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Lt. Cmdr. Robert Randolph Elseth

Age: 37

Hometown: Vestal, N.Y., USA

Occupation: Naval Reserve; founding partner of Delta Resources Inc., a defense consulting firm., Naval Reserve

Location: Ground, Pentagon

"He really loved kids. He coached them even before he had his own daughter. He was the one guy who could outlast their energy. When we grew up neither one of us played soccer, but he got into it because he loved working with kids and the team needed a coach. He spent countless hours in the yard with his own daughter, and he was coach of his daughter's soccer team at the time of his death. Family was very important to my brother. He was a reservist, and the reason he went off active duty after 10 years was to spend more time with his family." --Maj. Jim Elseth, brother

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Lt. Cmdr. Robert Randolph Elseth, 37, a 14-year Navy man, was in the Naval Reserve when terrorists attacked the Pentagon. His career started in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps at Ohio State University in the mid-1980s, and after graduation, he went to the Surface Warfare Officers School in Newport, R.I.

Elseth went to sea in May 1988 aboard the USS Claude V. Ricketts, followed by the USS Donald B. Beary. Elseth returned to Newport for four years, then set sail on the USS John Rodgers in May 1995. Elseth joined the reserves in July 1997.

Elseth, who listed his home as Vestal, N.Y., lived in Burke. He was active in his church as a Sunday school teacher and coached girls' soccer, the Virginian-Pilot reported. He also was a founding partner of Delta Resources Inc., a defense consulting firm.

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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