|FYI — January 2002|
|By Brad Dunn|
Yacht’s Flag Soars High
After a grueling and fruitless six-hour search for survivors, firefighter Dan McWilliams from Engine 255 in Brooklyn peered through the dust and spotted Old Glory flying from a yacht docked behind the World Financial Center. According to reports, he made his way to the boat, rolled up the flag around its pole so it wouldn’t touch the ground, and carried it back to the rescue area. He grabbed two fellow firefighters and together they raised the Star and Stripes on a pole anchored in the rubble, about 20 feet off the ground. That’s when Thomas E. Franklin, a photographer for New Jersey’s The Record, snapped the shot that filled front pages on newspapers across the world. "Everybody just needed a shot in the arm," McWilliams later said. "Every pair of eyes that saw that flag got a little brighter."
Neither the yacht nor the yacht’s owner have been identified. But the flag is now flying high over another vessel: the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt. Admiral Robert J. Natter, commander of the Atlantic Fleet, says the flag will serve as a memorial and motivator for all naval forces in the Arabian Sea.
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This article originally appeared in the June 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.