James T. Lynch
Hometown: Manassas, Va., USA
Occupation: Civilian employee, U.S. Navy
Location: Ground, Pentagon
"Jimmy was born on the 4th of July. He was very patriotic, and very proud of working for the U.S. government for 35 years, including at the Pentagon since 1969. He had been wanting a flagpole for such a long time. We tried one of those flimsy ones that attach to the house, but we couldn't get it to work right. I finally bought a flagpole for his birthday about six or seven years ago, but I told him he had to go and pick it up himself because it was so big. Though it wasn't a surprise, he was still tickled. He flew the Mark Martin (NASCAR) flag just beneath the American flag." -- Brenda Lynch, wife
James T. Lynch, 55, of Manassas, was a civilian television and video technician who worked for the Navy, and reported to work as usual on Tuesday.
A neighbor described Lynch as a Kenny Rogers look-alike who loved to work in his yard. "He was a decent guy and very hardworking," neighbor Mary Sedlak said.
Another neighbor and close friend said Lynch enjoyed his job at the Pentagon.
"The man had a flagpole in the middle of his front lawn. He always flew his flag," said Bonnie Nahas.
Nahas said Lynch would help his neighbors. "He was the kind of guy that when he was out mowing the grass, he'd mow the lawn out between the sidewalk and the street, too," she said.
Sedlak said Lynch could often be seen outside his home, working on his motorcycle. Lynch was married and had a son and daughter.
-- Rosalind S. Helderman
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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