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MacDonald, Barbara

9/11 Pentagon Attack Oral History

"You have to track everybody in those situations...you have three categories that you're working with...the seriously ill and injured...the ones that went into the hospital just for general treatment to be released, and then of course you're dealing with all the deaths."

Date of Interview: 22 January 2002

Interviewers: CDR Carol O'Hagan, CDR Karen Lofts, & YNCS Kathleen Wright, USNR, Navy Combat Documentation Detachment 206

At the time of the attack, Ms. MacDonald was serving as the Casualty Assistance Coordinator for Naval District Washington.  On the morning of the attack, she was at work at the Washington Navy Yard.


MacDonald, Barbara
Title: MacDonald, Barbara

Oral History Summary:

The casualty assistance coordinator and the casualty assistance office works on any casualty case regarding a Navy personnel, whether it's a death or an injury, a single person or a mass casualty event.  They track the handling of the case and manage the CACO assigned.  In her oral history, Ms. MacDonald described all of the work that was required after the Pentagon was hit.  She described the efforts of her office, the other offices they worked with, and the work of the CACOs.  She also provided several lessons learned.

Oral History Abstract and Transcript: MacDonald, Barbara Pentagon Attack Oral History (PDF, 466kb)

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Published: Mon Jun 14 14:31:42 EDT 2021