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Four Days at the Pentagon author Pantaleo to speak at Olivet College Sept. 12
Aug 31, 2012

Author and retired U.S. Marine Corps Major Dan Pantaleo will speak as part of Olivet College’s Lecture and Symposium Series Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 1:30 p.m. in Mott Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Pantaleo, a 1985 Olivet College graduate, was working in his office in nearby Rosslyn on Sept. 11, 2001, when American Airlines Flight 77 hit the west wall of the Pentagon. He was serving as senior officer that day at the Joint Tactical Radio Systems’ Joint Program Office. After two planes hit the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York, the realization quickly set in among Pantaleo and his colleagues that it was a terrorist attack. Soon after, the group saw smoke and fire in the distance from Pantaleo’s fourth-floor office. The Rosslyn building was evacuated, and the Marine major began heading for the smoke to see if he could help.

Pantaleo spent the next four days at the Pentagon heading up a crew recovering bodies, meeting with President George W. Bush, and in a scene captured on CNN and in The Washington Post, helped recover a Marine Corps flag from a charred office. His self-published book, “Four Days at the Pentagon,” describes what he and others who responded did under difficult circumstances during the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Pantaleo retired from active duty with the Marine Corps in 2005 with the rank of major. He began a career as program manager with BAE Systems, Land and Armaments, a major defense contracting company, and currently serves as director of proposal operations.

An Olivet College 1984 NCAA Division III wrestling champion, Pantaleo is a member of the State of Michigan Wrestling Hall of Fame and Olivet College Athletic Hall of Fame. He was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal for his actions at the Pentagon during 9/11.

Pantaleo’s book is available on Amazon.com. All proceeds go to the Marine Wounded Warrior Regiment. For more information on the lecture, call (269) 749-7131.


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