September 11 Memorial: Remembering the victims who died at the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania

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Carolyn B. Halmon

Age: 49

Hometown: Washington, D.C., USA

Occupation: Budget analyst, U.S. Army

Location: Ground, Pentagon

"She's been planting this garden for the last five or six years. Natural herbs, green peppers, tomatoes, collard greens and cabbage. That's about all, because it's just a little square. She would be out there all summer pulling weeds, just checking it good, and picking things and sharing with the neighbors. She'd always make nice baskets for them. You'd be surprised with just two stalks of tomatoes, we'd have more than we could handle, so we would just give it to the neighbors. This year I was late getting it started. It turned out all right, but I think it was better when she had her hand into it. My daughter said, 'It's different, I used to be out there with Mom, pulling weeds and picking tomatoes.' And I said, 'She is out there with you, watching from above, making sure you�re doing it right.'" -- Herman L. Halmon, husband

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Carolyn Halmon, 49, worked the day shift as a budget analyst for the Army at the Pentagon. Herman Halmon, her husband of nearly 30 years, worked evenings.

But he managed to drag himself out of bed every morning to drive her to the Benning Road Metro station before 7, making sure to get a goodbye kiss from the girl he'd met in junior high in Orangeburg, S.C.

Now Herman Halmon, 49, wants to remember his wife the way she was when he dropped her off Tuesday morning.

"She just said, 'Hey baby, I know you going back to bed,' " he recalled yesterday. "I said, 'That's right.' She said, 'Okay, rest good. I'll call you later.' "

But by the time later came, a hijacked American Airlines flight had hit the Pentagon near the newly renovated office where Carolyn Halmon worked, and Herman Halmon was calling his wife's number, over and over, and getting no answer.

Carolyn Halmon was "definitely a churchgoing person," her husband said, dedicated to her charity work at the National Church of God in Fort Washington. She also loved gardening at her home in the 5300 block of East Capitol Street NE, growing tomatoes, peppers, greens and flowers.

The couple raised a son, Stan, 28, and a daughter, Alisha, 24, and became grandparents five years ago. Halmon and her husband were starting to look forward to retiring in Hilton Head, S.C., where they had purchased a vacation condominium.

Herman Halmon said he has been attending the twice-daily briefings for families of the missing and has not quite given up hope.

"I know it's just a small chance, but I still got my faith," Halmon said. "I'm hoping that little angel will come past and tell me she's all right."

-- Debbi Wilgoren

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Source: The Washington Post, AP and washingtonpost.com

The profiles in this feature were written in the months following Sept. 11, 2001.

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