'It was chaotic' Helena man recalls when Pentagon was hit on 9/11

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A photograph provided by Metzger shows triage tents set up outside of the Pentagon on Sept. 12, 2001.

Photo courtesy of John Metzger Phil Drake

John Metzger said he wanted to write a simple letter to Osama bin Laden shortly after a jetliner hit the Pentagon where Metzger was working on Sept. 11, 2001 and changed the world forever:

“You missed me, you SOB.”

And 20 years later, Metzger, who is now retired and now lives in Helena, offered his memories of the terrorist attacks masterminded by bin Laden in which the Pentagon was hit, the Twin Towers in New York City tumbled to the ground and a field in Pennsylvania served as a crash site.

In all, nearly 3,000 people were killed.

Metzger was working as a defense analyst for the Office of the Secretary of Defense and remembered hearing a pop. It was followed by a blast of air and then a wall of heat that Tuesday morning.

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