Pentagon rescuer's name tag and medal

These artifacts from Lt. Comdr. David Tarantino include his uniform name tag and Navy/Marine Corps Medal.
September 11 was filled with acts of heroism. Lt. Comdr. David Tarantino, a Navy physician, was in his Pentagon office when the hijacked plane hit. He went to the damaged section of the building and began searching for injured people. Tarantino, along with Navy Capt. David Thomas, rescued civilian employee Jerry Henson, who was trapped in his office in the Navy Command Center by fallen debris. After witnessing Tarantino's heroic efforts to save Henson, Thomas was worried he might never see Tarantino again. He tore Tarantino's name tag off so he would remember his name. In recognition of his heroic acts, the Navy awarded Lt. Comdr. Tarantino the Navy/Marine Corps Medal.
Currently not on view
overall: 2.6 cm x 7.5 cm; 1 in x 2 15/16 in
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Gift of Captain David M. Thomas Jr.
related event
September 11th Attacks
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Armed Forces History: September 11
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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