Fifty-three men and 17 women were honored Wednesday at Fort Myer, Va., for their courage during the Sept. 11 attacks. Many of those honored still showed signs of their injuries.
All 70 people received awards, including 27 who received the Purple Heart. Among those honored was Gerald Barrett, a Charlotte man who had just started his Pentagon assignment weeks before.
"Thinking back on it, I never really felt like I was in danger. It was just a response and reaction," he said. "You had people who needed help. You had people that were going back in, so you just went in."
A soldier who calls Fayetteville home was honored for his heroic acts the day the plane hit the Pentagon. Lieutenant Colonel Ted Anderson received a soldier's medal for risking his own life to help others.
"This had all of the smells of combat. It had all of the sounds of combat. It tasted like combat," he said.
Tony Rose of the Outer Banks received a Purple Heart and a soldier's medal for his actions, but he says he does not feel like a hero.
"We're still going to funerals and that's hard because we don't have closure yet," he said.
There are 125 people either declared dead or unaccounted for from the Sept. 11 attack on the Pentagon.
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