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Michael Allen Noeth

Age: 30

Hometown: New York, N.Y., USA

Occupation: Illustrator/draftsman second class, U.S. Navy

Location: Ground, Pentagon

"He was absolutely fascinated by the Titanic. It started when he was just a baby and saw some cartoon about it that I can't recall. He was still in diapers. After that, nothing. Then, at 6, it became a real fixation. He read everything he could about it. He built models of every conceivable size, in paper, plastic, wood. You name it. When he was able to get his piece of the Titanic [given to him by his grandmother Muriel Kuhn], he just flipped out." --Merrilly Noeth, mother

Profile:

Michael Allen Noeth, 30, joined the Navy as a deck seaman in 1994 because he wasn't making any money as an artist. A year later he drew a cover for "All Hands," a Navy magazine, where he worked for a short while.

He was stationed on the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp in Norfolk last year when he had a showing of his paintings at the Montserrat Gallery in his native New York City.

"I was so nervous," he was quoted as saying in the Navy Wire Service. "I felt that I would be either successful or I would bomb." Noeth sold five paintings at the showing.

At the time of the attack, Noeth was working on his project of painting portraits of all the chiefs of naval operations, the Los Angeles Times reported.

"I paint sailors to show the world that we don't just ride ships to see some really cool foreign countries," Noeth had told the Navy News Service. "I want people to realize that their freedom and protection comes from the sweat of the sailors on board."

Noeth, a Navy illustrator and draftsman, was a petty officer second class.

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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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