Army
Handmade Patriotic Card
This handmade card was made by Branden Morgan, a child living in New York City at the time. The inside reads, “Thank you forevery thing you have done for the U.S.A. and for saving all those people you have saved good luck.”
United States National Flag (2001-09-14) by U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Cedric H. RudisillNational Museum of the United States Army
United States National Flag
This U.S. flag was unfurled over the west wall of the Pentagon on September 12, 2001, by Soldiers and firefighters working the recovery efforts. It remained there until October 11, 2001, when it was lowered and folded with full military honors.
From the collection of the 10th Mountain & Fort Drum Museum
Beginning with the native peoples and covering the arrival of the U.S. Army into the North Country of New York, the Museum covers the development of the installation through the present and the history of the 10th Mountain Division from its inception in the mountains of Colorado to its wartime baptism in the mountains of Italy. Also told is the modern history of the Division, where it becomes the most deployed division in the U.S. Army, including numerous wartime tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
10th Mountain Division & Fort Drum Museum
P2509 COL Reade Road
Fort Drum, NY 13602
Phone: (315) 774-0253
Following the September 11 attacks, it was determined that al Qaeda was utilizing Afghanistan as a base of operations. In response, on October 7, 2001, President George W. Bush announced that airstrikes targeting al Qaeda and the Taliban had begun in Afghanistan staring Operation Enduring Freedom. The first large scale conventional battle took place between March 2 and March 16, 2002 in the Shahi-Kot Valley and was known as Operation Anaconda.
From the collection of the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps Museum
Always present with Soldiers in war and in peace, the Chaplain Corps provides religious support to America's Army by nurturing the living, caring for the wounded, and honoring the fallen. That story is told at the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps Museum.
U.S. Army Chaplain Corps Museum
10100 Lee Road
Fort Jackson, SC 29207
Phone: (803) 751-8079/8827
From the collection of the U.S. Army Artillery Museum
Opened June 2, 2009, the U.S. Army Artillery Museum tells the story of Artillery from 1775 to the present with over 70 guns and artillery pieces and numerous other artifacts from head gear and ammo to small arms and uniforms.
U.S. Army Artillery Museum
238 Randolph Rd
Fort Sill, OK 73503
Phone: (580) 442-1819
World Trade Center I-Beam (2001-09-11)National Museum of the United States Army
World Trade Center I-Beam
This short section of mangled I-Beam was recovered from the World Trade Center.
The Army Art Program
In every era, Army Artists have forged deep connections with Soldiers. Today’s Army Artists serve as documentary historians to promote esprit de corps throughout the ranks by portraying Soldiers who make great and small sacrifices for their country.
The Army Art Program
“Any subject is in order… the nobility, courage, cowardice, cruelty, boredom of war; all this should form part of a well-rounded picture… Express if you can, realistically or symbolically, the essence and spirit of war.”
– George Biddle, Chairman of War Department Art Advisory Committee
George Biddle, artist and founder of the depression era Federal Art Project, outlined the mission of the Army’s World War II combat artists and his inspiration remains relevant today. Since World War I, the Army has embedded Soldier and civilian artists with troops to participate in their lives and document their findings in art. These Army Artists have had great latitude in their choice of subject matter, covering everything from the dangers of combat to the Soldier’s daily routine.
In every era, Army Artists have forged deep connections with Soldiers. They immerse themselves in troop life and witness personal connections among Soldiers. Today’s Army Artists serve as documentary historians to promote esprit de corps throughout the ranks by portraying Soldiers who make great and small sacrifices for their country. In an era in which the Army’s activities are well-documented by photography, both by professional photographers and the cell phones of individual soldiers, Army Artists offer yet another visual medium to record the Army’s history and to elevate both the heroic and the mundane details of daily life to the status of “fine art.”
Plan Accordingly (2002) by Col. Gary N. CassidyNational Museum of the United States Army
Gary Cassidy served in Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and peacekeeping efforts in Bosnia. He deployed to Bosnia as an Army Artist and produced a number of paintings and sketches. He produced this painting of the damaged Pentagon shortly after the attack of September 11, 2001.
September 11 (2001) by M. Sgt. Henrietta SnowdenNational Museum of the United States Army
This pastel drawing portrays the damaged Pentagon on September 11, 2001. M. Sgt. Snowden was the Army’s Artist-in-Residence at the time of the terrorist attacks and created this artwork while the images of devastation were fresh in her mind.
Heading Out (2010) by M. Sgt. Martin CervantezNational Museum of the United States Army
This atmospheric watercolor painting depicts a squad of the 101st Airborne Division heading “out of the wire” on a patrol near Forward Operating Base Gardez in northeastern Afghanistan in fall 2008.
The Hazara Province (2003) by Sfc. Elzie GoldenNational Museum of the United States Army
The Hazara Province
In this painting, Artist-in-Residence Sfc. Golden depicts Special Forces troops patrolling in the region of the Hazara tribe in Afghanistan. As he was unable to deploy with this group, the artist used photos as reference to create the painting.
I'll Be Fine Guys (2019) by Sfc. Juan MuñozNational Museum of the United States Army
I'll Be Fine Guys
This watercolor portrays three Soldiers carrying a wounded comrade to safety. The wounded Soldier holds up his left hand in a “thumbs-up” gesture from his stretcher, indicating to his friends that he will be fine, as the title of the painting indicates.
Army Museum Enterprise
U.S. Army Chaplain Corps Museum
10th Mountain & Fort Drum Museum
U.S. Army Artillery Museum