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Lt. Col. Robert Grunewald (pictured in the 9-11 Memorial Chapel) was in the Pentagon when American Airlines Flight 77 struck the building. He knew 31 of the Pentagon staffers who died in the crash.
Rebecca Sheir
  Lt. Col. Robert Grunewald (pictured in the 9-11 Memorial Chapel) was in the Pentagon when American Airlines Flight 77 struck the building. He knew 31 of the Pentagon staffers who died in the crash.

Lt. Col. Robert Grunewald was in the middle of a routine meeting at the Pentagon when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building. The two men on either side of him perished, and Grunewald escaped only by crawling on his hands and knees through corridors on fire. Grunewald talks with Rebecca Sheir about his story of disaster, heartbreak and, ultimately, hope.

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