Friday, September 14, 2001

America Attacked

Army general who served
here isle survives
Pentagon attack

By Gregg K. Kakesako

An Army general who served with the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks was in the section of the Pentagon that was hit by a hijacked jetliner this week and survived.

Brig. Gen. Karl Eikenberry, who left the job of assistant 25th Division commander in May, was working near where the hijacked American Airlines jetliner crashed Tuesday, according to Bill Paty, who serves as civilian aide to the secretary of the Army. Eikenberry now serves as the deputy director of strategy and plans in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans.

Paty said he heard through Army sources that Eikenberry helped in the rescue operations.

He did not know if any other Army soldiers with Hawaii ties were injured or killed in Tuesday's attack.

Also in the Pentagon at the time of the attack was Maj. Gen. William "Kip" Ward, who commanded the 25th Division from July 1999 to November 2000. Ward's current job is vice director of operations for the joint staff. Paty said he thinks Ward's office is located away from the crash site.

The Pentagon said the Army suffered the heaviest loss with 74 people. In what it called an initial and preliminary estimate, the Pentagon said 126 people who were in the area at the time of the attack Tuesday were killed.

Of the Army's loss of 74 people, 21 were soldiers, 47 were Army civilians and six were Army contractors.

The Navy lost 42 people -- 33 sailors and nine civilians.

E-mail to City Desk

Text Site Directory:
[News] [Business] [Features] [Sports] [Editorial] [Do It Electric!]
[Classified Ads] [Search] [Subscribe] [Info] [Letter to Editor]

© 2001 Honolulu Star-Bulletin