Karl W. Teepe
Attack Location: Pentagon
Home: Centreville, Virginia
Karl Teepe would sometimes take the Metro from the Pentagon to the Mall on his lunch break. He'd sit in a sculpture garden, or one of the Smithsonian Institution galleries, just to let the beauty sink in.
It had been a beautiful year. His daughter Wendy, 28, got married. His son Adam, 22, graduated from college.
“I think we were the most important thing to him,” said Adam.
The family wanted to find a photograph that seemed appropriate. His Army and Defense Intelligence Agency IDs wouldn't do. For those, he would always make the funniest face possible. They chose the one from Wendy's wedding — the glowing father of the bride.
Karl W. Teepe, 57, was born in St. Louis. He worked as a budget analyst. At home in Centreville, he spent his time making his surroundings beautiful — the yard, the deck, the house. He took classes on the human genome, the Civil War, painting.
“Every time I came home, he had some exhibit I had to see,” Wendy said.
At Christmas, he told the stories during the family slide show, bringing alive years of memories.
Before his Pentagon office was struck, he and his wife, Donna, planned a night out to see Garrison Keillor.
“We still have the tickets,” she said.
— Michael Laris
NOTE: Colonel Teepe was laid to rest in Section 64 of Arlington National Cemetery, in the shadows of the Pentagon.
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
Reviewed by: Michael Howard