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Cheryle D. Sincock

Age: 53

Hometown: Dale City, Va., USA

Occupation: Administrative assistant, U.S. Army

Location: Ground, Pentagon

"Growing up, she had few dolls, and so later on, dolls were kind of her thing. Cheryle loved kids--she especially loved her grandkids--but she always loved everyone else's kids, too. She had a big collection of china dolls, and for the granddaughters, there were specific ones for each. She collected Beanie Babies for kids to play with and stuffed bears because they reminded her of her mother-in-law. Cheryle knew I wanted to finish my degree. She used to sit around and say, 'I wonder if I'm going to put Mrs. Doctorate on my business cards.' I pushed through and got my PhD, and it was in her memory." --Craig Sincock, Husband


Cheryle Sincock's children had been urging her to retire, but she liked her work as a Pentagon secretary and she liked the people she worked with.

At 53, "she could have retired a little while ago, but she didn't do it, even with the prodding from the kids," said her stepson William Mitchell, 34, an Army warrant officer. "We said, 'Take a break. Get away from it,' but she stuck with it."

Family members -- Craig Sincock, her husband of 20 years; her three daughters; one of her 16 siblings; and Mitchell -- awaited word of her yesterday at her home in Dale City. Officially, they knew only that she was "unaccounted for" after American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon on Tuesday morning.

Tony Fasolo, a civilian Army employee, said he and Sincock exchanged hellos every morning. He always saw her, he said, with another secretary, who also is listed among the missing.

"They were just innocent people doing their job," Fasolo said.

-- Jennifer Lenhart

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Source: The Washington Post, AP and

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

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