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By Kent Larsen

Second Pentagon Victim Identified

WASHINGTON, DC -- Mormon News has learned the identity of the second Mormon victim in Tuesday's attack on the Pentagon. Rhonda Ridge Rasmussen was a budget analyst in the army working in the Pentagon each day, along with her husband, Floyd Rasmussen, who worked elsewhere in the Pentagon. She was 44.

Rasmussen, a California native, started working for the Army in 1981, earning a bachelor's degree and an MBA in the Army's controllership program. She married Floyd 27 years ago and the couple raised four children as Floyd pursued an Army career. The couple said they moved 27 times in 27 years.

Floyd says that the couple considered playing hooky last Tuesday, but instead drove to work at the Pentagon. Shortly afterward the building was evacuated, and Floyd searched for Rhonda in the crowd outside, "I basically wandered around the area to see if I could see anybody from her office," he said. He eventually returned home, and became more worried as the day wore on. The next morning, two soldiers from the Army visited to tell him that his wife was listed as missing.

Now the family is grieving for their mother. Floyd and Rhonda had planned to retire and move to California, but he now says he will stay in the Army for the time being, "I'll leave on my terms -- not somebody else's terms," he said. And, Floyd adds, his wife's death will always be with him, "My wife is sacrificed on the altar of freedom," Rasmussen said. "I will spend the rest of my life celebrating hers."


'I'll Spend the Rest of My Life Celebrating Hers'
Washington Post pgPW01 16Sep01 P2
By Fredrick Kunkle: Washington Post Staff Writer


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