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

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Teddington H. Moy

Age: 48

Hometown: Silver Spring, Md., USA

Occupation: Civilian employee, U.S. Army

Location: Ground, Pentagon

"My husband said the eagle is like him. The eagle stands alone and is very wise. He's got courage and is not afraid. He framed the poster himself. He was very proud of it. Underneath the eagle, it says, 'Freedom.' He bought it in the year 2000, and he hung it up on the last Christmas we were together. He collects a lot of flags and pictures of eagles. ... In the picture the eagle is flying so free and high. It flaps its wings out and seems like he's facing you. My husband, he loves the United States. His favorite song was 'Stars and Stripes Forever.' We had it at his funeral. My daughter played it with her string quartet." -- Madeline Moy, wife

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Madeline Moy turned 50 on Sept. 10, and she and her husband, Teddington "Ted" Hamm Moy, 48, celebrated with a low-key dinner of steak and cheese fries at Outback Steakhouse with their son, Daniel, 14. The next morning, she kissed her husband goodbye, handed him his sack lunch and sent him off to work at the Pentagon, where he was a program manager in information management support for the Army.

A short time later, a package arrived in the mail: her birthday gift from her husband, a Lands' End sweater twin set, red.

Madeline Moy had planned to wait all day for Ted to come home so she could open it. She went to work at Charles R. Drew Elementary School in Silver Spring, where she is an instructional assistant. She got a call from her daughter, Jessica, a student at Haverford College in Pennsylvania. The Pentagon is on fire, Jessica said.

"It was devastating, not knowing where he was," Moy said.

Madeline Moy said she has accepted the worst now, that her husband of 21 years perished at the Pentagon.

Ted Moy was born and raised in the District's Chinatown. His parents ran Veteran's Food Market at Fifth and H streets NW, and he helped in the store while growing up.

In 1975, while on a student trip to Taiwan, he met a girl from San Francisco -- Madeline -- and was smitten. She was a lot like him; she had strict, traditional Chinese parents, too, and was born and raised in San Francisco's Chinatown. Their families came from the same village in China, Toi Shan in Canton province.

They married July 12, 1980. Her mother picked the date, a lucky day on the Chinese calendar.

Ted Moy, a printer, began working for the Navy in 1983. He worked there until 1999, when cuts in defense spending shuttered his section and forced him to look for a new job. Then he went to work for the Army at the Pentagon.

"He was so patriotic," his wife said, digging out of a photograph of her husband decked out from head to toe in a red, white and blue sweat suit, complete with a floppy stars-and-stripes hat that he wore on the Fourth of July.

Madeline last spoke to Ted about 8 o'clock that last morning. He called to remind her about their son's orthodontist appointment.

"That was the last I heard from him," Moy said.

-- Annie Gowen

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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