Fire Apparatus Damaged on 9/11 on Display at Fort Knox

Fire truck Foam 161, which was damaged on Sept. 11, 2001, is going on display at the Gen. George S. Patton Museum and Center of Leadership at Fort Knox.

Patton Museum Curator Nathan Jones said the truck will be part of an exhibit highlighting leadership issues that arose from the attacks. The exhibit is part of a retooling of the museum that will eventually feature interactive displays, including Skipper, Wallace and Young speaking about working at the Fort Myer Fire Station on the Pentagon grounds the day of the attacks. Jones said he had been seeking something from Sept. 11 for the exhibit when the truck became available.

Foam 161 will be one of two damaged trucks on display at the Patton Museum. A third truck is slated for display in New York City in the future.

The exhibit will be at a military post with multiple 9/11 connections. The Human Resources Command on the post is named for Lt. Gen. Timothy Maude, who died in the attacks. Also, Garrison Commander T.J. Edwards worked at the Pentagon and heard the attack.

Al Wallace, the driver of the truck, described how he and fellow firefighters saw the plane and heard the crash from the Fort Myer Fire Station just yards from the west side of the Pentagon.

“It’s a wonder [firefighter Mark] Skipper and I weren’t cut to shreds,” said Wallace, who lives near Columbus, Ohio.

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