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Edward Thomas Earhart

Age: 26

Hometown: Salt Lick, Ky., USA

Occupation: Aerographer's mate first class, U.S. Navy

Location: Ground, Pentagon

"Ed was an aerographer mate 1st class, the naval rank for a meteorologist, at the Naval Ice Center. He would go before the Joint Chiefs of Staff and help give a briefing on where the aircraft carriers would be. He had to know where the ship was going and follow very precise formulas to figure out historically how thick the ice would be at different times of the year. He learned about icebergs during a year's study on a Coast Guard cutter that went all around the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. They had a sign in the office, 'Loose lips sink ships and so do icebergs.' It was an unusual interest but he loved it. He had a picture of an iceberg for a screen saver on his computer." --Andrea Stauter, sister

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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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