Seamount named for
slain sailor who served at Pearl

Associated Press

MOREHEAD, Ky. >> A former Navy weather specialist who was killed in the terrorist attack on the Pentagon last year has been honored by having an underwater mountain northwest of Honolulu named after him.

Edward Thomas Earhart, an aerographer's mate first class, died when a hijacked airliner crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

Representatives of the U.S. Navy, Naval Ice Center and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration presented a plaque and map of the mountain to Earhart's family last night in a ceremony at the Veterans Memorial in downtown Morehead.

A science major at Morehead State University, Earhart left his studies in 1995 to join the Navy. Until 2000, he was stationed at the Naval Pacific Meteorology and Oceanography Center in Pearl Harbor, where he provided weather information and reports to ships and airplanes in the area.

In 2001, he transferred to the Pentagon, where he specialized in weather forecasting for naval air and sea exercises.

Earhart Seamount is located about 2,000 miles northwest of Honolulu. A neighboring underwater mountain has been named in honor of Earhart's co-worker, Matthew Flocco, aerographer's mate second class, who also died in the attack on the Pentagon.

Two other victims of the terrorist attacks have received the honor. In May, undersea mountains in the same region were named for two National Geographic Society staff members who died aboard the plane that struck the Pentagon.

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