Source: June Kronholz, "Chief of Oral History Tapes Tales of Those Touched by Sept. 11th", The Wall Street Journal, 30 November 2001.

In the aftermath of the September 11th tragedies, attention was paid to public service work usually done far from the spotlight. It was a pleasure to see the Army's Center of Military History make front page news in The Wall Street Journal on 30 November 2001.

The article's focus was the Center's Stephen Lofgren, chief of oral history, who is recording stories of those touched by the tragedy at the Pentagon. Mr. Lofgren leads a team of 24 Army historians and interviewers who are amassing a sizeable collection of tales from victims, rescue workers, chaplains, grief counselors, and others. At the time of the article's publication, some 500 interviews have been recorded. More are sought with senior Pentagon officials who are too busy to talk at the moment. "We'll wait," Richard Stewart, Lofgren's superior and chief of histories was quoted as saying. "Historians are patient people." The Center continues to add, ten years after the fact, to its 800 oral histories from Desert Storm and its 400 oral histories from Somalia.

"The Army has 159 historians scattered among its major commands and training bases," the Journal reported. "The Navy, Marines, and Air Force each have their own historians. So do the Department of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, whose history office was damaged in the Pentagon attack. There are historians attached to each of the unified commands to record their stories—the Tampa, Fla., Central Command, for example, which is running operations in Afghanistan. And there are the Army's 21 reserve history units. One three-person unit has been activated in New York, and three others have been called up to help with Pentagon oral histories."  

The September 11th oral histories will be used "in an all services monograph that the Navy will write and the defense secretary's office will publish," the Journal reported. The Army may write its own history. Regardless, the interview transcripts will eventually become part of the public record.