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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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Cmdr. Robert Allan Schlegel

Age: 38

Hometown: Alexandria, Va., USA

Occupation: U.S. Navy, U.S. Navy

Location: Ground, Pentagon

"He saved his boutonniere from our wedding day 14 years ago. My husband distinguished himself academically and professionally, but I feel his legacy is the way that he touched people and his relationships. The boutonniere is symbolic of not just our relationship, but the depth of his caring. He was a man of many dimensions, and this captures what he held closest to his heart." --Dr. Dawn Schlegel, wife


Cmdr. Robert A. Schlegel, like his father and two brothers, saw the Navy as a calling.

Before being posted to the Pentagon last September, Schlegel was executive officer of the USS Arthur W. Radford, a 9,000-ton destroyer. That assignment followed tours aboard the USS Scott and the USS Yarnell.

With so many others, Schlegel's name was on the Pentagon's list of those missing after the deliberate crash of American Airlines Flight 77. From their home in Alexandria, his wife, Dawn, said it was premature to talk about her husband in anything but the present tense.

"He comes from a military family," said Schlegel, adding that she is proud of his accomplishments, including a recent promotion. "It was a big deal that he was selected for command."

Schlegel, who was born in Gray, Maine, graduated from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Va., where he was a French and journalism major. He also received a master's degree in international affairs.

-- Michael Laris

Source: The Washington Post, AP and

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

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