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

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Jimmie Ira Holley

Age: 54

Hometown: Lanham, Md., USA

Occupation: Civilian accountant, U.S. Army

Location: Ground, Pentagon

"He kept two cups on his desk--one for Diet Coke and one for water. Those cups stayed full long after he got killed. It took Mama a long time to clean them, but they are still sitting on the desk where they were when he last left them. He wouldn't drink out of anything else but those cups. He wouldn't use a glass or anything. Even when he was sitting on the floor eating ice cream and watching TV, he had the cups on the floor with him. I don't know what it was about those cups, but they were his favorites. And they are still sitting right on his desk." --Daniel Jackson, stepson


Martha Jackson-Holley did laundry yesterday to make sure her husband's clothes are clean when he comes home.

"I know how meticulous my baby is," she said. "I want everything to be right for him."

Jackson-Holley last spoke with her husband, Jimmie Ira Holley, 54, a Pentagon accountant, shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday, just before a passenger plane plowed into the World Trade Center and touched off a macabre series of events that would leave his family devastated.

"He caught the Metro to work, and I drive, so every morning he called me to make sure I got there safely," Jackson-Holley said. "The last thing we said was, 'I love you.' "

An hour after the call, Jackson-Holley was at work at the pharmacy at Fort Myer when a loud explosion shook the building. As she and her colleagues raced outside, she looked toward her husband's workplace and saw billowing clouds of black smoke.

"When I heard about the . . . World Trade Center, I prayed they wouldn't do anything to the Pentagon, but I knew it would be a target because it is the power center," she said.

As she waited with fellow employees locked down on Fort Myer, she called her husband's cell phone repeatedly but got no answer. She called her daughter, Kelly Jackson, and told her to "go home and wait for Jimmie's call."

But Jimmie hasn't called. He is listed as unaccounted for. His loved ones finally toured the wreckage that was his workplace Saturday. Yesterday, Jackson-Holley went to Walter Reed Army Medical Center -- Holley is retired from the Army -- to sign a release allowing his medical records to be shipped to Dover, Del., where forensics experts are going about the task of identifying remains found at the Pentagon.

Then the family returned to the Lanham home Holley purchased for his bride last year when they were married after courting for more than 10 years. They wait and pray and hope.Jackson-Holley said her husband has survived Vietnam, a kidney transplant and quadruple bypass surgery, so it is possible that he is still alive in the rubble.

But while the adults are hopeful that Holley may make his way back home, his youngest loved one seems to have accepted that he may not return.

"Pop-Pop is not coming back," said Holley's 4-year-old granddaughter, Kayla Walker. "His eyes are closed. The bad man got him."

-- Avis Thomas-Lester

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

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