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.
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.