Michael L. Selves
Attack Location: Pentagon
Home: Fairfax, Virginia
Michael L. Selves and his wife, Gayle, were counting the days until he could retire from his job at the Pentagon. Next stop: the greens and fairways of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Avid golfers, the couple married six years ago at the Fairfax National Golf Club in Centreville and planned a move to South Carolina next year.
“We have some very good friends down there. We were looking at real estate and making all of our plans,” Gayle said through tears.
Over the course of a 20-year Army career, Selves served in South Korea and Italy, advancing to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In 1996, as a civilian, he became Director of the Army's Information Management Support Center at the Pentagon.
His office was on the first floor of E Ring — the point where Flight 77, with terrorists at the controls, struck first. Near his desk were photos of the lakes and mountains close by his home town of Pendleton, Oregon, colleagues said. A University of Oregon graduate, he was an ardent fan of the Ducks.
Friends and family said Selves was as skillful with jokes as he was with a putter, and he developed close friendships wherever he went. As word spread that he was missing in the Pentagon attack, friends he had known since grade school showered his wife with sympathy. Calls came in from around the world. His
high school classmates sent flowers.
Feelings ran equally strong among those who had known him for only a few years. Selves generated such intense loyalty that most of those who worked for him and left his office were transferred unwillingly, colleagues said.
He knew how to liven up a boring meeting, they said. One co-worker recalled a stunt two years ago in which Selves, speaking at a seminar, slowly stripped down to his undershirt and a bathing suit.
Recalled his wife: “All of the people he worked with were just devastated because he was really loved. His sense of humor is probably what made him so special to everyone. He could make just about anyone laugh.”
Sunday was Selves's birthday. He would have turned 54.
— David Cho
SELVES, MICHAEL L., LTC, USA (Ret.), 53
Of Fairfax, Virginia on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 as a result of the terrorist attack on the Pentagon. Husband of Gayle Selves; son of Florence and Jack Selves; brother of Karen Hart and step-father of Cara and Garth Clarke. Memorial services will be held at Fort Myer Memorial Chapel on Saturday, October 13 at 9 a.m. Friends are asked to assemble at 8:15 a.m. at Memorial Gate to be escorted to the chapel. Interment Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1211 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 501, Washington, DC 20036.
NOTE: Colonel Selves 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