October 11, 2001 — Lieutenant Colonel Canfield “Bud” Boone was posthumously promoted to full Colonel October 1, 2001, during a memorial service at the Army National Guard's Readiness Center. Linda Boone, his wife of 31 years, was presented the Purple Heart and Legion of Merit, among other awards, in honor of the man killed Sept. 11 when the hijacked jetliner crashed into the Pentagon.
Boone was serving as the Army Guard's personnel policy integrator for the Army's deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, Lieutenant General Timothy Maude. He was also killed with many members of his staff located in the remodeled, western part of the Pentagon. Boone had reportedly planned to be out of his office that week to work on an Army correspondence course, but he went to the Pentagon to tend to some of his office work.
“I was proud of my husband, and he was proud of what he did,” said Linda Boone, a second-grade teacher, in a biographical sketch. “Serving his country was important to him. He was very patriotic.”
“The Purple Heart is our nation's oldest award still in use,” said Lieutenant General Roger Schultz, director of the Army National Guard, about the medal bestowed on Boone and other military people killed or wounded.
“This in no way makes up for the pain and the suffering and the loss. But it certainly is appropriate,” he told the audience that included the Boones' three grown sons, Chris, Andy and Jason, his mother Gail, his sister, a niece, and his widow's parents.
“Every generation has its heroes, and this one is no different,” added Schultz who is paying tribute to National Guard people who were among the 125 who died or remain unaccounted for because of that terrorist attack and the attack on the World Trade Center.
“All of us work under great pressure, but Bud was always cool and calm,” said Schultz. “He had something special — a sense of duty, a sense of pride and a sense of purpose.”
“Bud was foremost a servant of his country and his family. He left a tremendous legacy in his three boys,” praised the Rev. Rob Bromhead, minister of the Centreville Presbyterian Church.
Boone sang with a barbershop quartet and was a member of his church's choir. Boating during summer vacations in Michigan, coaching youth association basketball and baseball for 10 years, and golfing with his sons were special times.
“It was a chance to be with his boys. They were the light of his life,” Mrs. Boone
added. “He was the best dad and husband. He whistled all the time. Sometimes it drove me crazy. But I'd give anything if I could hear it now.”
Those who have seen the 1986 movie “Hoosiers” might appreciate Boone's middle American roots. He went to the same Milan High School, class of 1966, whose team won the 1954 Indiana state basketball championship and became the inspiration for the movie starring Gene Hackman as the coach. Boone also played basketball and ran track for that high school in rural southeastern Indiana before going to Butler University and spending 31 years in the National Guard.
His burial ceremony was held at Arlington National Cemetery September 29, 2001,following a funeral service in Herndon, Virginia.
Canfield D. Boone
Attack Location: Pentagon
Home: Fairfax Co., Virginia.
Canfield D. Boone, 53, had recently been promoted to full colonel in the Army and worked in personnel in newly renovated offices at the Pentagon.
A native of Milan, Indiana, “Bud” Boone graduated from Butler University, where he majored in history and political science and met his wife, Linda, 52, a second-grade teacher, at Virginia Run Elementary School. “Half my life is gone,” she said. “Half my past. Half my future. It's very hard.”
Their three children, Chris, 23, Andy, 21, and Jason, 18, “are very proud of him, that he served his country,” their mother said.
Boone sold insurance for Prudential and was an Army National Guardsman for several years before going on active duty in 1986. About 10 years ago, the family moved to a two-story colonial in the Little Rocky Run subdivision in Fairfax County.
The Boones belong to Centreville Presbyterian Church.
A neighbor, Subra Bettadapur, described Boone as a “very nice” family man who walked the dog and worked on his lawn “just like all of us did.”
Linda Boone and her sons remember his sense of humor, which has helped them these past days. She recalled: “At restaurants, waitresses [handing him the check] would say, ‘I'll take that when you're ready.' He'd always say, ‘How about a week from next Thursday?' ”
— Eugene L. Meyer
NOTE: Colonel Boone was laid to rest in Section 64 of Arlington National Cemetery, in the shadows of the Pentagon.
BOONE, CANFIELD D. ”BUD”, Col. USA
Of Clifton, Virginia, on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 at the Pentagon. Beloved husband of Linda K. Boone; loving and devoted father of Chris, Andy and Jason Boone; brother of Gay Boone of Tempe, AZ, and Joy Caplinger of Shelbyville, IN. He is a member of Centreville Presbyterian Church. Service will be held at 10 am Saturday at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 651 Dranesville Rd., Herndon. Interment with Full Military Honors at 1 p.m. at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to the American Red Cross or The Survivors Fund, c/o The Community Foundation (202) 955-5890.
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